Clint Dempsey And Nicolas Lodeiro Could Be The Death Of Chivas

Matias Almeyda will need to lift his struggling Chivas team for a vital CCL quarterfinal against Seattle.

We now know the entire field for the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, and after confirming a matchup between MLS best Toronto FC and Liga MX champions Tigres, we now have confirmation of another tasty encounter between the leagues — MLS runners-up the Seattle Sounders and 2017 Clausura champions (but now tanking) Guadalajara.    

Seattle overturned a 2-1 deficit to El Salvador’s Santa Tecla FC after cruising to a 4-0 win at CenturyLink Field Thursday night. Will Bruin, Nicolas Lodeiro, Chad Marshall and new signing Magnus Wolff Eikrem scored the goals while Clint Dempsey provided two assists for the Sounders. 

The MLS club has previously come up against Club America, Tigres, Monterrey and Santos Laguna in this competition (with a record of 3W, 2D, 7L), but this’ll be the Sounders first competitive match against Chivas. Their only meeting in history was a 2010 friendly in Seattle, where 41,047 watched the Sounders post a 3-1 victory. 

The Sounders also historically whooped Chivas USA in MLS play, but I’m just kidding. I know that’s not very relevant (OR IS IT?!).

Chivas vs Sounders 2018 Champions League preview

Chivas USA and Obafemi Martins will not be playing. Photo: @leFootballfr | Twitter

For Chivas, a lot could change between the time you read this article and the completion of the Clasico Nacional on Saturday night. Guadalajara host America at the Estadio Akron with America sitting at the top of the Clausura table and undefeated after nine matches. Chivas, meanwhile, sit second to last — the worrying continuation of a trend that saw them finish 13th in the Apertura. 

Although manager Matias Almeyda delivered the club its 12th title just 10 months ago, he’s now well and truly standing in the shit. America’s attack could punish a decidedly suspect Chivas backline. 

Chivas vs Sounders 2018 Champions League preview

The Clasico Nacional goes down on Saturday night. Photo: @Chivas | Twitter

Seattle will also play this weekend with their home opener against expansion club Los Angeles FC falling on Sunday. 

The Sounders will then host Chivas on Wednesday in a historic meeting between two of North America’s best supported clubs. The return leg in Guadalajara will fall between March 13-15. 

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