Regardless what transpires during the MLS Cup Playoffs in November and December, New York City will have at least one more game to play next month.
It will be in the Concacaf Champions League, which will resume at a site to be determined in the United States in December.
NYCFC will meet Tigres UANL, which won the opening leg at Red Bull Arena March 11, on Dec. 15 or 16. The March 11 encounter was the last time City played competitively due to the COVID-19 pandemic until the MLS is Back tournament in July.
The quarterfinal winner will meet either CD Olimpia or the Montreal Impact in the semifinals Dec. 19.
The final is set for Dec. 22.
In contrast to Concacaf tradition, all rounds will be one leg, instead of two.
If NYCFC reaches MLS Cup, which is scheduled for Dec. 12, the team will have three days to prepare for the competition. While it seems like an unbearable situation, the Major League Soccer club would love to have a problem like that because it would mean playoff success.
Concacaf decided to hold the rest of the competition at one site.
In a Monday press release, the confederation announced that it developed extensive new CCL regulations to ensure the delivery of a safe and highly controlled environment for all the players, coaches, team staff and officials that will participate. These include a high-frequency COVID-19 testing regime before and during the competition and robust health and safety protocols that will be strictly applied.
These matches will be played behind closed doors. Discussions are underway with the confederation’s broadcast partners to ensure all matches are widely available for fans.
“At Concacaf our focus in recent months has been to continue supporting our Member Associations and the wider football family during this challenging time, and on working hard to ensure we can resume our suspended competitions,” Concacaf president Victor Montagliani said in a statement.
“It has been extremely pleasing to see so many leagues across the region get back to playing football again and the time is right for our flagship club tournament, the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, to return with the necessary protocols in place to ensure it is safe for everyone involved.”
2020 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
First Leg Round of 16
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Portmore United FC (1) vs. (2) Cruz Azul FC
FC Motagua (1) vs. (1) Atlanta United FC
Club Leon (2) vs. (0) LAFC
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Deportivo Saprissa (2) vs. (2) Montreal Impact
Alianza FC (2) vs. (1) Tigres UANL
Comunicaciones FC (1) vs. (1) Club America
Thursday, February 20, 2020
AD San Carlos (3) vs. (5) NYCFC
CD Olimpia (2) vs. (2) Seattle Sounders FC
Second Leg Round of 16
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Atlanta United FC (3) vs. (0) FC Motagua
Cruz Azul FC (4) vs. (0) Portmore United FC
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
NYCFC (1) vs. (0) AD San Carlos
Montreal Impact (0) vs. (0) Deportivo Saprissa
Tigres UANL (4) vs. (2) Alianza FC
Club America (1) vs. (1) Comunicaciones FC (5-3 p)
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Seattle Sounders FC (2) vs. (2) CD Olimpia (2-4 p)
LAFC (3) vs. (0) Club Leon
First Leg Quarterfinals
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Montreal Impact (1) vs. (2) CD Olimpia
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
NYCFC (0) vs. (1) Tigres UANL
Club América (3) vs. (0) Atlanta United FC
Second Leg Quarterfinals
December 15 and 16, 2020
CD Olimpia vs. Impact Montreal
Atlanta United FC vs. Club America
Tigres UANL vs. NYCFC
LAFC vs. Cruz Azul (single leg match)
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Club America or Atlanta United FC vs. LAFC or Cruz Azul
Tigres UANL or NYCFC vs. CD Olimpia or Impact Montreal
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2