The Sounders conclude CONCACAF Champions League group play tonight with a match against Marathon. All that’s at stake for the Sounders is seeding, but fans get the added interest of watching Marcus Hahnemann return to the pitch in Seattle.
A few basics:
MARATHON (HONDURAS) AT SOUNDERS FC (USA)
7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.
TV: Fox Soccer. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle won the Sept. 19 meeting in Honduras, 3-2. The clubs split two meetings in 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League.
NOTES: This is the final match of CCL Group 4. Seattle (3-0-0) has clinched the group, and Marathon (1-1-1) cannot advance. Caledonia AIA went 0-3-1. … Seattle is one of four teams going into the final match with a chance at a perfect record in its group. Quarterfinal seeding will be established according to group records. … Marathon is based in San Pedra Sula, Honduras, the hometown of Sounders midfielder Mario Martinez. … Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is expected to make his Sounders FC debut. … Marathon is led by Honduran international defender Jerry Palacios, and veteran defenders Mario Beata and Mauricio Sabillon. However, there is uncertainty about what kind of roster Marathon will field. … Marathon qualified as the non-champion with the best aggregate record in the 2011-12 Honduran season. This is Marathon’s fourth consecutive CCL appearance. … About 5,100 tickets had been sold as of Tuesday.
QUOTABLE: “They know that are not going to advance, so they might come a little bit with a younger team. But they’re also a team that has nothing to lose, so they can play very free for them. If you give them a lot of possession and they’re spirits get lifted and so forth, then it can be a very difficult game.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on Marathon
NEXT: In CCL, the Sounders advance to the quarterfinals next spring. In MLS, the club concludes its fourth regular season at 6 p.m. Sunday at Los Angeles.