The Seattle Sounders will get off to their earliest-ever start to a season when they face FC Motagua in the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 tonight. The Sounders have not won a match in Central America since they beat Comunicaciones 3-2 during the group stage of the 2012-13 CCL.
Although all their presumed starters are expected to be available for the game, the Sounders will not quite be at full strength. Nicolás Lodeiro has yet to play even a full half, João Paulo hasn’t made a preseason appearance and Nouhou only just re-joined the team the other day. There are significant questions surrounding how much any of them will play.
Motagua, meanwhile, will be missing several key pieces of their own but have the advantage of having played five league matches this season (2-1-2).
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: Josh Atencio, Danny Leyva, Jimmy Medranda
Ref: Enrique Santander (Mexico); AR1: Enrique Bustos (Mexico); AR2: Jorge Sanchez (Mexico); 4th: David Gomez (Costa Rica); VAR: Adonai Escobedo (Mexico); AVAR: Leon Barajas (Mexico)
How to Watch
Match date/time: Thursday, 6 PM Pacific
Venue: Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Online Streaming: Fubo TV (affiliate link)
National English TV: FS2 (Josh Eastern)
Local Radio: 1090 KJR-AM Seattle (Costigan, Keller)
National Spanish TV: TUDN (Carlos Pavon, Raul Mendez & Paul Perez)
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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