Major League Soccer’s five representatives in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League learned their fate in Monday night’s draw, with MLS Cup champion Toronto FC opening its CONCACAF Champions League campaign against the Colorado Rapids in the first round of the 2018 continental championship. A goal to be scored at 50/1 with Coral.
Fresh off a historic treble that saw them clinch all three domestic trophies on offer in 2017, Toronto’s first leg of their round-of-16 tie will be played in Colorado in the week commencing February 19. The second leg will be held in Toronto the following week.
Should Toronto advance, they will play either Tigres or Costa Rica’s CS Herediano in the quarterfinals in early March with the semifinals and final set for April.
President Bill Manning, said this Toronto team is as strong as any MLS entry. “I think this team will not have fear playing in CONCACAF and I think we can do something special,” he told his end-of-season media availability last week.
Toronto is changing its training camp plans to prepare for the CONCACAF competition. After time in Toronto and Los Angeles, it will head to Mexico for some 10 days and will play Mexican teams who have dominated the CONCACAF competition over the years.
This is the first year that the CCL will feature a 16-team knockout tournament, which comes along with a change in the schedule that will see the entirety of the competition in a single calendar year. The winner of the 2018 CCL will represent CONCACAF in the 2018 Club World Cup, which is set to take place in December in the United Arab Emirates.
2018 CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 matchups:
CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs. Cibao FC (DOM)
Seattle Sounders vs. Santa Tecla (SLV)
New York Red Bulls vs. CD Olimpia (HON)
Club Tijuana (MEX) vs. FC Motagua (HON)
Tigres UANL (MEX) vs. Herediano (CRC)
Toronto FC vs. Colorado Rapids
FC Dallas vs. Tauro FC
Club América (MEX) vs. Saprissa (CRC)