Haitian side Cavaly AS has struggled to gain access to United States visas for weeks on end and were not able to attain them. As a result, the New England Revolution are granted progression to the quarterfinals of the 2022 SCCL. They will face the winner of Liga MX team Pumas UNAM and Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica. CONCACAF issued the following statement on the matter:
“AS Cavaly (HAI) has notified CONCACAF that the club has been unable to obtain the necessary visas required to travel to the United States for their upcoming SCCL matches against the New England Revolution (USA), and that they have made the decision to formally withdraw from the competition.”
While it is virtually a free pass for the Revs, it would have been a good opportunity to play a weaker squad prior to the MLS season. This will put the Revolution straight into a quarterfinal CCL matchup against a team that has already won a two-legged tie. The team will most likely be Pumas, who will be no easy beat.
Instead, Portland will host New England on February 26th to open up the MLS campaign, with those two Champions League legs likely sprinkled into the early part of the season. The Revs will look to get off to a strong start in their first few games prior to the March CCL window.