After trying again on a season full of highs and lows the one factor to do now could be look ahead to subsequent season. Atlanta United will start its 12 months early, competing as soon as once more within the Concacaf Champions League. With all competing groups already determined we are able to start to have a look at who Atlanta would possibly draw when the names are picked on December 9.
A complete of 16 groups representing eight nations will compete within the 12th version of the match, 4 from the United States (LAFC, NYCFC, Atlanta United, Seattle Sounders), 4 from Mexico (Membership América, Tigres UANL, Cruz Azul, León), one from Canada (Montreal Affect), two from Costa Rica (Saprissa, San Carlos), one from El Salvador (Alianza), one from Guatemala (Communicaciones), two from Honduras (Motagua, Olimpia), and one from Jamaica (Portmore United).
These groups might be separated into two pots and are unable to be drawn in opposition to a facet from the identical affiliation, with León being the one exception. The nearer the draw will get the extra consideration might be positioned on the eight potential opponents Atlanta may discover themselves enjoying in opposition to within the new 12 months.
It may give the 5 Stripes a greater understanding of their competitors and what the extra favorable draw could be in contemplating how either side certified for the match and the place they stand of their respective leagues on the time of writing (Nov. 5).
León certified for the match by ending as runners-up within the Liga MX Clausura 2019. It will mark León’s 2nd look within the Champions League and first because the 2014-2015 season when the facet did not make it previous the group stage. The facet at the moment sits in sixth place with three extra video games to play within the Apertura 2019 match. The membership has the second-best offense within the league having scored 32 in 16 matches.
One in all six sides to qualify through the Concacaf League, San Carlos earned their spot by ending fifth total within the competitors. It will mark the facet’s first look within the Champions League. The Northern Bulls are at the moment fourth within the Costa Rican Primera División with one recreation left to play within the Apertura 2019. The facet is tied for third most objectives allowed, conceding 35 in 21 fixtures.
Staying in Costa Rica, the second membership to qualify from the nation is Deportivo Saprissa. The facet certified through the Concacaf League as a finalist and can play the primary leg of the ultimate tomorrow in opposition to Motagua. Saprissa is at the moment second within the home league, which is the very best the facet can end as they’re 12 factors behind first place facet Alajuelense with simply two video games left to play. Saprissa is skilled within the competitors as this can mark their ninth look, even reaching the semifinals in 2011 the place they misplaced to MLS facet Actual Salt Lake.
The opposite Concacaf League finalist will make its fifth look within the Champions League after reaching the ultimate of their Three-Zero victory over Alianza final Thursday. The facet’s final look within the match was in 2018 after they misplaced to Membership Tijuana within the first spherical. Motagua hasn’t been as deadly in league play as they sit third in Liga Nacional and are winless in three league video games with two left to play.
This facet isn’t any stranger to the Champions League having appeared within the competitors 11 instances. The Lions have certified for the match as one of many semifinalists within the Concacaf League. Olimpia was knocked out of the match by Saprissa who overcame a 2-Zero defeat within the first leg to succeed in the ultimate. Saprissa’s Four-1 victory was Olimpia’s first loss in 9 matches in all competitions. The facet is first in Liga Nacional with the protection being their largest energy as they’ve conceded the fewest objectives within the league, simply 10 in 16 video games.
El Salvador’s representing facet certified for the Champions League by ending 4th total within the Concacaf League. The facet is at the moment first within the Salvadoran Primera División with 5 video games left to play within the leagues Apertura 2019 match. The facet has the perfect protection within the league, 13 objectives conceded in 17 video games, and is tied for many objectives scored with 29. Alianza’s largest weak point is their means to play on the street. The facet misplaced three of their 4 away video games within the Concacaf League with the one victory being a 1-Zero win within the preliminary spherical, which was additionally the one purpose they scored whereas on the street within the match.
The Guatemalan membership earned qualification to the Champions League by ending sixth total within the Concacaf League, shedding out within the quarterfinals to Olimpia. It will mark their sixth look within the champions league and first because the 2015-16 season after they reached the quarterfinals. Comunicaciones is in first place with six video games left to play within the Liga Nacional de Guatemala Apertura 2019. The membership leads the league in objectives scored and is tied with two different sides for fewest objectives conceded, 15 from 16 matches.
One other facet making its Champions League debut is Jamaican facet Portmore United. The facet certified for the match by successful the 2019 Concacaf Caribbean Membership Championships in Could. The membership has since struggled, at the moment sitting ninth within the Nationwide Premier League and hasn’t scored in three video games heading into Sunday’s fixture in opposition to first place facet Waterhouse. With a Three-2-5 document from 10 video games, the facet has conceded 12 objectives in that point and are tied for the fewest objectives scored with 7.
The draw to determine Spherical of 16 fixtures might be held on December ninth. One in all these sides will certainly come beneath the microscope as soon as the fixtures are determined and Atlanta finds out precisely who they are going to be enjoying. It doesn’t matter what crew Atlanta is drawn in opposition to, the facet might want to put together accordingly having realized from the earlier marketing campaign to not underestimate any facet.
Which crew would you need Atlanta to play within the first spherical?
A.D. San Carlos
Portmore United F.C.
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