Here’s what you need to know about the 2020 edition of the Concacaf Champions League, starting Feb. 18 and running through the two-leg finals in late April and early May.
Concacaf Champions League teams
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- Cruz Azul (Liga MX/Mexico)
- Tigres UANL (Liga MX/Mexico)
- Club America (Liga MX/Mexico)
- Montreal Impact (MLS/Canada)
- NYCFC (MLS/United States)
- Atlanta United (MLS/United States)
- LAFC (MLS/United States)
- Seattle Sounders FC (MLS/United States)
- San Carlos (Liga FPD/Costa Rica)
- Leon (Liga MX/Mexico)
- Motagua (Liga Salva Vida/Honduras)
- Saprissa (Liga FPD/Costa Rica)
- Olimpia (Liga Salva Vida/Honduras)
- Alianza (Primera Division/El Salvador)
- Comunicaciones (Liga Nacional de Futbol/Guatemala)
- Portmore United (National Premier League/Jamaica)
Concacaf Champions League Schedule: First Round Matches
- 8pm ET, Tuesday, Feb. 18: Cruz Azul 2, Portmore United 1
- 10pm ET, Tuesday, Feb. 18: Leon 2, LAFC 0
- 10pm ET, Tuesday, Feb. 18: Motagua 1, Atlanta United 1
- 8pm ET, Wednesday, Feb. 19: Alianza 2, Tigres UANL 1
- 8pm ET, Wednesday, Feb. 19: Saprissa 2, Montreal Impact 2
- 10pm ET, Wednesday, Feb. 19: Comunicaciones 1, America 1
- 8pm ET, Thursday, Feb. 20: NYCFC 5, San Carlos 3
- 10pm ET, Thursday, Feb. 20: Olimpia 2, Seattle Sounders FC 2
- 8pm ET, Tuesday, Feb. 25: Atlanta United 3,
- 10pm ET, Tuesday, Feb. 25: Cruz Azul 4,
- 6pm ET, Wednesday, Feb. 26: NYCFC 1,
- 8pm ET, Wednesday, Feb. 26: Tigres UANL 4,
- 8pm ET, Wednesday, Feb. 26: Montreal Impact 0,
- 10pm ET, Wednesday, Feb. 26: America 1 (5),
- 10pm ET, Thursday, Feb. 27: LAFC 3,
- 10pm ET, Thursday, Feb. 27: Olimpia 2 (4),
Seattle Sounders FC2 (2)
CCL Quarterfinal Matchups
- Atlanta United vs. Club America
- Cruz Azul vs. LAFC
- Tigres UANL vs. NYCFC
- Olimpia vs. Montreal Impact
Concacaf Champions League Schedule: Remaining Rounds
- Quarterfinals: March 10-12, March 17-19
- Semifinals: April 7-9, April 14-16
- Finals: April 28-30, May 5-7 (exact dates TBD)
What is the Concacaf Champions League?
If you’re familiar with Europe’s famed Champions League, it’s the North American, Central American, and Caribbean version of that. Overseen by the federation that governs soccer in the U.S.’s home region, Concacaf, it’s a competition involving the top club teams from the region. It’s been streamlined from past years to take the top 16 teams, primarily from MLS and Liga MX, in what is now a three-month competition to determine a winner and a slot in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Though D.C. United and the LA Galaxy have won in a past iteration of this tournament (in 1998 and 2000 respectively), no MLS team has won CCL since it rebranded in 2008. In fact, only Liga MX teams have won in the modern era, though Toronto FC came close in 2018, pushing Chivas to penalty kicks in the finals. For the last American team to make the finals, you have to go back to 2011 when Real Salt Lake lost 3-2 on aggregate to Monterrey.
But there’s hope this year for an elusive American CCL title, as Atlanta United, LAFC, NYCFC, and the Seattle Sounders all rep the U.S. All four squads are deep enough and talented enough to compete with Mexico’s best sides.
2020 Concacaf Champions League: How to watch CCL matches
Most of the matches will be on FS2, with occasional matches slotted to either FS1 or Fox Soccer Plus. All matches will be available via Fubo, and most will be en Español on TUDN.
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)
If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with NBC and NBCSN for Premier League matches, 10 beIN SPORTS channels for La Liga and Ligue 1FS1, FS2, UniMás, and Champions League action via TNT all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $30-$45 per month ($10 off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $30 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NBCSN (where many Premier League matches appear), NFL Network, and local channels. (Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC, where some matches appear; see if yours has it here.) Sling Blue also brings Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and Headline News as part of its regular slate of channels, with Fox Business Channel available for those who get the Sling Blue News Extra add-on.
If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $45 per month.
Other features include a Free Cloud DVR tier for all subscribers (allowing 10 hours of recording a month), the ability to record all live linear channels, and no VOD preemption on any channels. New subscribers get $10 off the first month.
To add beIN SPORTS and ESPN Deportes and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from La Liga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Best of Spanish + Sling Orange for $35 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
4) AT&T TV Now
- Cost: $65-$135 per month
- AT&T TV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
AT&T TV Now is a bonus for AT&T wireless customers, especially for those who happen to be soccer fans. It provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels. That means NBC as well as NBCSN for Premier League action, Fox as well as FS1 and FS2 for MLS, Bundesliga, the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, and even Liga MX offerings, and ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of soccer and other sports programming. It even offers free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
- Cost: $14.99-24.99 or $39.99-$49.99 per month
- Vidgo devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports, for sports fans. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickelodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.
College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks.
If you just want your Vidgo en Español, it features programming from throughout the Americas and even Spain in two skinny packages. Both the Latino Streaming Plan ($14.99 per month) and Latino Mas Streaming Plan ($24.99 per month) include BeIN’s main Spanish-language channel, TyC Sports, and Azteca America, while the higher tier adds DAZN, Fox Deportes, and ESPN Deportes.
Also, through its Vidgo app, it’s offering the option of Social TV, which allows Vidgo users to connect in real-time as they’re watching programming on their phones.
6) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for soccer fans, including TNT for Champions League matches, NBC and NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
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