Atlanta United learned their opening opponent of the 2020 Concacaf Champions League on Monday night. The Five Stripes will take on Honduran side FC Motagua in the Round of 16 in their second-ever appearance in the regional championship.
Motagua captured the 2018-19 Apetura and Clausura titles in Honduras. They last appeared in the CCL in 2018 where they fell to Club Tijuana in the Round of 16, 2-1 on aggregate.
Looking at current form, Motagua finished third in the most recent Apertura and are second through four matches in the Clausura.
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If Atlanta can get past Motagua and advance further, they face a difficult path to the final with a potential quarterfinal matchup against Club America staring them in the face. Cruz Azul, Club Leon, and LAFC also reside on their side of the bracket. It’s certainly not the easiest draw possible, but anything is possible when it comes to two-legged knockout soccer.
Atlanta United learned a few things in their inaugural effort in 2019. Will that be enough to get them prepared for the gauntlet of Liga MX and possible MLS matchups that await? We shall see.
The Round of 16 kicks off between February 18-20 with the return legs happening February 25-27. Atlanta United, due to being the higher seed, will host the second and deciding leg.