MLS Soccer

Sounders add midfielder ahead of Champions League

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS VS. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

7 p.m. Wednesday; BC Place, Vancouver, B.C.

TV: Fox Sports 1. RADIO: 97.3 FM

HEAD TO HEAD: Vancouver leads the MLS series 5-4-4 overall. The teams are 2-2-1 in Vancouver. They also have split two meetings this season: the Sounders winning 2-0 on May 16 at BC Place and the Whitecaps winning 3-0 on Saturday in Seattle. The teams meet again in CCL play Sept. 23 in Seattle. They conclude their 2015 MLS series Sept. 19 in Vancouver.

NOTES: CONCACAF Champions League is the club championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. This is the CCL opener for both teams. … The Sounders and Whitecaps share Group F with Olimpia of Honduras. The three clubs will play each other home and away. Three points are awarded for a win, one point for a draw. The top finisher in each of the eight groups advances to the knockout rounds. … This is the only group with two MLS teams. Vancouver is 12-8-3 in league play. Seattle is 10-11-2. … The Sounders are expected to use a mixed lineup, resting some players who went long minutes over the weekend. Forward Obafemi Martins (leg) and midfielders Osvaldo Alonso (leg) and Marco Pappa (league substance-abuse program) are out. … Seattle’s remaining CCL games are Aug. 19 vs. Olimpia at CenturyLink Field, Aug. 26 at Olimpia and the Sept. 23 date vs. the Whitecaps at CenturyLink Field.

QUOTE: “I believe the Sounders have the potential to win the CONCACAF. Maybe right now we are not in the best moment to show that, but we will try to.” — Seattle midfielder Gonzalo Pineda.

NEXT: The Sounders return to MLS play at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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