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Game day: Sounders-Herediano at 7 p.m.

A quick look at tonight's match:

SOUNDERS FC (MLS)AT CS HEREDIANO (COSTA RICA)7 p.m., Estadio Alejandro Morerra Soto; Alajuela, Costa Rica.TV: Fox Soccer.HEAD TO HEAD: First meeting.NOTES: Seattle is at the top of CONCACAF Champions League Group D with a 2-0 record and six points. Herediano is at the bottom with an 0-2 record and has been outscored 7-0. The other teams in Group D are Monterrey (Mexico) and Comunicaciones (Guatemala), both 1-1. Each group team plays the other three home and away, and the top two in the group advance to the knockout round. … Herediano was founded in 1921 when three clubs from around Heredia, C.R., merged. The club has 21 Costa Rican league titles, behind Saprissa (29) and Alajuelense (26). The club qualified for its second Champions League appearance by finishing second in the Invierno season and having a better record than Verano runner-up San Carlos over both seasons. … This season, Herediano is 5-2-2 in its domestic league, led by Olman Vargas Lopez’s four goals. Sounders FC is 13-6-9 in MLS, led by Fredy Montero’s seven goals. … Seattle defender Leo Gonzalez made 154 appearances with Herediano from 2000-2009. … Sounders midfielders Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans and Erik Friberg did not travel to Costa Rica. However, defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is expected to play 90 minutes after picking up a red card in a league game Saturday, which shortened his minutes in that game and makes him ineligible for Seattle’s next league game.QUOTABLE: “Herediano is a team that’s a dangerous team right now. It’s a different team than the one that lost to Monterrey and a different team that lost to Comunicaciones. They had a coaching change. … It’s a situation where the players are out now for Herediano to prove themselves to a new coach.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid.NEXT: The Sounders return to MLS regular season play at 6 p.m. Saturday, meeting D.C. United at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders’ next Champions League match is 7 p.m. Tuesday, when Herediano visits.
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