There will be four MLS teams in the Concacaf Champions League
They just won't be the four teams most experts would have predicted.
In its CCL debut, LAFC, the 2019 MLS Supporters' Shield winner, overcame a 2-0 deficit in the first leg and beat Mexico's Leon, 3-0, to win the series, 3-2 on aggregate.
Late goals by Carlos Vela -- his second of the game -- and Diego Rossi -- with a chip from a difficult angle -- completed the comeback for LAFC, the first MLS team to overcome a multi-goal deficit against a Mexican team in the knockout phase.
LAFC dominated the game, putting Leon under constant pressure. Unlike most MLS teams that are very rusty at the beginning of the CCL, LAFC could rely on its group that took part in Olympic qualifying in South America: Colombians Eduard Atuesta and Eddie Segura and Rossi, who represented Uruguay, all started in the second leg.
Feb. 27 in Los Angeles
LAFC 3 Leon 0. Goals: Vela 27, 77, Rossi 79.
LAFC -- Vermeer, Jakovic, Palacios, Segura, Blackmon, Atuesta (Ginella 83), Blessing, Kaye, B.Rodriguez (Perez 75), Vela, Rossi.
Leon -- Cota, Navarro, Gonzalez, Barreiro, Tesillo, Sosa, Meneses, J.Rodriguez, Montes, Aquino (Ramos 82), Godinez (Cardona 84)