However, the bigger issue is that this really is pretty close to a do-or-die game in terms of Sounders chances of advancing. And even the Sounders weren't beating around that bush. Kasey Keller said without a win here the last three CONCACAF games will be reduced to reserve matches. Steve Zakuani said it's pretty much win or say goodnight. And even Sigi Schmid was willing to say this: "I think we need to get something out of this game. We need to get a point or we need to get three. So for sure we need to get something out of this game.”
A quick look ahead (with an update from the Sounders that Blaise Nkufo did travel):
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FCAT CD SAPRISSA (COSTA RICA)7 p.m. Tuesday, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica.TV: FSC. RADIO: 97.3 FM.ABOUT THIS COMPETITION: CONCACAF Champions League is a tournament involving top clubs from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Seattle qualified by winning the 2009 U.S. Open Cup. Group play consists of six games, each team in the group playing the other three home and away. The top two finishers in each group will advance to the knockout rounds. Through two games, Monterrey leads at 2-0, Saprissa and Marathon are 1-1, and Seattle is 0-2. Marathon visits Monterrey at 5 p.m. today.ABOUT SAPRISSA: Deportivo Saprissa was founded in 1935. The club is called El Monstruo Morado: the Purple Monster. Its home stadium -- nicknamed the Monster’s Cave – seats 23,112 and is the rare Latin American stadium using an artificial surface. Saprissa is the most decorated club in Costa Rica, having won the league 29 times. The club also won five Central American titles and three CONCACAF Champions Cups. This is its third consecutive Champions League appearance. Saprissa qualified this as Costa Rican Verano champions. The manager is Roy Myers, who made 45 appearances with the Costa Rican national team. Team captain Victor Cordero is a former national team defender who has been with Saprissa for 18 seasons. Josue Martinez scored twice in the club’s most recent league match.NOTES: Saprissa is 3-3-2 this season in the Costa Rican Primera Division, while the Sounders are 9-9-6 in MLS. … Sounders starting left back Leo Gonzalez is from San Jose, C.R. … Sounders defender James Riley (ankle) did not travel, but there is a chance he could be ready when the Sounders return to league play Saturday at Columbus. Designated player Blaise Nkufo, who had been out with a knee injury, traveled with the team; and designated player Alvaro Fernandez rejoined the Sounders in Costa Rica after taking a few days in Uruguay to celebrate the birth of his first child, a son.NEXT: After the MLS game Saturday at Columbus, the Sounders return to Champions League play Sept. 22 at Monterrey (Mexico). Saprissa’s return match to Seattle is Oct. 20.