UPDATE 9:01 p.m. (Wednesday) — Monterrey cruises past the Los Angeles Galaxy, winning 3-1 on aggregate in the semifinals, and will face Santos Laguna in the CCL finals. This is a rematch of the 2011-12 finals. Monterrey, in fact, was won the past two tournaments. Any rooting interesting in the MLS? Ex-Sounder Herculez Gomez?
UPDATE 12:43 p.m. (Tuesday): The second legs of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals are on tap this week, starting with Sounders-Santos on Tuesday and Galaxy-Monterrey on Wednesday. Only one team in MLS history has advanced to the finals — Real Salt Lake in 2010-11 — but Seattle and L.A. will have to come from behind after losing at home (something no CCL team has ever done).
The Sounders are struggling in MLS right now. That’s no secret.
But attention has been turned to a different competition, the CONCACAF Champions League, where Seattle is in the semifinals against Mexico’s Santos Laguna.
In the quarterfinal round, the Sounders became the first MLS team to eliminate a Mexican opponent in the knockout stages since the CCL format change in 2008. Now they have to again in their pursuit of being the league’s first to win the whole tournament.
Here’s a schedule, with a look at the other series: the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) vs. Monterrey (Mexico).
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SOUNDERS FC vs. SANTOS LAGUNA
First leg — Sounders FC 0, Santos Laguna 1
Second leg — Santos Laguna 1, Sounders FC 1 (Santos advances 2-1 on aggregate)
LA GALAXY vs. MONTERREY
First leg — LA Galaxy 1, Monterrey 2
Second leg — Monterrey 1, LA Galaxy 0 (Monterrey advances 3-1 on aggregate)