2021 Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship kicks off Saturday

Orlando City SC defender Jonathan Spector (2) defends against Hector Ramos (9) of Puerto Rico during an International friendly soccer match between the Puerto Rico National Team and the Orlando City SC at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.
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The 2021 Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship kicks off on Saturday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with 15 teams in search of the title and a place in the 2022 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

CONCACAF said tour teams will do battle in Group A: O&M FC of the Dominican Republic, Flames United SC of Sint Maarten, Inter Moengo Tapoe of Suriname and Metropolitan of Puerto Rico.

“Inter Moengo Tapoe are well acquainted with CONCACAF competition,” CONCACAF said. “After appearing in nine previous editions of the CFU Club Championship, the Suriname club reached the final of the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield, narrowly losing 2-1 to Club Franciscain of Martinique.”

CONCACAF said Flames United SC also have some international competition under their belts.

It said the club participated in the 2017 CFU Club Championship and now will try to make strides in the 2021 FCCCC.

CONCACAF said O&M FC will be looking to become the third different Dominican Republic side to qualify for the SCCL, following in the footsteps of Cibao FC and Atletico Pantoja.

“O&M have their fair share of weapons, including Dominican Republic National Team FW Domingo Peralta and MF Wilman Modesta,” CONCACAF said.

Rounding out the group is Metropolitan, who were Liga Puerto Rico champions in 2018-19 and boast a familiar name in CONCACAF in FW Hector Ramos, CONCACAF said.

It said the 31-year-old has appeared in 11 SCCL matches in his career, three as a member of the Puerto Rico Islanders and eight with Isidro Metapan of El Salvador.

CONCACAF said Ramos also featured in five Scotiabank CONCACAF League matches with Alianza of El Salvador and has four career SCCL goals.

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