Major League Soccer's five representatives in the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League learned their fates for the opening round during Monday's draw in Miami.
Notably, there will be no all-MLS series in the round of 16, and there will be just one MLS-Liga MX clash to open the next edition of the tournament. Defending champion Chivas de Guadalajara did not qualify for the 2019 CCL.
The Houston Dynamo will face Guatemala's Guastatoya, who won the 2018 Guatemalan Concacaf Champions League playoff.
Toronto FC will take on Club Atletico Independiente of Panama, who were the domestic champion with the most points.
Sporting KC will face Liga MX outfit Toluca, who finished second in the 2018 Clausura season.
Atlanta United will play Costa Rican outfit Herediano, who won the 2018 Concacaf League.
The final two slots are not yet assured. If Atlanta win MLS Cup, then the New York Red Bulls will qualify, and will take on Club Atlético Pantoja of the Dominican Republic, which won the 2018 Caribbean Club Championship. But if the Portland Timbers win MLS Cup, the Timbers will take on Atlético Pantoja.
This is the second year that the CCL will feature a 16-team knockout tournament, with the entire tournament proper taking place in one calendar year. The winner of the 2019 CCL will represent Concacaf in the 2019 Club World Cup.
2019 CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 matchups:
- Alianza FC (SLV) vs. Monterrey (MEX)
- Herediano (CRC) vs. Atlanta United
- Independiente (PAN) vs. Toronto FC
- Sporting KC vs. Toluca FC (MEX)
- Guastatoya (GUA) vs. Houston Dynamo
- Saprissa (CRC) vs. UANL Tigres (MEX)
- Atlético Pantoja (DOM) vs. New York Red Bulls OR Portland Timbers
- CD Marathon (HON) vs. Santos Laguna (MEX)
2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Schedule Windows
19-21 Round of 16 - 1st Leg
26-28 Round of 16 - 2nd Leg
5-7 Quarterfinals - 1st Leg
12-14 Quarterfinals - 2nd Leg
APRIL - MAY
2-4 Semifinals - 1st Leg
9-11 Semifinals - 2nd Leg
23-25 Final - 1st Leg
30–2 Final - 2nd Leg