The Sounders open CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal play tonight in Mexico. Here is our preview story from today’s paper. And below are the basics:
SOUNDERS FC AT TIGRES UANL
7 p.m., Estadio Universitario, Monterrey, Mexico.
TV: Fox Soccer. RADIO: None.
NOTES: This is the first of a two-game aggregate-score series in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal round. The winner is determined by most total goals over the two matches. If total goals are even, road goals are the first tie-breaker. Red cards or two yellow cards result in suspension for the next match. … Seattle advanced to the quarterfinal as a No. 3 seed by going 4-0 through the group stage. Tigres went 2-0-2, earning a No. 6 seed. This is Seattle’s third appearance in CCL and second trip to the quarterfinals. Tigres is making its CCL debut. … The Sounders will debut their new “Cascade shale” kits. … The assigned referee is Elmer Bonilla of El Salvador.
ABOUT TIGRES: Tigres leads its domestic league with a 6-0-3 record, Liga MX’s only unbeaten team. The club was founded in 1960 in San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon. It has won three Mexican Primera Division, two Copa Mexico and two Interliga titles. Tigres qualified for CCL by winning the 2011 Mexican Apertura. This is Tigres first meeting with the Sounders.
QUOTABLE: “We’ve got to go out … with the maturity to play a good game defensively. … We obviously want to win the game. If we don’t win it, we want to tie it. And if we can’t tie it, we only want to lose 1-0.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid.
NEXT: The series will resolve at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when Tigres visits CenturyLink Field. Tickets remain available. The series winner will meet the Houston-Santos Laguna winner next month in the semifinals.