MIAMI – Concacaf Tuesday announced that Orlando, Fla. will host the final matches of the Concacaf Champions League.
All matches will be played at Exploria Stadium, home of Orlando City SC (Major League Soccer) and Orlando Pride (National Women’s Soccer League).
The confederation’s flagship club competition will resume with centralized quarterfinals, semifinals and final to be played from Dec. 15-22.
Orlando hosted the MLS is Back Tournament this summer in its return during the COVID-19 pandemic, as teams played in a bubble at Walt Disney World.
Through the introduction of an adjusted format with single leg games in a neutral venue, the CCL will be concluded after seven games to crown a champion.
Quarterfinals: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Dec. 15-16
CD Olimpia (2) vs (1) Impact Montreal
Atlanta United FC (0) vs (3) Club America
Tigres UANL (1) vs (0) NYCFC
LAFC vs Cruz Azul (single leg)
Semifinals: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Dec. 19
Semifinal 1: Club America or Atlanta United FC vs LAFC or Cruz Azul
Semifinal 2: Tigres UANL or NYCFC vs CD Olimpia or Impact Montreal
Final: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Dec. 22
Final: Winner Semifinal 1 vs Winner Semifinal 2
Exploria Stadium is one of the premier venues in MLS and the NWSL. It is a soccer-specific stadium that includes a high quality all grass playing surface and high quality facilities for competing teams. The stadium opened in 2017.
To resume this competition, Concacaf has developed extensive new CCL regulations to ensure the delivery of a safe and highly controlled environment for players, coaches, team staff and officials who will participate. These include a high-frequency COVID-19 testing regime before and during the competition and robust health and safety protocols which will be strictly applied. Concacaf will work with Exploria Stadium to ensure the high level of health and safety measures they currently operate in the stadium for Orlando City SC MLS games are in place for the centralized CCL matches.
Concacaf has made the decision that these centralized final rounds of the 2020 CCL will be played behind closed doors. Discussions are ongoing with the confederation’s broadcast partners to ensure all matches are widely available for fans across the region to follow and enjoy.
“The Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League is our flagship club competition and a huge amount of work has gone into ensuring we can safely resume the tournament and crown a regional club champion,” Concacaf president Victor Montagliani said in a statement.
“Orlando’s Exploria Stadium will provide a great host venue for the final seven matches of this competition. I want to thank the team at the stadium for being so supportive in working with Concacaf to plan for what will be a great finale to the 2020 SCCL for the clubs and their fans across the region.”
The winner of this competition will be crowned Concacaf’s regional club champion. The current holder is CF Monterrey, which defeated Tigres UANL in the 2019 CCL final, earning its fourth championship.
First Leg Round of 16
Second Leg Round of 16
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
NYCFC (1) vs (0) AD San Carlos | highlights
Montreal Impact (0) vs (0) Deportivo Saprissa | highlights
Tigres UANL (4) vs (2) Alianza FC | highlights
Club America (1) vs (1) Comunicaciones FC (5-3 p) | highlights
First Leg Quarterfinals
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Montreal Impact (1) vs (2) CD Olimpia | highlights
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