Here’s our preview story from today’s News Tribune. Below, some basics:
SOUNDERS FC (USA)
AT CALEDONIA AIA (TRINIDAD)
5 p.m., Ato Bolden Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.
TV: Fox Soccer. RADIO: None.
HEAD TO HEAD: Sounders FC won the first meeting, 3-1, at CenturyLink Field on Aug. 2.
NOTES: Seattle is 1-0-0 and Caledonia is 0-1-1 in group stage of CONCACAF Champions League. The other team in Group 4 is CD Marathon of Honduras (0-0-1), which played to a scoreless draw with Caledonia last week. The three clubs will play each other, home and away; and the group winner will advance to the knockout quarterfinal round. … Seattle qualified for Champions League by winning the 2011 U.S. Open Cup. Caledonia advanced to CCL for the first time by taking the 2012 Caribbean club champions cup.
QUOTABLE: “The big thing is if we can win our next two games we can hopefully make the (final) game meaningless. That’s where we’re at right now. If we can win the next two, then there’s no way Marathon or Caledonia can catch us. So, that’s our objective right now.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid.
NEXT: The Sounders return to MLS play at 4 p.m. Sunday at FC Dallas. Their next CCL match is Sept. 19 at Marathon.