But RBNY will know its potential first-round opponent - and the identity of potential future opponents in the tournament - on December 3, because CONCACAF is pushing ahead with the draw for CCL 2019 before qualifying for the competition is technically complete.
The @MLS Cup between @ATLUTD and @TimbersFC will determine the pots for the #SCCL Draw on Monday. Who do you want your team playing against in the first round of the #SCCL2019? #LoveForOurGame pic.twitter.com/lS0NRA5KJK— Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (@TheChampions) December 1, 2018
So the CCL 2019 will deliver RBNY an opponent and a path to the final, but the Red Bulls won’t know if they’re actually playing in the tournament until December 8.
The competition is expected to kick off in February.