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Sounders in Trinidad for CCL match tomorrow

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Aug. 29, 2012 at 8:54 am with No Comments »
August 29, 2012 8:59 am

The Sounders have made it to Trinidad, where they will meet Caledonia AIA tomorrow in CONCACAF Champions League. (Brad Evans has been tweeting some interesting travel updates.)The Sounders won the earlier match 3-1 — but that was at home, and this kind of travel can make a real difference for the visiting club.

“It’s as far south as we can go in our confederation,” coach Sigi Schmid said before the club set off yesterday. “I thought we were going to play in the Sudamericana Cup because we’re right there. … (That’s) a long travel day, so we’ll see how we react to that, because our experience the first time around in CONCACAF wasn’t real good doing that. It’s something that we have to accept though, and we have to work through and deal with.”

Here’s a look ahead from the club:

Champions League Preview
In round two of this year’s CONCACAF Champions League group stage, Sounders FC travels to Trinidad for the away leg of the series with Caledonia AIA. Seattle beat Caledonia, 3-1, in Seattle on August 2 in the opening round. Sounders FC sits atop group four with three points in one game. Caledonia and Honduras’ Marathon are tied with one point after a scoreless draw in Couva, Trinidad last Wednesday. As the only team to have played two games, Caledonia faces possible elimination with a loss.

Team Record Goals For/Against

Sounders FC 1-0-0, 3 points 3/1

CD Marathon 0-0-1, 1 point 0/0

Caledonia AIA 0-0-1, 1 point 0/0

Group 4 Schedule
Date Teams/Results Location

August 2 Sounders FC 3 vs. Caledonia AIA 1 Seattle
August 22 Caledonia AIA 0 vs. CD Marathon 0 Couva, Trinidad
August 30 Caledonia AIA vs. Sounders FC Couva, Trinidad
September 19 CD Marathon vs. Sounders FC San Pedro Sula, Honduras
September 26 CD Marathon vs. Caledonia AIA San Pedro Sula, Honduras
October 24 Sounders FC vs. CD Marathon Seattle

About Caledonia

Club: Caledonia AIA (TRI)
Founded: 1979
City: Malabar, Trinidad & Tobago
Stadium: Hasley Crawford Stadium
Manager: Jamaal Shabazz
Qualification method: 2012 CFU Club Champions Cup champion
Previous CONCACAF Champions League appearances: None
Honors: Trinidad and Tobago Cup – 1 (2008)

After capturing the Caribbean club championship for the first time in the club’s 32-year history, Caledonia AIA is making its first appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League. Caledonia AIA edged four-time champions W Connection 4-3 on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 draw June 21 at Manny Ramjohn Stadium. Making his first start for Caledonia AIA, goalkeeper Glenroy Samuel made a save in the fifth round of kicks to seal the title. Caledonia AIA captured three out of five domestic titles this year, winning the First Citizens Cup, FA Trophy and the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield. Returning for Caledonia are center backs Nuru Abdallah Muhammad and Radanfah Abu Bakr, Guyanese wing back Walter Moore and international teammate goalkeeper Ronson Williams as well as Trinidad U-23 goalkeeper Samuel. Up front, the squad is led by Trinidad and Tobago international Devorn Jorsling and U-23 teammates Jamal Gay and Trevin Caesar. The club is coached by Jamaal Shabazz, who is also guiding the Guyanese national team in the third round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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