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After coming to a screeching halt in March, the return of the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League is in the works

MLS: Champions League Quarterfinal-Club Tigres at New York City FC Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

A day after Major League Soccer announced the return of their 2020 season, it seems that CONCACAF — North America’s governing football body — has plans of their own to resume the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League.

In an official statement from CONCACAF, the organization is in the process of negotiating the return of the 2020 edition of the Champions League with “leagues, clubs and stakeholders.”

CONCACAF’S official statement reads as follows:

“The Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League was suspended at the quarterfinal stage, with 11 matches remaining to conclude the region’s flagship men’s club competition.

“Concacaf remains in discussions with the leagues, clubs and stakeholders involved and is working on a range of options, including the possibility of centralizing the remaining ties in one city.

“The Confederation is committed to concluding the 2020 Concacaf Champions League and crowning a regional champion. The winner will also qualify as the Concacaf representative at the FIFA Club World Cup.

“A further update on a schedule and format to resume this competition will be communicated in due course.”

Prior to the competition’s temporary suspension due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic on March 12, New York City FC had played their “home” leg against Mexican giants Tigres — a day that I can still vividly recall — in a 1-0 on March 11, with the away leg scheduled for the following week. Should everything go according to plan and the CCL become able to return, NYCFC would be given a chance at revenge over a team that they very much outperformed in the first half of the first leg.

Should NYCFC be able to dispatch of the Tigers, they will advance to the Semifinals where they will face either Honduran club Olimpia or the Montreal Impact. As of their first leg, Olimpia hold a 2-1 aggregate goal advantage over Montreal.

Let’s hope for the best, ladies and gentlemen. The more football, the better!