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Atlanta United clinch spot in 2020 Concacaf Champions League

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MLS: Champions League-Monterrey at Atlanta United FC Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta United are back in the Concacaf Champions League for the second straight year. The Five Stripes clinched a spot in the federation’s championship tournament thanks to winning the 2019 U.S. Open Cup against Minnesota United.

It’s a welcome return for a hungry club looking to atone for a bitter dismissal from their first-ever foray into the highly competitive tournament. After winning their first ever match-up against Costa Rican side Herediano in the Round of 16, they were eliminated by Liga MX powerhouse Monterrey in the quarterfinals.

While it was a rude awakening to just how good Mexican clubs are in this competition and overall, it served as great experience that would go on to prepare Atlanta for a huge Campeones Cup win over Club America later in the season.

Now that everyone at the club knows just what to expect in the CCL, could this finally be their moment to prove they are among the elite on the whole continent? We shall see.