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CCL group play opens with Caledonia visit tonight

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Aug. 2, 2012 at 1:08 am with No Comments »
August 1, 2012 10:05 pm

The Sounders third appearance in CONCACAF Champions League begins at home tonight against Caledonia AIA of Trinidad.

Here are some basic:

7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.
Fox Soccer. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: First meeting.
NOTES: This is each team’s first match in the group stage of CONCACAF Champions League. The other club in Group 4 is Marathon of Honduras. Each team will play the other two in the group, home and away, with the eight group winners advancing to the knockout round. … This is Caledonia’s first CCL appearance in its 32-year history. This is Seattle’s third CCL appearance in its four-year history. The Sounders did not advance out of group play in 2010-11, and were eliminated by Santos Laguna of Mexico in the 2011-12 quarterfinals. … Seattle qualified by winning the 2011 U.S. Open Cup; Caledonia by winning the Caribbean Football Union Club Champions Cup. … Caledonia is led by Jamal Gay, a 6-foot-2 forward, scored seven goals in league play last season. Goalkeeper Glenroy Samuel played for the Trinidad U-23 team. Center backs Nuru Abdallah Muhammad and Radanfah Abu Bakr return from the club that went 12-7-2 in the 2011-12 TT Pro League, scoring 34 goals. The club is coached by Jamaal Shabazz, who also coaches the Guyanese national team. … The assigned referee is Stanley Lancaster of Guyana. … Plenty of tickets remain available, starting at $15.
QUOTABLE: “Last year we went to the quarterfinals, and unfortunately that’s where we exit. But this year, we’re tying to go to the finals.” – Sounders midfielder Cordell Cato, a native of Trinidad.
NEXT: The Sounders next CCL match is Aug. 30 at Caledonia. Seattle returns to Major League Soccer play at 6 p.m. Sunday, meeting Los Angeles at CenturyLink Field.

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