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Dangers in CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Draw

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On Wednesday the Seattle Sounders FC will get a decent idea of who they are to face in the next version of the CONCANCAF Champions League. The draw on Wednesday the 18th will how Seattle fans what will be their most exotic ensured away trip of the year. Three of four Caribbean teams would in some ways be ideal. Well, except that few would want to travel to Haiti, and the Puerto Rico Islanders would be the most difficult team in Pot B.

Though the draw will set-up opponents for teams like the Sounders, and FC Dallas, not all of the opponents will be known at the time of the draw. The Caribbean championship is still a couple weeks from being complete. Nicaragua also has a championship to determine their single slot. Both Walter Feretti and Real Esteli are competing for the nations sole slot. Neither Nicaragua nor Belize have met non-sporting qualification (Stadium issues) for the 2010/2011 CCL and were replaced by Honduras and Costa Rica.

For chances of advancing Seattle fans should hope for neither Nicaragua nor Belize being eliminated as neither nation has performed well in their rare appearances. Any of the CFU qualifiers not named the Islanders would be good news, and facing Alianza of El Salvador or San Fransisco of Panama should mean qualification as well.

Here is the complete Pot B

Guatemala Municipal Panama San Francisco El Salvador Alianza Nicaragua Nicaragua 1
Belize Defence Force Caribbean 1 Caribbean 2 Caribbean 3

The Sounders can not face another MLS team until after the Group Stages, except for one of Vancouver Whitecaps or Toronoto FC.

Now, if I get my prefernce would be for Defence Force FC of Trinidad. I'd love a trip to Trinidad. Yes, this probably means the Islanders, who continue to add MLS quality talent to their front office and staff. This to a team that already dominated the Los Angeles Galaxy, well and this tourney since its league format.