Draw for Concacaf Champions League last 16 gives no easy routes for Mexico’s big clubs

February 11 – The draw for the last 16 of the Concacaf Champions League has pitched Mexican giants Club America against last season’s breakthrough team CD Olimpia from Honduras, who made it to the semi-finals last December.

Elsewhere Mexico’s Club Leon will face the winners of Canadian Cup which will be either Forge FC from the Canadian Premier League or MLS side Toronto FC. Costa Rica’s top club Deportivo Saprissa have been matched with the MLS’s Philadelphia Union.
The 2021 SCCL will kick off with the Round of 16 between April 6-8 (first leg) and April 13-15 (second leg). The 16 participating clubs have been divided into eight matchups as follows:

Matchup #1: Cruz Azul (MEX) vs Arcahaie FC (HAI)
Matchup #2: Forge FC or Toronto FC (CAN) vs Club Leon (MEX)
Matchup #3: CF Monterrey (MEX) vs Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM)
Matchup #4: Columbus Crew SC (USA) vs Real Esteli FC (NCA)
Matchup #5: Philadelphia Union (USA) vs Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)
Matchup #6: Atlanta United FC (USA) vs LD Alajuelense (CRC)
Matchup #7: Club America (MEX) vs CD Olimpia (HON)
Matchup #8: Portland Timbers (USA) vs CD Marathon (HON)

The Round of 16 will be followed by home and away quarterfinal matches in late-April and early-May, semi-finals in August and September, and a single leg SCCL final in October.

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