After handily disposing of FC Motagua in the Round of 16 a couple weeks ago, Atlanta United has reached the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League for the second straight year. Similar to the previous tournament, the Five Stripes are paired with one of Liga MX’s top teams in Club América. Drawn away in the first leg, Atlanta will take the field at the historic Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, one of the largest soccer stadiums on Earth and site of two World Cup Finals.
This match of heavyweights was nearly avoided, though, as Club América was forced into penalties with Guatemalan side Comunicacaiones in order to advance. We did get to see this matchup happen last season, a 3-2 Atlanta win in the Campeones Cup. A result like that would be extremely welcome in the more significant matches ahead.
Questions remain surrounding the Atlanta United lineup as the injury list grows by the game. Josef, Miles Robinson, Franco Escobar, and recently-signed Laurence Wyke will all be sidelined for the match. However, we may see more minutes for new signings Mattheus Rossetto, who made his competitive debut against Cincinnati, and winger Manuel Castro, who has yet to see the field for Atlanta United.
How do y’all think Atlanta should approach Leg One in the Azteca? Discuss predictions, gut feelings, and everything else happening down in Mexico City in the match thread below. Drink your energy drinks, wash your hands, and join us late tonight for another installment of CCL Fever-branded #5StripesAfterDark.
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
#ATLUTD’s Starting XI vs @ClubAmerica pic.twitter.com/1U1ijP3jaR— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) March 12, 2020
Club América’s Lineup:
| S Q U A D— Club América EN (@ClubAmerica_EN) March 12, 2020
2⃣ Luis Fuentes
5⃣ Santiago Cáseres
7⃣ Leo Suárez
1⃣1⃣ Andrés Ibargüen
1⃣8⃣ @bruvaldez ©
1⃣9⃣ Ema Aguilera
2⃣1⃣ @HenryMartinM pic.twitter.com/1IgYhO6LNB
How to Watch:
Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
Kickoff Time: Wednesday, March 11th; 10:30 P.M. EST
Available TV: Fox Sports 2, TUDN
Available Streaming: FuboTV (Free Trial)
Available Radio: 92.9 The Game
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