The soccer news starts with Concacaf announcing the schedule for the 2019 Champions League. With clubs from the region's bigger leagues no longer having to play through a group stage, the tournament starts at the round of 16 for MLS and Liga MX. The home and away knockout rounds begin on February 19 and conclude May 2.
Because the Canadian champion and the US Open Cup winner are MLS clubs, Major League Soccer puts five teams into the Champions League, one more than Liga MX. Toronto FC is Canada's representative, with Houston the Open Cup winner. Because of the Champions League revamp, the 2017 US Open Cup winner Sporting KC also takes a spot. Atlanta United enters as the best MLS regular season team over 2017 and 18.
The final MLS representative will be Portland should they win the 2018 MLS Cup or the New York Red Bulls as the team with the second-best regular season record over 2017-18 if Atlanta wins. Liga MX sends their 2017-18 Apertura and Clausura winners Tigres and Santos Laguna along with the runners-ups Monterrey and Toluca.
2019 Concacaf Champions League Round of 16
Santos Laguna (MEX) vs CD Marathon (HON)
Portland Timbers or New York Red Bulls (USA) vs Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM)
Tigres UANL (MEX) vs Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)
Houston Dynamo (USA) vs CD Guastatoya (GUA)
Toluca FC (MEX) vs Sporting Kansas City (USA)
Toronto FC (CAN) vs Club Atletico Independiente (PAN)
Atlanta United (USA) vs CS Herediano (CRC)
CF Monterrey (MEX) vs Alianza FC (SLV)
Yahoo Sports' Doug McIntyre profiles new USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter. Soccer America's Mike Woitalla goes through Berhalter's playing career. MLSsoccer's Matthew Doyle explains what worked for Berhalter with the Columbus Crew.
AP's Rob Harris reports on Manchester City's Financial Fair Play issues. The Athletic's Dan Levene looks at how proposed changes to the transfer system would impact clubs used to loaning out lots of players.
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