Sounders FC Hosts Liga MX Side Santos Laguna in the Leagues Cup Semifinals
SEATTLE, WASH. - Sounders FC welcomes Liga MX side Santos Laguna to Lumen Field Tuesday evening for the 2021 Leagues Cup Semifinals (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN2, TUDN, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM). Seattle is the lone remaining MLS team in Leagues Cup, the official annual single-elimination tournament that features clubs from MLS and Liga MX, Mexico's topflight league. Media resources for tonight's match are available below, including soundbytes from Sounders FC Head Coach Brian Schmetzer, defender Xavier Arreaga and midfielder Cristian Roldan.
The Rave Green are 5-8-2 all-time against Liga MX sides. On August 23, 2011, the club's 1-0 win over Monterrey marked just the second time an MLS side won a match in Mexico. Sounders FC became the first MLS team to eliminate a Mexican club in the Knockout Stage after advancing past Tigres in the quarterfinals of the 2012-2013 tournament, featuring a 3-1 second-leg win with memorable goals from DeAndre Yedlin and Djimi Traore. Sounders FC has also faced off with Liga MX giants Club América, Chivas de Guadalajara and Santos Laguna in Champions League action, in addition to international friendly matches against Chivas, Club Tijuana and Club Necaxa.
In addition to Seattle and Santos Laguna, Léon and Pumas UNAM face off tomorrow in the second semifinal match at 7:30 p.m. PT from BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Leagues Cup Final will take place next week on Wednesday, September 22 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas at 7:00 p.m. PT.
Following Tuesday's action, Sounders FC hits the road this weekend to face Real Salt Lake on Saturday, September 18 at Rio Tinto Stadium (6:30 p.m. PT / JOEtv, Prime Video, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM).
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