Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Seattle Sounders to face Santos Laguna in the Champions League Quarterfinals

By Money Mike

The CONCACAF Champions League knockout round draw took place earlier today at the CONCACAF Headquarters in New York City and after all the quarterfinal pairings and the possible matchups for the Semifinals and the Championship, the knockout stages is all set and ready to go for the month of March. The Seattle Sounders who finished second in Group D have been drawn against Mexican club Santos Laguna finished on top of Group B. The first leg will be somewhere between March 6-8 at CenturyLink Field and the second leg will be a week from that time between March 13-15 south of the border in Mexico. Each round is played over two legs, with away goals rule taking effect in this tournament, so the chances of a series being decided by two 15 minute extra time periods are very little. Remember our preliminary series against San Francisco F.C. went to extra time because San Francisco won the first match on their home soil 1-0 and then Seattle originally won the 2nd leg 1-0 at home, so that's where extra time had to come into place. The Sounders went on and scored another goal in extra-time and was able to hold ground the rest of the way in the 2nd leg and win 2-1 on aggregate. The winner of this series will take on the winner of the LA Galaxy/Toronto FC series.

CONCACAF Champions League
(Home teams listed first)


First leg (March 6-8 2012):*

Seattle Sounders FC vs Santos Laguna (Mexico)
Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) vs Pumas UANM (Mexico)
Toronto FC vs Los Angeles Galaxy
Morelia (Mexico) vs Monterrey (Mexico)

Second leg (March 13-15 2012):*

Santos Laguna (Mexico) vs Seattle Sounders FC
Pumas UANM (Mexico) vs Isidro Metapan (El Salvador)
Los Angeles Galaxy vs Toronto FC
Monterrey (Mexico) vs Morelia (Mexico)


First leg (March 27-29 2012):*

Semifinal 1 - Toronto FC/LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders/Santos Laguna
Semifinal 2 - Morelia/Monterrey vs Isidro Metapan/Pumas UANM

Second leg (April 3-5 2012):*

Semifinal 1 - Seattle Sounders/Santos Laguna vs Toronto FC/LA Galaxy
Semifinal 2 - Isidro Metapan/Pumas UANM vs Morelia/Monterrey


First leg (April 17-19 2012):*

Winner of Semifinal 2 vs Winner of Semifinal 1

Second leg (April 24-26 2012):*

Winner of Semifinal 1 vs Winner of Semifinal 2

*Dates to be determined

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