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LAFC to face Club Leon in 2020 Champions League

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Buckle up, it’s the toughest draw!

MLS: MLS Cup Conference Semifinals-LA Galaxy at Los Angeles FC Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The field is set and now Los Angeles Football Club know who they’ll play to kick off their first foray in the Concacaf Champions League.

The 2019 Supporters’ Shield winners were drawn to face Mexican club Club Leon in the 2020 CCL on Monday. The games will take place in February, specific dates to be announced.

The format is a home-and-away series, winner advances to the next round, loser is out of the tournament. Make no mistake: This is the toughest possible draw for LAFC in CCL.

The MLS season kicks off for LAFC on March 1 at The Banc when they host new team Inter Miami, but the CCL will be the real competitive curtain-raiser on the season for the black-and-gold. Under the current format, no MLS team has ever won the competition, but three have reached the final. LAFC are ambitious and want to win it, and the breakthrough seems like it’s a matter of time for the league.

But we’ve also seen CCL campaigns mentally and physically drain teams for the MLS season and they end up face-planting hard during the regular season. LAFC will have to navigate the twin dangers of trying to be competitive and more in CCL with not burning out and having a miserable MLS season. It’s going to be a challenge but it’s the kind of challenge good teams crave, and we’ll see how LAFC do in their first trip to the CCL.

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