By IVES GALARCEP
The Seattle Sounders are off to a winless first month of the Major League Soccer season, but they have a chance to give their season a much more positive vibe with a win against Mexican powerhouse Santos Laguna in their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series, which kicks off tonight at CenturyLink Field (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
Santos Laguna will look to duplicate the knockout round success they enjoyed against Seattle last year, when they eliminated the Sounders after a home blowout in Torreon. Herculez Gomez, Darwin Quintero and Oribe Peralta lead a dangerous Santos attack that could wreak havoc on Seattle’s suspect defense.
The Sounders will be looking to get their attack going, with Sigi Schmid turning to some new faces in the first leg tonight. Eddie Johnson, Mauro Rosales and Steve Zakuani are on the bench tonight, while Sammy Ochoa leads the line in a 4-2-3-1 that will also feature the Sounders debut of Shalrie Joseph.
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Enjoy the action (Tonight’s Match Commentary is after the jump):