Here’s a quick look at the Sounders’ CONCACAF Champions League group stage finale against defending champion Monterrey tonight at CenturyLink:
CF MONTERREY (MEXICO)
AT SOUNDERS FC (MLS)
7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.
TV: Fox Soccer. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: Monterrey leads, 2-1. Seattle won 1-0 on Aug. 23 in Mexico with the goal coming from Alvaro Fernandez.
NOTES: This concludes CONCACAF Champions League group play for both teams. Seattle (3-1-1 in CCL) clinches the top spot in Group D with a win or a draw, but finishes second with a loss. Regardless of result, the Sounders will advance to the quarterfinals in March. Monterrey (3-2) wins the group with a victory and advances with a draw. However, a loss leaves Monterrey vulnerable to elimination if Comunicaciones beats Herediano. … Monterrey reportedly is traveling with its first-team regulars, except for the injured Aldo de Nigris. … Seattle defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is ineligible due to yellow-card accumulation. … Monterrey is the defending CCL champion and qualified this season by winning the 2010 Mexican Apertura. The club has won the Mexican league title four times, Copa Mexico once, CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup once, and CCL once. … The club was founded in 1945, and is nicknamed the Rayados, in honor of its blue-striped jerseys. … This season, Monterrey is 5-6-2 in the 2011 Mexican Apertura, while Seattle is 17-7-9 in MLS.
QUOTABLE: “They need at least a tie to ensure themselves of advancing. We need a tie to finish first; a win finishes us first as well. … I think it’s going to be a motivated Monterrey team, a team that wants to get at least a point, if not more, out of the game.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid.
NEXT: Seattle concludes the MLS regular season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chivas USA. The Sounders return to CONCACAF Champions League play in March with a home-and-away, aggregate-score, two-game quarterfinal series against an opponent to be determined.