Fútbol Club Motagua: Who are Seattle’s CONCACAF opponents?

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The Major League Soccer season might not start until the end of February, but for some teams their campaigns are starting a bit earlier. The Seattle Sounders are one of the teams that fall into this category – they have a draw in the CONCACAF Champions League (as do NYCFC, Montreal, Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution, it must be said). Let’s take a look at their Round of 16 opponents, Fútbol Club Motagua.

Fútbol Club Motagua: Who are Seattle’s CONCACAF opponents?

Who are FC Motagua?

The CONCACAF Champions League is always a fascinating competition, especially for an English MLS fan like me.

Central American teams are ones I often haven’t heard much about before, and I love being able to research new teams that MLS franchises come up against.

The Sounders drew Fútbol Club Motagua of Honduras in their draw, with the first leg to be played in Honduras at the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino in Tegucigalpa – the capital of Honduras.

Motagua plays in the Liga Nacional – the highest professional league in Honduras. The ten-team league is divided into “opening” and “closing” competitions in the fall and spring respectively.

Motagua were formed in 1928 and their main rivals are Olimpia (who have also played in this competition on several occasions).

Their manager is Diego Vasquezand the Argentine has been in charge there since 2013 – earning a nomination for COTY in the 2018 CONCACAF awards.

To monitor

Who should the Sounders be wary of? Well, a lot of the members of Motagua’s squad are from Honduras but they will have to be on their guard against Roberto Moreira, the Paraguayan striker who has been playing for Motagua since 2018. He has scored 50 goals in 110 appearances , nearly a goal every other game – which is an impressive record.

Their captain is their goalkeeper – Jonathan Felipe Rougier – who has over 150 appearances for the club since 2017.

Their new signature Angel Tejada is well traveled in the Honduran league but scored 16 goals in 35 games last campaign for Vida, so he will also be a threat if he lines up against the Sounders.

The atmosphere will certainly be hostile and intimidating for the Sounders players in two weeks time – and it will be interesting to see how they deal with the pressure Motagua will put on them from the start in Tegucigalpa on February 17.

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