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CCL: Sounders seeking glimmer of hope at Monterrey

The basics

CONCACAF Champions League, Group C, Matchday 4

Monterrey CF (3-0-0, nine points, first in group) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (0-3-0, zero points, fourth in group) at Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey, Mexico.

TV info

8 p.m ET, Fox Soccer Channel

Game intro

Neither team has too much to play for in this CONCACAF Champions League tilt.

Seattle, winless in three attempts in CCL competition, have little hope of advancing and will likely give some younger players a chance to play.

Conversely, Monterrey boast a 100 percent record in the competition and look well on their way to securing the No. 1 spot in Group C.

Seattle Sounders FC

The good news is Seattle are flying high in domestic competition, posting an 8-1-3 record in their last 12 matches in MLS and US Open Cup play. The bad news is that Seattle’s form hasn’t transferred to CCL, where they sit dead last in Group C after losing all three matches.

With a road match against Chicago looming on Saturday, Seattle will probably not travel with their more key players and give some seldom-used reserves the start against one of Mexico’s strongest teams.

"We are still going to try and put the team out there that we think is going to win the game," coach Sigi Schmid told The Seattle Times. "We are not giving any games away."

Monterrey

Still undefeated in the domestic campaign, los Rayados have played well recently with two consecutive wins against Tigres UANL and Atlas.

Their 5-0-3 record in the Primera División puts them in second place in Group 1, just two points behind Santos Laguna. Once again, star striker Humberto Suazo leads the way with eight goals.

Heroes & Villains

Actually, just a villain here: the field. With the forecast calling for rain Wednesday night, the pitch at Estadio Tecnológico could turn into a soupy nightmare.

Perhaps that could work in Seattle’s advantage, although it has bit them in the past: Their CCL group-stage opener in Honduras in August was lost when the ball took an unpredictable bounce between Tyrone Marshall and Kasey Keller, resulting in a penalty and the winning goal for Marathón.

Stat that makes you go, “Hmm ..."

253: Minutes of CCL play without a goal for Seattle Sounders FC


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