Next month, the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League will begin, and 5 Major League Soccer teams will have dreams of becoming the first from the league to lift the trophy since the Champions Cup became the Champions League in 2008. Since that format switch occurred, the competition has been dominated by teams from Mexico, with Liga MX teams winning each of the 11 previous editions of the tournament.
Only 3 teams have even reached the finals of the Champions League since 2009: Real Salt Lake (2011), Montreal Impact (2015), and Toronto FC (2018). Could 2020 finally be the year that a MLS team breaks through to win the tournament and a berth in the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup? This year, the teams that are in the tournament from MLS are the Seattle Sounders, Los Angeles Football Club, Atlanta United, and New York City FC (all representing the United States), with the Montreal Impact representing Canada.
This year, no MLS teams face each other in the Round of 16, with the first potential matchup coming if Montreal and Seattle both make the quarterfinals. Only LAFC faces a Liga MX team in the Round of 16. Because of that, there’s plenty of chances for MLS teams to make a run and get to the final and win it.
So, this week’s Community Corner asks you: do you think this is the year a MLS team wins the CONCACAF Champions League? Hit the comments, let us know what you think, and tell us the team you think could win it all and become the first to represent the league at the Club World Cup.