MIAMI – Concacaf has announced the schedule for the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (SCCL) Round of 16 matches. The eight matchups between the 16 participating clubs will take place April 6-8 (first legs) and April 13-15 (second legs).
Columbus's first leg match against Real Esteli FC of Nicaragua will take place on Thursday, April 8 at 8 p.m. ET at Estadio Nacional, Managua, Nicaragua. The second leg match will take place on Thursday, April 15 at 8 p.m. ET at Historic Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
The pairings for the first round of the competition and each club’s road to the final were determined at the official draw on Wednesday, February 10.
The 2021 edition of the SCCL will continue to be played in a direct elimination knockout format, with home and away matches in the Round of 16, Quarterfinals and Semifinals. In an exciting development to this year’s edition of the competition, the final will be played as a single leg.
The calendar for the 2021 SCCL Round of 16 matches is as follows, with the home club listed first. The kickoff times are in Eastern Time:
Round of 16 – 1st Leg Matches
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
18:00 CD Marathon (HON) vs Portland Timbers (USA) - Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
20:00 LD Alajuelense (CRC) vs Atlanta United FC (USA) - Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica
22:00 Arcahaie FC (HAI) vs Cruz Azul (MEX) - Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
18:00 Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) vs Philadelphia Union (USA) - Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma, San Jose, Costa Rica
20:00 Club Leon (MEX) vs Forge FC or Toronto FC (CAN) - Estadio Leon, Leon, Mexico
22:00 CD Olimpia (HON) vs Club America (MEX) - Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Thursday, April 8, 2021
20:00 Real Esteli FC (NCA) vs Columbus Crew SC (USA) - Estadio Nacional, Managua, Nicaragua
22:00 Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM) vs CF Monterrey (MEX) - Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Round of 16 – 2nd Leg Matches
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
18:00 Atlanta United FC (USA) vs LD Alajuelense (CRC) - Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw, GA, USA
20:00 Portland Timbers (USA) vs CD Marathon (HON) - Providence Park, Portland, OR, USA
22:00 Cruz Azul FC (MEX) vs Arcahaie FC (HAI) - Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
18:00 Forge FC or Toronto FC (CAN) vs Club Leon (MEX)
20:00 Club America (MEX) vs CD Olimpia (HON) - Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
20:00 Philadelphia Union (USA) vs Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) - Subaru Park, Chester, PA, USA
Thursday, April 15, 2021
20:00 Columbus Crew SC (USA) vs Real Esteli FC (NCA) - Historic Crew Stadium, Columbus, OH, USA
22:00 CF Monterrey (MEX) vs Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM) - Estadio BBVA, Monterrey, Mexico
The winner of the Canadian Championship (date TBD) between Forge FC and Toronto FC will compete in the 2021 SCCL.
The Round of 16 will be followed by home and away quarterfinal matches in late-April and early-May, semifinals in August and September, and a single leg SCCL final in October.
For the Round of 16, the highest ranked club in each matchup will play the first leg away and the second leg at home. For the quarterfinals, the Round of 16 winners of matchups 1, 3, 5 and 7 will play the first leg away and the second leg at home (the below bracket graphic shows each matchup).
For the semifinals, the two best performing clubs in the earlier rounds of the competition will play the first leg away and the second leg at home.
The single leg final will be hosted by the best performing club of the two finalists in the earlier rounds of the 2021 SCCL (based on wins, draws and, if required, goal difference).
The winner of this elite club competition will be crowned regional club champion and will represent the confederation at the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup. The current champion is Tigres UANL after they won the 2020 SCCL and subsequently performed impressively at the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar, where they became the first team from the Concacaf region to reach a Club World Cup final.
Matches will be widely available for fans across the region to follow and enjoy through the Confederation’s TV partner networks, including FOX Sports (USA-English), TUDN (USA-Spanish), Fox Sports Mexico (Mexico-Spanish), ESPN (Central America-Spanish), TSN (Canada-English), Flow Sports (Caribbean-English) and other local partners.
2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Schedule Windows
Round of 16: April 6-8 (first leg) and April 13-15 (second leg)
Quarterfinals: April 27-29 (first leg) and May 4-6 (second leg)
Semifinals: August 10-12 (first leg) and September 14-16 (second leg)
Final: October 26-28 (single leg)