THE CONCACAF CHAM­PI­ONS LEAGUE IS BACK

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Marco D'Onofrio takes a peak at the CONCACAF Cham­pi­ons League draw and whether this could fi­nally be the year an MLS team is vic­to­ri­ous.

The draw for the 2019 CONCACAF Cham­pi­ons League took place in early De­cem­ber with MLS be­ing rep­re­sented by Toronto FC, Sport­ing Kansas City, Hous­ton Dy­namo, At­lanta United, and the New York Red Bulls.

Last sea­son, Toronto came closer than any other MLS club to win­ning the tour­na­ment, but lost in the fi­nal in a heart-break­ing penalty shoot-out to Chivas Guadala­jara. They also had one of the most dif­fi­cult paths to get to the fi­nal, hav­ing to take on the Colorado Rapids and three con­sec­u­tive Mex­i­can clubs – Ti­gres, Club Amer­ica, and

Chivas.

This year though, the draw has been much kin­der as they play Pana­ma­nian side In­de­pen­di­ente in the Round of 16 be­fore meeting either Sport­ing KC or Toluca in the quar­ter-fi­nals if they ad­vance. The New York Red Bulls also mounted a se­ri­ous run in the con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion last sea­son, reach­ing the semi-fi­nals be­fore ul­ti­mately be­ing elim­i­nated by the even­tual cham­pi­ons. The tour­na­ment has al­ways been won by a Mex­i­can club and with the con­tin­ual growth of MLS both on and off the pitch, 2019 could fi­nally be the year a team from MLS wins the tour­na­ment.

The com­pe­ti­tion kicks off be­fore the MLS reg­u­lar sea­son, with the first Round of 16 game tak­ing place on Fe­bru­ary 19th. It'll con­clude with the sec­ond leg of the fi­nal on May 2nd.

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