Match Preview: Atlanta United vs. LD Alajuelense
ATLANTA - Atlanta United will begin its 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League campaign Tuesday against LD Alajuelense at Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Alajuela, Costa Rica in the first leg of the Round of 16. The match is set to kick-off at 8 p.m. ET and will be nationally broadcast on FS1 and TUDN in the United States. Atlanta will host the return leg at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on April 13 at 6 p.m. ET.
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Atlanta kicks off its 2021 season with its third consecutive SCCL appearance, joining Deportivo Saprissa as the only two teams in this year's tournament to have participated in the last three editions. Atlanta's three consecutive appearances is tied for the third-longest run for MLS clubs since 2008-09, trailing Toronto FC and LA Galaxy (four).
Atlanta owns an all-time record of 4-3-1 in SCCL play and has advanced to the quarterfinal stage in each of the past two seasons. The club is 4-0-0 at home or neutral venues but is seeking its first away win on Tuesday, as its away record stands at 0-3-1.
Atlanta's roster features 20 players with experience in international club competitions, including 17 players with previous SCCL experience.
Alajuelense sits atop the standings of Costa Rica's First Division with 34 points and a six-point lead through 16 matches. Alajuelense is 9-0-7 in the Clausura and leads the league in goals for (31), goals against (nine) and goal difference (22).
Alajuelense qualified for the 2021 SCCL by winning the 2020 Concacaf League title and has previously won the competition in 1986 and 2004 (then known as the Champions Cup).
Tuesday, April 6 | Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica | 8 p.m. (ET)
Atlanta United vs. LD Alajuelense
TV | FS1, TUDN in U.S.
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