TENAFLY, NJ (Jan. 26, 2021) — A new four-team format ahead of the kickoff to a new league season is featured in Supercopa Pilsener 2021, the curtain-raiser to the Ecuadorean season to be carried Live on FITE Pay Per View, presented by Integrated Sports Media.
Because the coronavirus pandemic disrupted last year’s competition, the national federation decided to expand the Supercopa to four teams — LDU Quito (winner of the 2020 Supercopa), Emelec (Serie A champions in 2013, 2014 and 2015), Independiente del Valle (2019 Copa Sudamericana champion) and 9 de Octubre (the 2020 Serie B champion, which replaced Barcelona).
Integrated Sports Media is distributing all four games. The semifinal on Feb. 4 (8 p.m. Eastern) between LDU Quito and Independiente del Valle from Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in the nation’s capital; the semifinal on Feb. 5 (8 p.m. Eastern) between Emelec and 4 de Octubre from Estadio Christian Benitez Betancourt in Guayaquil. The two semifinal losers will contest the third-place match on Feb. 9 (8 p.m. Eastern) in Quito; the semifinal winners will face off on Feb. 10 (8 p.m. Eastern) in Guayaquil.
The semifinal matches will be available for $9.99 each; the third-place match will be available for $12.99; and the final for $14.99. The matches will be carried live in the United States on cable and satellite TV, and via streaming digital PPV worldwide (excluding Ecuador) online at WWW.FITE.TV, and via any of the FITE mobile and OTT apps including Roku, Apple TV, Google Play, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Netgem, Foxxum, Zeasn, Netrange, Xfinity X1, Flex and Cox Contour plus 7,000 Smart TV models such as Vizio, Hisense, and more. FITE is also offering a package bundle for all 4 games available in English and Spanish for just $34.99.
Barcelona, the country’s most successful club with 16 Serie A titles, declined to play in the invitational tournament because of a sponsorship conflict, and was replaced by 9 de Octubre. The Guayaquil club was promoted to Serie A after capturing the Serie B title. Delfin SC, the Serie A winning in 2019, also declined an invitation.
Independiente del Valle, led by its young midfield wunderkind Moisés Caicedo, enters the tournament after having reached the final of the 2016 Copa Libertadores, winning the Copa Sudamericana in 2019 and taking second place in the 2020 Recopa.
LDU Quito has won 11 Serie A titles, most recently in 2018, and won Copa Ecuador in 2019 and is the defending Supercopa champions. Emelec, based in Guayaquil, has won 14 Serie A championships, most recently in 2017 after having won three straight titles from 2013-15.
Emelec was invited to play in the expanded Supercopa by virtue of those three straight championships.
Each of the four clubs will receive $35,000 for participating in the tournament. The champion club will get an additional $50,000; second place is worth $25,000 and third place $15,000.
The schedule (all times Eastern):