Thursday, February 21 at 10:00 PM ET
Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero
Coverage: Fox Sports
The first leg of the Round of 16 of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League started on Tuesday with many intriguing contests, including Deportivo Saprissa vs. Tigres UANL.
This edition of the tournament is going to be the second to feature a knockout style competition with a home-and-away format. The quarterfinals follow this round in March, the semifinals in April and the finals in May.
These are tonight's Round of 16 Leg 1 games:
Sporting KC vs. Toluca - Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 PM ET
Herediano vs. Atlanta United - Thursday, February 21 at 10:00 PM ET
Herediano Roster & Starting Lineup vs. Atlanta United
Herediano vs. Atlanta United Betting Line & Prediction
*Note: All odds posted by Jazz Sports
Herediano (+211) vs. Atlanta United (+136)
After winning the Costa Rican Torneo de Apertura 2018 Final against Saprissa on December 23, Herediano has struggled to start the Torneo de Clausura 2019, mostly because star goalkeeper Leonel Moreira was signed by Pachuca, their best midfielder Allan Cruz recently joined new MLS team FC Cincinnati and star forward Yendrick Ruiz just signed with Bolivian team Oriente Petrolero.
Those departures, combined with an injury to up-and-coming midfielder Jimmy Marín have hurt Herediano tremendously but they recently signed former 2014 World Cup star Yeltsin Tejeda and he can make a difference and contribute right away.
Atlanta United won the 2018 MLS Cup in just their second season in the league and their already stacked roster recently improved with the additions of defender Florentin Pogba, Paul Pogba's brother and midfielder Gonzalo "Pity" Martinez, who won the 2018 Copa Libertadores with River Plate but they have a new head coach in Frank de Boer.
The new MLS season starts until March 3, just after their Round of 16 games against Herediano and having a new head coach with little time to prepare the team isn't easy. The Costa Rican team will have a significant edge when it comes to rhythm of play, not to mention that Jimmy Marín will be available tonight but I know them very well since they're my favorite team and I'm not comfortable backing them here, so I'll go with the value and take the draw.
CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 Pick: Draw +219 at Jazz Sports
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