The Concacaf Champions League draw was done last night in Miami, and the all of the clubs learned their fate in the Round of Sixteen, which is coming up in February 2019. The first legs will be played between February 19th and 21st, with the second legs to be played between February 26th and 28th.
Monterrey was drawn against Alianza FC from San Salvador, who were the champions of the Apertura 2017 and the Clausura 2018 in the Salvadoran league. Alianza have won the Primera División 13 times and been runners up another 10 times, making them the third most historically successful team in El Salvador.vIn fact, the Apertura 2017 season was a record-setting campaign for Alianza, as they went through the entire season without a loss.
Alianza FC is named for the older Club Alianza Lima, as one of the early sponsors of the club back in the 1950s was a fan of the Peruvian club. The club president at the time, Enrique Sol Meza, changed the team’s name from the original Atlético La Constancia to Alianza FC in the second year of the club’s existence.
The rest of the CCL draw mostly matched Central and Caribbean clubs with those from Liga MX and MLS, with only Sporting Kansas City and Deportivo Toluca facing off against each other in the round of sixteen.
The rest of the draw is as follows:
Santos Laguna v CD Marathón (Honduras)
Tigres UANL v Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica)
Houston Dynamo v CD Gaustatoya (Guatemala)
Toronto FC v Club Atlético Independiente (Panama)
Atlanta United v CS Herediano (Costa Rica)
The Portland Timbers will enter the competition if they beat Atlanta United in the MLS Cup final later this week, as Atlanta United qualified via their record in the past two MLS seasons. Meanwhile, Herediano qualified as a second team from Costa Rica because they won the 16-team 2018 Concacaf League of clubs from Central America. Finally, Club Atlético Pantoja had to win the 2018 Caribbean Club Championship, an eight-team tournament to determine the lone entrant from the Caribbean area.