MLS SOCCER

Draw date for Champions League is set

Atlanta United will learn its fate in CONCACAF later in December for next year's Champions League

The governing federation of soccer (CONCACAF) in North America announced in a press release that it will host the draw for next year’s Champions League on Dec. 9 in Mexico City.

The tournament features the 16 best soccer clubs in the area, with the winner earning a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup.

For the Five Stripes, next year’s tournament will mark its second consecutive year where the team will attempt to add another trophy to its trophy case.

This year, Atlanta United defeated Herediano from Costa Rica in the Round of 16, but then fell to eventual champions Monterrey in the quarterfinals. 

The tournament features a home-and-away series in each round and as of right now, there are already 15 teams qualified for next year’s tournament. The only spot remaining will be given to this year’s MLS Cup champion.

If any U.S. team that is already qualified (Atlanta United, LAFC, NYCFC) wins MLS Cup, then that spot will be given to the Seattle Sounders, as they are the highest ranked team in the final regular season standings of 2019.

The first leg of the Round of 16 will be held between Feb. 18-20 and the second leg will be a week later between Feb 25-27.

The qualified teams are the following:

Montreal Impact (Canada)

AD San Carlos (Costa Rica)

Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica)

Alianza FC (El Salvador)

Comunicaciones FC (Guatemala)

CD Olimpia (Honduras)

FC Motagua (Honduras)

Portmore United FC (Jamaica)

Club America (Mexico)

Club Leon (Mexico)

Cruz Azul FC (Mexico)

Tigres UANL (Mexico)

Atlanta United FC (USA)

Los Angeles FC (USA)

New York City FC (USA)

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