Blaise Bourgeois

Atlanta United relishing prospect of Campeones Cup rematch v América

Club América have a difficult task on their hands on Wednesday night as they host Guatemalan side Comunicaciones in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League round-of-16 tie following a nervy 1-1 draw away from home.

Though the job isn’t done, their potential opponents, Atlanta United, are already salivating over the prospect of facing the Mexican giants once again.

After taking down América 3-2 in an exciting Campeones Cup final last season, Pity Martínez and Atlanta United are feeling confident in their chances.

“We don’t have any problem,” Martínez said in response to the prospect of potentially facing Club América.

“I always say that Atlanta is a team that, whoever we play, you have to respect. We’re very strong at home. I said it before we played Club América, we’re a strong team and I always say it.

“You have to respect us, even though they are a big club in North and Central America. Whoever we play, we have to worry about ourselves.”

Atlanta booked their place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, defeating Honduran outfit 3-0 to win 4-1 on aggregate. No MLS side has ever won the CONCACAF Champions League title.