Sounders to Play Atlante FC in Cancun

The Sounders have hinted over the past couple of weeks that they will be traveling to Mexico to play in preparation for their upcoming CCL match up with Santos. Well today they have confirmed that they will be playing Alante FC in Cancun on February 22.

Press release below:

In preparation for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Santos Laguna, Sounders FC will travel to Cancun, Mexico to play Atlante FC on February 22. The style of play and atmosphere are two key factors in Seattle’s decision to travel south of the border, where they will return three weeks later for the second leg against Santos on March 14.

Atlante is tied with Tigres for second in the Mexican Clausura, three points behind leaders Santos. Atlante is currently 3-1-1 and is the league’s highest scoring team with nine goals through the first five matches.

Seattle has twice travelled to Mexico, both times visiting CF Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage. One of the biggest wins in club history came on August 23, 2011, when Seattle downed Monterrey, 1-0, at Estadio Tecnologico. In the previous trip to Mexico, Seattle lost, 3-2, to Monterrey after building a 2-nil lead.

Their preseason schedule for the rest of the month is posted below. I was able to grab this from this times article.

Monday, Feb. 13 — Training game vs. Orlando City SC, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 15 — Training game vs. Columbus Crew, 8 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16 — Training game vs. U-17 U.S. National Team, 7 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19 — Training game vs. University of Gulf Coast, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 20 — Travel to Orlando
Tuesday, Feb. 21 — Travel to Cancun, Mexico
Wednesday, Feb. 22 — Training game vs. Atlante FC, Cancun, Mexico, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 23 — Travel to Seattle

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