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Sounders’ focus returns to CCL

The Sounders concluded work today for their CCL group-stage match with Olimpia of Honduras, 7 p.m. Wednesday at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle is off to a 0-0-1 start in Group F after a 1-1 draw at Vancouver, while this will be Olimpia’s opener.

The Sounders will likely used a reserve-heavy lineup in this match, which follows a 4-0 MLS win over Orlando on Sunday, and precedes a Saturday date at RSL. Schmid had earlier indicated that new midfielder Andreas Ivanschits might make his debut in this game, but he said today that Salt Lake now seems more likely.

Here’s more from Schmid:

On Olimpia) They’re a team that’s struggling now in league, but they’ve always historically been a very, very good team. They’ve got some players … Rojas, (Romell) Quioto... a couple of strikers that are very dangerous, a couple of young players that are coming along, an experienced national-team goalkeeper for a lot of years. One of the Palacios – there are a few Palacios in Honduras – but they’ve got one of them as a central defender: Johnny Palacios. They’ve got a good balanced squad with some good speed. ... There’s no team we can take lightly. But we have to do what we know we need to do as we continue to build our team up through the stretch that we’ve been in and make sure that we’re ready for this game tomorrow, and also that we’re ready for the game (at RSL) Saturday.

On Honduran soccer) Players from Honduras are athletically pretty good. That’s what they have that I think puts them ahead of maybe some teams like from El Salvador, from Guatemala, just because of their physical characteristics and qualities. Technically those teams are all pretty solid.

On the decision to include this game in Sounders season-ticket package) I think it’s a good thing. I think having our crowd there and supporting us is always very, very important. I know that it boosts our guys up. And I know for Olimpia it helps get the atmosphere that is positive for us and creates more issues for them, makes them think that they’re playing away: not only that they have to travel, but they can feel that they’re away because the crowd’s there.