A different venue awaits the Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United for their opening Concacaf Champions League matches in the Round of 16, after Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino in Tegucigalpa has been deemed not fit to host matches.
Instead of playing in Honduras’ capital city, they’ll travel about 200 miles north to the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula. Seattle and Atlanta will respectively face CD Olimpia and FC Motagua, a pair of Honduran clubs that normally host their home matches at Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino.
There’s no date or time change for either match, with Atlanta encountering Motagua Feb. 18 and Seattle squaring off against Olimpia Feb. 20. As for the return legs, Atlanta will still host Motagua on Feb. 25 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the campus of Kennesaw State University, while Seattle will host Olimpia Feb. 27 at CenturyLink Field nearly three months after winning 2019 MLS Cup there.
The Five Stripes are making their second CCL appearance in club history, while the Sounders are making their first appearance in the continental tournament since 2018. They are two of five MLS clubs competing this year, with LAFC, Montreal Impact and New York City FC the others.