UPDATE 10:51 p.m. — Here’s a CONCACAF release that appears to indicate the quarterfinal legs will be March 5-7 and March 12-14, and the semifinals will be April 2-4 and April 9-11. The release is a bit confusing though.
The results of Thursday’s CONCACAF Champions League games have gone final. Here’s how things shaped up headed into the quarterfinal round (where the No. 1 seed plays the No. 8, and so on)…
1. Monterrey (Mexico), Group 7 — 12 points, +15 GD
2. Santos Laguna (Mexico), Group 1 — 12 points, +12 GD
3. Sounders FC (MLS), Group 4 — 12 points, +7 GD
4. LA Galaxy (MLS), Group 5 — 10 points, +8 GD
5. Herediano (Costa Rica), Group 2 — 10 points, +3 GD
6. Tigres UANL (Mexico), Group 6 — 8 points, +9 GD
7. Houston (MLS), Group 3 — 8 points, +6 GD
8. Xelaju (Guatemala), Group 8 — 7 points, +1 GD
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Seattle will face a Mexican team in the CCL quarterfinals for the second year in a row (Santos Laguna trounced the Sounders by a 7-3 aggregate score in the 2011-12 CCL quarterfinals).
Tigres is currently in 11th place in the Mexican league and based in the Monterrey area, where the Sounders have won before in CCL.
“If we play Tigres, we get a chance to see (American defender) Jonathan Bornstein, so that’ll be good,” coach Sigi Schmid said after Wednesday’s game. “We’ve been to Monterrey, so we know what the hotel is like and all that good stuff. But if we play them, we play them.”
“Playing a team from Mexico, at least we’re away first and home second, which is a plus. And we’re avoiding for sure the big two that have done very well in the last couple years in this competition — Monterrey especially.”
If Seattle advances, it could get a rematch with Santos Laguna, which faces another MLS team in the Houston Dynamo in another quarterfinal. Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Galaxy won on the road at Isidro Metapan on Thursday to clinch the No. 4 seed and a matchup with Herediano of Costa Rica.
While the Sounders get home field advantage in the quarterfinals, they wouldn’t in the semifinals or the final, regardless of results, according to the tournament rules posted on the CCL website.
What do you think of how things played out?