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Concacaf sets schedule for 2021 Champions League

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The Portland Timbers are set to compete in the tournament this year.

Portland Timbers v Orlando City SC: Championship - MLS Is Back Tournament Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Concacaf announced on Friday the dates for the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, with play set to begin in April and end in October.

The bracket and matchups will be determined after the Champions League draw on Feb. 10. Concacaf will seed each of the 16 teams based off their own ranking formula, putting the top eight in one pot and the other eight in another. After matchups are determined, play will begin on April 6 with the knockout-style round of 16 where each team plays a home match.

The winners will advance to the quarterfinal round beginning on April 27. For each leg, the winner of the matchup will be determined by whoever the leader on aggregate score is up until the final, which is a single match.

The Portland Timbers are one of the 16 teams who will play in the competition. The Timbers earned a bid after winning the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando back in August. They are one of four MLS teams that will partake in the competition, the others being Atlanta United FC, Columbus Crew SC, and the Philadelphia Union. LAFC made it to the final last year, losing to Mexico’s Tigres UANL last December.

For more information about all the participants and dates, read the press release here.