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Sounders facing three competitions in eight days

Monterrey tomorrow in CONCACAF Champions League. Columbus on Saturday in MLS. Dallas next Tuesday in U.S. Open Cup. ... The Sounders are about to open a very busy and very important week of their season.

Here's an overview from the club:

Three prime opportunities await Seattle Sounders FC over an 8-day span as they continue their summertime success in three competitions.

It all begins on Tuesday night on the edge of Mexico's Sierra Madre when the Rave Green meets reigning champion CF Monterrey in the second round of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage. First kick is 5 p.m. PT at Estadio Tecnoligco and the match will be televised nationally by Fox Soccer.

A three-game MLS home stand starts on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. PT against the Columbus Crew, leader of the Eastern Conference. KONG 6/16 will show the match live from the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.

And on August 30 Sounders FC will play their eighth and final match of the month, hosting FC Dallas in a sold-out Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal. Kickoff is 7 p.m. PT at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.

With eight matches remaining in the regular season Seattle (12-5-9, 45 points) is standing strong, owning the second-best record in MLS. The team has taken points in 12 of the last 13 contests and is already closing on the final point totals of the past two seasons. The Rave Green are 6-2-4 and unbeanten in the last five at home in league.

Sounders FC took over second in the West by defeating FC Dallas away last week, 1-0, to remain undefeated in August and continue an impressive defensive run. The team will take a short flight from Dallas to Monterrey, where the temperatures are only cooler when compared to the triple-digit heat being experienced in the Lone Star State.

Monterrey proved to be the region's premier team by claiming the 2010-11 Champions League title last spring. Los Rayados are unbeaten in 13 straight CCL matches, punctuated by a resounding 5-nil victory to open the group stage at Costa Rica's Herediano last week. Sounders FC lost both group stage meetings with Monterrey last year, but got off to an inspiring start to group play by coming from behind to top Guatemala's CSD Comunicaciones, 4-1, at home last week.

Columbus (11-7-7, 40 points) has gone to the top of the East by winning four of the last five. While the Crew have managed two draws in the Emerald City they are winless in the league series. Seattle has won a pair of encounters in the Ohio capital, and also defeated Columbus in the 2010 Open Cup final at home. The Crew have scored only eight goals on the road, where they are 3-6-3.

To reach the final for the third year in a row the Rave Green must dispatch Dallas. That match will be streamed live on SoundersFC.com. Arlo White will call that game as well as Saturday's on both KONG and 97.3 KIRO FM. La Gran D 99.3 FM will broadcast both the Columbus and FC Dallas games.

Following the cup semifinal Seattle will have an MLS bye before resuming play at home on September 10 versus Real Salt Lake.

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