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Sounders training in New England; Revs tomorrow

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 30, 2011 at 9:40 am with No Comments »
September 30, 2011 9:40 am

No access to the Sounders today as they continue to train in New England. So, here’s an update from the club:

Sounders FC remains on the road as they continue to reach more objectives on their ambitious checklist, beginning with sealing their place in the next phase of the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night. Next comes an opportunity to get a result on some heretofore barren ground against the New England Revolution on Saturday. KONG 6/16 will televise it live beginning at 4:30 p.m. PT.

Sounders FC continued their early autumn success with an important draw at CSD Comunicaciones in the fifth round of Champions League group play on Tuesday night in Guatemala City. Osvaldo Alonso twice pulled Seattle even as the club advanced out of the group stage for the first time. Sounders FC will host Mexico’s CF Monterrey in the final round of group play on October 18. The quarterfinal begins next March.

The Rave Green are unbeaten in their last six on the road (5-0-1) across all competitions and remain atop Group D with 10 points, one point clear of Monterrey.

The scene shifts far north to Foxborough, Mass. on Saturday night when Seattle completes an arduous nine-day, 9,000-mile road trip against the New England Revolution, a side that has twice beaten Sounders FC on its Gillette Stadium home turf.

A four-match home stand on the Xbox Pitch at Centurylink Field will begin in grand style on October 4, when Seattle hosts the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final versus the Chicago Fire. First kick is 7 p.m. PT.

If the first five days of autumn were any indication, the final weeks of the 2011 season will be quite special for Sounders FC. On the evening of the fall equinox they officially clinched a third straight berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs and a day later they lifted the Cascadia Cup and reclaimed sole possession of second place in the Supporters’ Shield race with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Three days later came the 2-2 draw in Guatemala to clinch advancement in Champions League.

After breaking their season win record in British Columbia, Sounders FC (15-6-9, 54 points) are aiming for their third straight league win at New England (5-13-12, 27 points). The Revs are returning home after successive away losses to Portland (3-0) and Chicago (3-2), however they are .500 (4-4-6) at Gillette, having gone unbeaten in the last three. They beat Seattle at Foxborough both in 2009 (2-1) and 2010 (3-1). Three months ago in the Emerald City, Sounders FC won, 2-1.

Fans can follow Saturday’s match via the voice of Arlo White both on KONG 6/16 and 97.3 KIRO FM. Also broadcasting the game will be La Gran D 99.3 FM.

For tickets to the Open Cup final and Seattle’s MLS and Champions League matches go to www.SoundersFC.com or call 800-745-3000.

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