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CCL Draw 2021: Atlanta United to face Liga Deportiva Alajuelense in Round of 16

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Atlanta has its first official matchup of the 2021 season.

Atlanta United FC v Club America - Leg 2: Quarterfinals - 2020 CONCACAF Champions League Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images

Atlanta United will face off against Costa Rican club Liga Deportiva Alajuelense in the Concacaf Champions League Round of 16.

The opening weekend of the tournament will be April 6-8, with the second leg to be played on April 13-15. The opening day of the 2021 MLS season will be played on April 17.

This year marks Atlanta’s third consecutive appearance in the regional tournament, but Atlanta United has yet to make it past the quarter-finals of the competition. The Five Stripes fell to Monterrey in 2019 and Club America in the 2020 edition.

LD Alajuelense qualified for the CCL this year by making it to the semifinals (and eventually winning, mind you) the 2020 Concacaf League.

Atlanta United qualified for the 2021 edition of the tournament due to being the reigning champion of the US Open Cup, which was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The Costa Rican side has already begun its 2021 campaign and sits on top of the Costa Rican Primera Division with four wins, two draws, and no losses.