The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) on Wednesday, Dec. 19 unveiled the dates and kickoff times for the Round of 16 matches of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, the region’s premier club championship.
First leg matches are scheduled to be played from Feb. 19-21, 2019, beginning on Tuesday night, with three matches — Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) vs Tigres UANL (MEX), CD Guastatoya (GUA) vs Houston Dynamo (USA) and Club Atletico Independiente (PAN) vs Toronto FC (CAN).
The opening three games are the first to be played among the eight scheduled for the first week, as the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League kicks off across nine countries. Wednesday evening, CD Marathon (HON) will face off against Santos Laguna (MEX), Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM) will welcome the New York Red Bulls (USA) in the Dominican Republic and Alianza FC (SLV) will host CF Monterrey (MEX) in San Salvador.
First leg action will conclude on Thursday night, with Sporting Kansas City (USA) vs Toluca FC (MEX) and CS Herediano (CRC) vs Atlanta United (USA).
The second leg Round of 16 matches will be played the following week, Feb. 26-28, beginning on Tuesday night, with Toronto FC (CAN) vs. Club Atletico Independiente (PAN), followed by Tigres UANL (MEX) vs. Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) and Houston Dynamo (USA) vs. CD Guastatoya (GUA).
Play will continue Wednesday night with New York Red Bulls (USA) vs. Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), Santos Laguna (MEX) vs. CD Marathon (HON) and CF Monterrey (MEX) vs. Alianza FC (SLV). The final two matches on Thursday night, will see Atlanta United (USA) vs CS Herediano (CRC) and Toluca FC (MEX) vs Sporting Kansas City (USA).
Fans will be able to follow all the action through the Confederation’s partner networks, including Univision Deportes (United States), Yahoo Sports (United States), Fox Sports Latin America (Mexico & Central America), Flow Sports (Caribbean) and other local partners. For other territories, the event will be available on Concacaf GO (subject to territory restrictions).
The 2019 edition of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League will be the second to feature the recently developed, action-packed knockout style competition. The home-and-away format will demand the highest level of performance from the participating clubs from the first kickoff, resulting in a quickly evolving competition with round of 16 matches in February, quarterfinal matches in March, followed by the semifinals and finals in April and May.