The dust has settled in Los Angeles with LAFC taking down Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy by a final score of 5 to 3. While home-field advantage due to a Galaxy win would have been a dream come true, there is a reason to celebrate with an LAFC win – the Seattle Sounders have officially qualified for the 2020 Concacaf Champions League.
Atlanta United secured their spot through the U.S. Open Cup, LAFC took the Supporters’ Shield, NYCFC paved their way by topping the Eastern Conference, and Toronto FC is unable to qualify for the tournament by winning MLS Cup as a Candian club.
Should the Sounders win the cup, they will enter the CCL as MLS champion. If any other group finishes up top, the club would then jump into the spot reserved for the U.S. Open Cup champion due to having the next best overall season record.
The 2020 Concacaf Champions League kicks off on February 18th and will conclude on May 7th of 2020 – featuring 16 clubs from eight associations. The winner will secure a position in the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup being held in Qatar.
The official draw will be held on December 9th in Mexico City.
Round of 16: 18–20 February 2020 (1st leg), 25–27 February 2020 (2nd leg).
Quarter-finals: 10–12 March 2020 (1st leg), 17–19 March 2020 (2nd leg).
Semi-finals: 7–9 April 2020 (1st leg), 14–16 April 2020 (2nd leg).
Finals: 28–30 April 2020 (1st leg), 5–7 May 2020 (2nd leg).
The following clubs have qualified:
Los Angeles FC
New York City FC
Atlanta United FC
Seattle Sounders FC