D.C. United were drawn into a favorable group this evening at the CONCACAF Champions League draw in Miami, Florida
United will face Panamanian champions Tauro FC and Waterhouse FC from Jamaica. The group stage consists of 24 teams in 8 groups and is a round-robin competition with only the group winner advancing to the knockout stages that will begin early in 2015. United is the #2 seed in Group 4. Tauro FC has been a mainstay in recent CCL competitions while the Black-and-Red have been out of the CCL since 2009. Waterhouse FC in Jamaica will be playing for the first time in the competition.
United, along with five other MLS teams will begin competition later this summer as the dates have yet to announced. The draw was quite favorable for United as they avoided tough CONCACAF squads such as Saprissa of Costa Rica and Municipal of Guatemala. No U.S. based MLS teams or Mexican teams can be drawn in the group stages. However, the Canadian champion (first leg final is tonight between Montreal Impact and Toronto FC) is drawn into New York Red Bulls Group 3.
Sporting Kansas City is the top seed in Group 2 but were unfortunate to draw Saprissa into their group. The Portland Timbers are the #2 seed in Group 5 and will face off against Olimpia of Honduras and very lightly regarded Alpha United FC.
All in all, United has a more than favorable chance to advance to the knockout stages in 2015
In other United news, MLS has rescinded the red card given to Eddie Johnson over the weekend against the New England Revolution and will be available to play this weekend at RFK Stadium against Sporting Kansas City. That match will begin at 7pm EST and will be televised locally on CSNWashington.