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LAFC scheduled to resume Concacaf Champions League play in December

Black-and-gold now get one game to advance to the semifinals.

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Concacaf announced this week their plan to resume the 2020 Concacaf Champions League, just before 2020 comes to a close.

The quarterfinal round will resume on Dec. 15-16, with three of the series to play their second leg match to wrap up that round. However, in the case of Los Angeles Football Club, their quarterfinal series against Cruz Azul had not begun when the coronavirus shutdown occurred in March, so Concacaf announced it will be a one-game winner-take-all round for the two teams.

The games will played at one or several locations, in the United States. Rumors on Wednesday claimed it could be another Orlando bubble but that is not yet confirmed. Seven of the eight teams still involved play in MLS or Liga MX: LAFC, Cruz Azul, Club América, Atlanta United, Tigres UANL, New York City FC and Montreal Impact. The only team outside those two leagues is CD Olimpia, which plays in the Honduran Liga Nacional.

If LAFC advance to the semifinals, they would play either Club América or Atlanta United, on Dec. 19. The final is scheduled for Dec. 22, so the whole tournament is scheduled to be complete in the span of a week.

So there you have it. It’s still 2020, we still have a pandemic going on, so anything could happen in the meantime. But it looks like LAFC’s season will extend to December, if everything stays on track, and they remain in contention in two competitions this year. Here’s hoping it leads to some silverware to wrap up a crazy season.

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