It appears the Seattle Sounders will gear up for their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal by playing Mexican side Veracruz in a friendly while training in Arizona. The Mexican report says the match will occur during the weekend of Feb. 23-25, which would be a few days after their final Desert Diamond Cup match and about a week before their MLS opener.
Veracruz is currently playing in Mexico's second division, now called Ascenso MX, where they are second behind Universidad Guadalajara. During the most recent Apertura season, they finished 12th in the 15-team table.
While possibly playing a vaguely similar style as CCL opponent UANL Tigres, Veracruz's quality is not in the same ballpark. Tigres is currently sitting atop the Liga MX table with 13 points through five matches. Their +8 goal difference is the best in Mexico, only two teams have scored more than their 11 goals and no one has allowed fewer than their three goals.
Emanuel Villa is off to a blazing start, leading the league with five goals. Lucas Lobos is not far behind with three goals and two assists.