Things would be very different, of course, had they managed one more goal at Santos Laguna. In that case, the Sounders would be hours away from opening the CONCACAF Champions League final against Monterrey. Instead, the Sounders will be spectators when that series begins at 7 tonight on Fox Soccer.
(That the topic of our story in today's News Tribune.)
At Sounders training yesterday, we asked coach Sigi Schmid what he expects from the Monterrey-Santos final.
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"Obviously we lost to Santos, so sometimes you’d rather see the team you lose to, because at least you can say you lost to the champion," he said. "I think Santos is obviously a dangerous team. Monterrey has done a better job of probably resting their players – they’re less successful in the league right now. I really didn’t look at their lineups this weekend, so I’m not sure of how many players each of them rested, so that makes it a little harder to say. But it will be good games for sure: close."