With the Seattle Sounders lifting the 2019 MLS Cup over the weekend, all 16 places for the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League have been claimed.
On Wednesday, CONCACAF released the two pots for next year’s tournament. Teams from Pot 1 will be randomly drawn against teams from Pot 2 to determine who will face one another in the round-of-16.
Pot 1 consists of five teams from Major League Soccer (Atlanta United, LAFC, NYCFC, Montreal Impact, Seattle Sounders) as well as three teams from Liga MX (Club America, Cruz Azul, Tigres).
Pot 2 consists of two sides from Costa Rica (Saprissa, San Carlos), two sides from Honduras (Motagua, Olimpia), Liga MX side Club León, as well as Jamaica’s Portmore United, El Salvador’s Alianza, and Guatemala’s Comunicaciones.
Last year’s champions, Monterrey, will not have a chance to defend their title. NYCFC, LAFC, Portmore United, and San Carlos are all making their debuts in the tournament.
The tournament will begin on 18 February, while the final will take place during the first week of May.