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Sounders' CCL draw coming into focus

It looks like the Sounders will be playing a team from El Salvador in the Preliminary Round of the CONCACAF Champions League at Qwest Field between July 27-29.

Currently, El Salvador is in a bit of trouble with FIFA, but the effect that will have on this tournament is still unclear.

The Sounders appear prepared to take the tournament at least as seriously as the U.S. Open Cup, which will be taking place around the same time.

"We want to win everything because we are greedy and selfish," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. "A lot of clubs are like that, I think. Obviously it’s always a week to week thing. We have to see how certain people are, how they responded. I think we have some good depth. I think our depth as guys get healthy will only get better and then we just have to make the right decisions at the right time. Obviously MLS Cup, winning your country’s championship, I think is always the most important goal. Champions League is certainly a very important goal and defending the Open Cup is something we would like to do as well. So we are going to try and do the triple if we can but that’s a lot of work for us. We just have to go week to week."

UPDATE: This story does a pretty good job of laying out the tournament.

UPDATE II: FIFA has cleared El Salvador.

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