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Sounders in Panama for CONCACAF prelim

A quick preview of today's match:

SOUNDERS FC AT SAN FRANCISCO FC (PANAMA)5 p.m., Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City, Panama.TV: Fox Soccer Channel.NOTES: CONCACAF Champions League is the club championship of teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The winner represents CONCACAF in the FIFA Club World Cup. … The Monks qualified by winning the Panamanian Clausura championship. The Sounders qualified by winning the 2010 U.S. Open Cup. … This is the first match of a two-game, aggregate-score, home-and-away series in the preliminary round. The second match will be played Aug. 3 at CenturyLink Field. The winner goes on to Group D, playing home-and-away games with defending champion Monterrey (Mexico), Comunicaciones (Guatemala), and the winner of the preliminary-round match between Herediano (Costa Rica) and Alpha United (Guyana). The latter series will begin tonight and resolves Aug. 4. Group play runs from August though October. … SFFC was founded in 1971 and is based in La Chorrera, Panama. This game was moved to Panama City due to renovation of San Francisco’s home stadium. … SFFC has won seven Panamanian league titles. This is its fourth Champions League appearance. … San Francisco is 2-0 in Panamanian league play, winning both games 1-0. Seattle is 10-4-8 in MLS. ... This is the first meeting of the clubs. … The Sounders flew to Panama City on Sunday, a journey of 3,865 air miles. … The weather forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-80s with a chance of thunderstorms.NEXT: The Sounders will fly directly to Houston, where they will return to league play at 5:30 p.m. Saturday against the Dynamo.