While they were eliminated earlier than expected in Concacaf Champions League, the Seattle Sounders do have one more chance at an international trophy in the Campeones Cup. Now we know when they’ll have that chance. According to an email to MLS supporters, Commissioner Don Garber said the match will be played at CenturyLink Field on Aug. 12.
The Sounders qualified for the game by winning the 2019 MLS Cup. This will be the third year of the Campeones Cup, with Tigres UANL beating Toronto FC in 2018 and Atlanta United topping Club America last year. The Sounders will face the winner of the Campeone de Campeones, which will take place in July between Monterrey (who won the 2019 Apertura) and the 2020 Clausura winner. Cruz Azul and Club America currently sit atop the table.
Although it’s effectively a friendly, the two previous editions of the game have been highly entertaining. In the last CBA, MLS players stood to split $100,000 amongst themselves if they won the game and will likely see a significant bonus increase in the new CBA.
The Campeones Cup will be contested during a relatively convenient point in the schedule for the Sounders. They’ll host Sporting KC on Aug. 8 and then visit Minnesota United on Aug. 16, meaning they’ll have the four days of rest on either side of the match.