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Sounders learn quarterfinal opponent Thursday

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Oct. 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm with No Comments »
October 25, 2012 12:21 am

Below are the CONCACAF standings heading into today’s final group matches.

The Sounders are assured of third place, and therefore will play the No. 6 seed, which will be determined Thursday.

CONCACAF Champions League Standings
1. Monterrey 4-0-0 (12 points) +15 (15/0)
2. Santos 4-0-0 (12 points) +12 (13/1)
3. Seattle 4-0-0 (12 points) +7 (12/5)
4. Herediano 3-0-1 (10 points) +3 (4/1)
5. Tigres 2-0-2 (8 points) +9 (12/3)
6. Houston 2-0-2 (8 points) +6 (9/3)
7. LA Galaxy* 2-0-1 (7 points) +7 (9/2)
8. Xelaju* 2-0-1 (7 points) +2 (6/4)

*Two groups still have one game remaining, both to be played on Thursday, October 25. In Group 5, the LA Galaxy visit Metapan, with the Galaxy already clinching advancement to the quarterfinal round. In Group 8, Xelaju visits Guadalajara, with the group winner still to be decided.

Wednesday Results
Santos Laguna 1 – 0 Toronto FC
Seattle Sounders FC 3 – Marathon 1
Tigres UANL 5 – 0 Alajuelense 0

Remaining Schedule (October 25 at 7 p.m. PT)
Guadalajara vs. Xelaju
Metapan vs. LA Galaxy

Here’s what coach Sigi Schmid had to say about the possible matchups:

“You’ve got three MLS teams moving on. You’ve got three, possibly four, Mexican teams moving on. Well that takes care of seven of the eight, so it’s maybe only one team that’s not either a US team or a Mexican team, so the chance that you’re going to play either an American team or a Mexican team is great. Playing a team from Mexico, at least we’re away first and home second, which is a plus, and we’re avoiding for sure the big two that have done very well in the last couple years in this competition-Monterrey especially. All we can control is our own destiny, and then the rest is up to them. Chivas still needs to work to get in there-they need to win tomorrow night to get in-and we’ll see what happens in the Galaxy game, then that will determine who we play.”

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