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Also Toronto wins CONCACAF Champions League opener; Herediano tie Tigres

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Seattle

In a wide ranging and insightful interview with Soccer America, Sounders Sporting Director and Vice-President of Soccer Chris Henderson talks topics from scouting CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) matches to using drones to obtain aerial footage of Sounders training sessions for better analysis. He also drops a hint about a couple potential acquisitions. Chris Henderson on scouting abroad for the Sounders, how his job has changed and why he loves it | Soccer America

And in another wide ranging and insightful interview, midfielder Cristian Roldan took some time to respond to questions posed by fans on Twitter using the hashtag #AskCristian. Take a look at Cristian Roldan's best answers from his Twitter Q&A | Sounders FC

The Sounders FC website has gone bilingual with news and information now available in Spanish. They have also launched an accompanying Spanish language Twitter feed. Seattle Sounders FC lanza nuevo sitio de noticias en español | Sounders FC

Watch Niko Lodeiro’s plug for Sounders FC en Espanol:

Tacoma has recently been enjoying a bona fide boom. The partnership between the Tacoma Rainiers and S2 has arrived at the right time. Rainers and new Sounders minor league team playing important role in Tacoma renaissance | Q13 Fox

The elite young players in the Sounders Academy face extensive travel, intense training and less time for school work and normal social activities. But the payoff is top level instruction, experience and the chance to be a pro soccer player. Local soccer players sacrifice to play with Sounders Academy | Heraldnet

CONCACAF Champions League

The CCL round of 16 matches kicked off last night with Liga MX powerhouse Club de Fútbol Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León at Club Sport Herediano from Costa Rica. Tigres were up 2-0 before a late penalty and a goal off of a free kick late allowed Herediano to tie up the match. Arrieta’s dramatics lifts Herediano to draw vs. Tigres | Scotiabank Champions League

The second CCL match last night featured MLS Champions Toronto FC at Colorado Rapids. Colorado hung in for the first half but Toronto scored twice in the second half and the match ended up 2-0. Recap: Colorado Rapids vs. Toronto FC 02/21/2018 | Matchcenter

Tonight there will be three more CCL matches:

From Big D Soccer, here is a preview and information on now to watch the Dallas at Panamanian side Tauro FC. FC Dallas vs Tauro FC: Preview, TV schedule and how to watch online | Big D Soccer

Also tonight, Club America will be at Costa Rican squad Deportiva Saprissa. Saprissa vs América - Champions League - Preview | Futebolcidade

The late match tonight is a neutral-site match between Club Tijuana and Motagua from Honduras. Why is FC Motagua's CONCACAF Champions League match vs. Club Tijuana taking place in Texas? | Goal

Houston’s USL affiliate, Rio Grande Valley FC, in Edinburgh, Texas was an unlikely choice to host the CCL Tijuana/Motagua matchup. But the team is enthusiastic about showcasing their new beautiful new H-E-B Park. Toros’ Garcia ‘Ecstatic’ for H-E-B Park SCCL Clash | USL Soccer

MLS

On the eve of yesterday’s CCL matchup v. Toronto FC, Colorado signed striker Joe Mason on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. You may remember that the Rapids recently also signed defensive midfielder Jack Price from the Wanderers. Colorado Rapids acquire striker Joe Mason on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers FC | Colorado Rapids

Orlando City has also continued to add, acquiring Senegal international center-back Lamine Sane from Werder Bremen. Orlando City acquires Senegal international defender Lamine Sane | ESPN

LAFC have just 18 players under contract and their inaugural match at Seattle on March 4 is less than 2 weeks away. One good piece of news for the side though is that reportedly they are on the brink of signing Andre Horta from Benfica (currently on loan with Braga). Stejskal: Andre Horta to be LAFC's third DP, Tristan Blackmon set to sign | MLSsoccer.com

World

FOX Sports has announced their World Cup 2018 schedule. They will have all 64 matches live with 38 matches on broadcast television and 26 on FS1. FOX Sports 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Presentation Features Unprecedented 38 Matches Live on Network Television | Fox Sports PressPass

Meanwhile, host country Russia has another public relations stain to contend with on top of recently documented instances of fan racism: price gouging of travelers by hotels. Russian authorities fine hotels for World Cup price-gouging | ProSoccerTalk

In an interview with ESPN, Christian Pulisic, the USMNT Player of the Year for 2017, says he feels he has been struggling with his performance recently. What is going on with the young American prodigy? Christian Pulisic: My recent form is 'not the best it's been’ | ESPN

Recent comments made by the coach of Juarez FC, in the Acenso MX, have sparked debate on the importance of the Copa MX tournament. Does the Copa MX matter? | FMF State Of Mind