CCL Preview: Sounders host America; D.C. United travels to Queretaro

CCL Preview: Sounders host America; D.C. United travels to Queretaro

CONCACAF Champions League

CCL Preview: Sounders host America; D.C. United travels to Queretaro

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There are less than two weeks until the start of the 2016 MLS regular season, but some clubs will be in action on Tuesday as the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals kick off.

D.C. United travels to Mexico to take on Querétaro at Estadio Corregidora, before the Seattle Sounders host Liga MX side Club America from CenturyLink Field.

D.C. United comes into the knockout stage after winning Group H, while the Sounders topped Group F by beating out Honduran club Olimpia and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Here’s a closer look at Tuesday’s CCL action:

QUERÉTARO vs. D.C. UNITED (Tuesday, 8 p.m., FOX Sports 1) 

After a disappointing end to the 2015 MLS season, D.C. United looks to kick off this year with progression to the semifinals against Querétaro.

Currently 13th on the Liga MX table, Querétaro comes into the match against D.C. United on the heels of a 2-2 tie in league play on Friday vs. Tigres UNAL.

Despite some turnover in the team and an injury to goalkeeper Bill Hamid, D.C. United boasts an experienced roster that can certainly challenge its Mexican opposition. D.C. United will be hoping to advance to the semifinals after falling, 6-4, on aggregate to Alajuelense in last year’s competition.

The two sides will meet for the second leg on March 1 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS vs. CLUB AMERICA (Tuesday, 10 p.m., FOX Sports 1)

After exiting the 2015 MLS playoffs in dramatic fashion, the Seattle Sounders have revamped an already talented lineup, as the team prepares for stiff competition in the Champions League quarterfinals.

With only one loss in its first seven matches, Club America will prove to be a difficult opponent for Sigi Schmid’s Sounders side. Mexico national team striker Oribe Peralta leads America with four goals thus far in Clausura matches this season, while Osvaldo Martinez has provided four assists.

America won the 2014-15 CCL title, defeating the Montreal Impact, 5-3, on aggregate.

Although star forward Obafemi Martins has since left Seattle for Chinese side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, the addition of Homegrown player Jordan Morris will aid the Sounders’ chances of moving forward.

The Sounders will head to Estadio Azteca on March 2 to take on Club America for the second leg.

What CCL matchup are you most excited for? Who do you think will win Tuesday’s games?

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