Atlanta United will learn their opponent for the 2021 Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 today as the draw for the knockout stages of the competition will take place. The Five Stripes were awarded their spot in this year’s tournament due to being the reigning U.S. Open Cup champions after the competition was cancelled in 2020.
They join fellow MLS sides Columbus Crew, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, and Toronto FC (assuming they win the Canadian Championship vs. Forge FC) in Pot 1 of the draw. They are joined by Liga MX powerhouses Club America, Monterrey, and Cruz Azul.
Pot 1 (clubs ranked 1-8): Forge FC or Toronto FC (CAN), CF Monterrey (MEX), Club America (MEX), Cruz Azul (MEX), Atlanta United FC (USA), Columbus Crew SC (USA), Philadelphia Union (USA) and Portland Timbers (USA).
Pot 2 consists of the eight remaining participants from all over Central America alongside one Liga MX outfit in Club Leon that every team in Pot 1 will be hoping to avoid.
Pot 2 (clubs ranked 9-16): Deportivo Saprissa (CRC), LD Alajuelense (CRC), Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), Arcahaie FC (HAI), CD Marathon (HON), CD Olimpia (HON), Club Leon (MEX) and Real Esteli FC (NCA).
Teams from Pot 1 will be drawn alongside a seeding placement from Pot A. The same procedure with occur for Pot 2 with the corresponding seeds matching up against each other in the Round of 16. It should be noted that Club Leon will not be able to be drawn against any Liga MX side in the first round of matchups due to tournament rules.
Pot A: A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8.
Pot B: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7 and B8.
How to Watch
When: Wednesday, February 10; 7:00 p.m. ET
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