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Maybe CCL's toughest test tonight

Here's a quick look at Seattle's return to CONCACAF Champions League -- with perhaps the tournament's toughest test: a visit to defending champion Monterrey:

SOUNDERS FC (MLS)AT CF MONTERREY (MEXICO)5 p.m., Estadio Tecnologico; Monterrey, Mexico.TV: Fox Soccer Channel. HEAD TO HEAD: Monterrey leads, 2-0. NOTES: Early leadership of CONCACAF Champions League Group D hangs in the balance. This is each club’s second match in the group stage. Seattle opened with a 4-1 home win over Comunicaciones of Guatemala, while Monterrey took a 5-0 win over Herediano in Costa Rica. Those four Group D clubs will play each other home and away, with the top two advancing to the tournament’s knockout rounds. … Monterrey, the defending CCL champion, qualified this season by winning the 2010 Mexican Apertura championship. It has won the Mexican league title four times, Copa Mexico once, CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup once, and CCL once. … The club was founded in 1945, and is nicknamed the Rayados, in honor of its blue-striped jerseys. … Monterrey is off to a 3-3 start in the 2011 Mexican Apertura. Seattle is 12-5-9 in MLS. … The weather forecast calls for a high temperature around 95 with a chance of thunderstorms.QUOTABLE: “It was a case of Monterrey was at home and didn’t start all their starters; they started quite a few. And it was a case of we played a lot of our reserves and the guys did well, got a couple of good goals. Then we had a bad period of time where we needed a little bit of organization and experience, and hopefully we’ll have that organization and experience this year.” -- Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on his club’s 3-2 loss at Monterrey last season.NEXT: Seattle returns to MLS action at 1 p.m. Saturday, when Columbus visits CenturyLink Field. The Sounders next Champions League match is Sept. 14 at Herediano.