CONCACAF Champions League set to be played in Orlando in December bubble

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Orlando's Exploria Stadium will host the remaining CONCACAF Champions League matches, from the quarter-finals to the final taking place from December 15-22.

Competition was suspended midway through the quarterfinals in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rescheduled quarter-finals will take place on December 15 and 16, with Olimpia du Honduras 2-1 against the Montreal Impact, Club America against Atlanta United FC 3-0 and Tigres UANL having a 1-0 advantage over the New York City FC from the first leg, all of which were played in March. LAFC's first leg against Cruz Azul has been postponed, meaning the winner will be decided on one game.

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Club America or Atlanta United will face LAFC or Cruz Azul in the first semi-final, with Tigres or NYCFC against Olimpia or the Impact in the other. Both matches will take place on December 19 and the final on December 22. They will also be knockout on one leg rather than the usual two matches.

All matches, scheduled for Major League Soccer Orlando City SC stadium, will be played behind closed doors and under strict protocol.

“CONCACAF has developed detailed new regulations to ensure the provision of a safe and highly controlled environment for all players, coaches, team staff and officials who will participate,” the confederation statement read. “These include a high frequency COVID-19 testing regime before and during competition and robust health and safety protocols that will be strictly enforced. "

Atlanta United failed to advance to the MLS playoffs, giving the Five Stripes an extended timeout before the Champions League resumes in mid-December.

There will be no overtime in the quarter-finals or semi-finals, with games that go directly to penalties, although there will be extra time for the final, if the teams are tied after 90 minutes.

Monterrey is the current holder of the CONCACAF Champions League, with Mexican sides having won the last 14 editions of the region's club tournament.

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