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Carlos Vela's Mexico return ends in defeat as Leon stop LAFC in CONCACAF Champions League

Herculez Gomez calls LAFC's CONCACAF Champions League defeat "a perfect storm" of adversity.
Carlos Vela addresses Zlatan's departure from MLS and Chicharito's pending arrival at LA Galaxy.

LEON, Mexico -- LAFC's 2-0 first-leg loss to Club Leon on Tuesday in the round of 16 wasn't your ordinary CONCACAF Champions League game.

For a start, it's not every day that you find Leon schoolboys bunking off to try get a photo with star LAFC and Mexico forward Carlos Vela, who was playing a club game in his homeland for the first time since he left for Arsenal in 2005. Then there was the security at LAFC's hotel, which was reportedly heavier on game day than when Mexican president Andres...

CONCACAF Champions League preview: Five reasons why MLS can finally break Liga MX dominance

Steve Nicol says Cristiano Ronaldo would bring goals and silverware to any MLS franchise.
Herculez Gomez responds to speculation about Mexico goalkeeping great Guillermo Ochoa's role at Club America.
Herculez Gomez questions Inter Miami's strategy after signing Rodolfo Pizarro for their first MLS season.
NFL stars, rappers and actors model the new kits MLS clubs will wear in the league's 25th season.
LAFC head coach Bob Bradley likens Kobe Bryant's impact on basketball to Johan Cruyff's on football.
Javier Hernandez says he joined LA Galaxy to win a championship, not to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic's replacement.

The latest edition of the CONCACAF Champions League kicks off again on Tuesday with the round of 16 stage headlined by a showdown between Liga MX's Club Leon and MLS side LAFC.

It's a tournament that has served as an annual disappointment for MLS clubs in the modern era: Liga MX clubs have won CONCACAF's continental club tournament the past 14 times and, as a result, there's generally a degree of lethargy around the competition in Mexico for that reason. Imagine a UEFA Champions League in which...

Carlos Vela is Mexico's best player, says Leon boss 'Nacho' Ambriz

Carlos Vela addresses Zlatan's departure from MLS and Chicharito's pending arrival at LA Galaxy.

LEON, Mexico -- Club Leon coach Ignacio "Nacho" Ambriz poured praise on LAFC star Carlos Vela and said the 2019 MLS MVP is the best Mexican player at present, even if he hasn't been available for El Tri since the 2018 World Cup.

Former Mexico captain Ambriz added his team must stop Vela from seeing much of the ball in Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 first leg in Estadio Leon.

The game will be LAFC's first official international game in its short history, while Vela is set to...

CONCACAF Champions League draw: LAFC to face Leon, Atlanta vs. Motagua

After Alan Pulido confirms his departure from Chivas, Herc Gomez assesses where his most likely destination is.

MEXICO CITY -- MLS record-breakers LAFC and Mexican striker Carlos Vela will face a stern CONCACAF Champions League debut, after being drawn against Liga MX's Club Leon in the round of 16.

Leon was the only Mexican side in pot two of the draw, guaranteeing that La Fiera would be facing a team from MLS, with LAFC potentially facing Cruz Azul in the semifinal.

The full draw is Atlanta United against Motagua (Honduras), Club America versus Comunicaciones (Guatemala), Cruz Azul and Portmore United (Jamaica),...