Success in the Concacaf Champions
League has often been a poisoned prize for MLS teams.
In 2018, reigning MLS champion Toronto FC fell in a shootout to Guadalajara in the final, failing in its bid to become the first MLS team to win the Concacaf Champions League.
In 2019, Sporting Kansas City reached the semifinals, where it got clobbered.
In both years, they collapsed in MLS, finishing far off the pace and failing to qualify for the playoffs.
But 2019 MLS champion Seattle Sounders plan to go all out in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League, where they open against Honduran club Olimpia.
“I think we’re going to play our experienced group, by and large, in the Champions League," Seattle general manager Garth Lagerwey said after Monday's draw. "We’re going to respect our opponents that way. And we’re going to have to make do with what we can in MLS. I do think we’re going to use some of our young players in these first couple months of the season in particular. Hopefully they swim and don’t sink.”