CONCACAF Champions League
- 2020 CONCACAF Champions League resumes on December 15
- The mini-tournament will be held in Orlando, Florida
- The champion will represent the region at the FIFA Club World Cup in February 2021
The year 2020 has not yet delivered all its verdicts. The 2020 CONCACAF Champions League resumes from December 15 to 22. After a nine-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CONCACAF has decided to host a centralized knockout tournament that will be played behind closed doors in Orlando, Florida, and at the end of which we will know the champion regional.
All eight participating clubs will be looking for the only ticket available to represent the confederation at the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup ™, which takes place from 1 to 11 February. AFC Champions League winner Al Ahly, Bayern Munich, Auckland City and Copa Libertadores winner will also be there.
Competition schedule (EST time, CET-6)
Tuesday December 15
8:00 p.m. Olimpia – Montreal (go 2-1)
10:30 p.m. Tigers – NYCFC (go 1-0)
Wednesday December 16
20h00 Atlanta United – Club América (aller 0-3)
22h30 LAFC – Cruz Azul (match sec)
Saturday 19 December
8:00 p.m. Winner of Olimpia-Montreal – Winner of Tigres-NYCFC
10:30 p.m. Winner of Atlanta United-Club América – Winner of LAFC-Cruz Azul
Tuesday 22 December
10:00 p.m. Winner semi-final 1 – Winner semi-final 2
A new champion
A new champion will be crowned this year since Monterrey, defending champion, did not participate in the 2020 edition of the Champions League. On the other hand, there are other teams with a good track record in the competition. Club America, the most successful club in the tournament (7), is in the best position in the quarterfinals after its 3-0 success in the first leg in Atlanta on March 12.
Thierry Henry’s Montreal Impact will finish facing the Hondurans of Olimpia who took a 2-1 lead in the first leg. Olimpia has already eliminated Seattle Sounders, MLS champion, in the round of 16 on penalties. Pedro Troglio’s men hope to become the first Honduran club to reach the last four of the competition.
Will the fourth time be the right one for Tigres? UANL have been to three of the last four Champions League finals and have lost each time, the last two with just one goal difference in aggregate. The first team to stand in the way will be the NYCFC, which the Mexicans beat 1-0 in the first leg in March thanks to a decisive goal from Eduardo Vargas in added time. Tigres will not be able to count on his Chilean player for the return leg, however, since he has since been transferred to Brazil’s Atlético Mineiro.
The competition was postponed even before LAFC and Cruz Azul could play their quarter-final first leg. The two teams will therefore have to decide on a single match. Cruz Azul, 2014 champion, will have to recover quickly from his elimination in the semi-finals of the Liga MX Apertura against Pumas. Bob Bradley’s LAFC also needs to bounce back from their 3-1 loss to Seattle in the first round of the MLS play-offs in the Western Conference.
Players to watch
Carlos candle, 2019 MLS Golden Boot, and Diego Rossi, MLS Golden Boot 2020 hope to bring their talent to LAFC. Andre Pierre Gignac, nominated for the FIFA Puskás Prize 2020, intends to honor his status as a Tigers hero. Young circles like Sebastian Cordova (Club América) and Ezequiel Barco (Atlanta United) are also expected, as are Michaell Chirinos for Olimpia.
How to follow the matches?
If you are in the CONCACAF region : although the matches will be played behind closed doors, supporters will be able to follow them in the region thanks to the Confederation’s network of TV partners, in particular FOX Sports (United States, English), TUDN (United States, Spanish), Fox Sports Latin America (Mexico, Spanish), ESPN (Central America, Spanish), TSN and RDS (Canada, English and French), Flow Sports (West Indies, English) and other local partners.