TUKWILA, Wash. – Two months removed from their MLS Cup defeat to Toronto FC, it’s time to get back to work for the Seattle Sounders. The first step? CONCACAF Champions League, where Seattle are set to get their 2018 campaign underway next Thursday in the road leg of their series with Santa Tecla of the Salvadoran Primera Division.
“I expect a lot of my family members to be at the game; hopefully I can get as many tickets as possible,” said Cristian. “It’s going to be a pretty surreal feeling for them, I think, and for myself. I’ll be playing in my mom’s native country and it’s pretty awesome to see. I think there’s going to be a lot of emotions on my side of the family.
Added Alex: “It’s been a while since we’ve been there, but we have great memories with family. It’s a very soccer-centric place. Every time we’ve gone, we’ve made great memories.”
Cristian, who was heavily courted by the Salvadoran national team before deciding to play for the United States, also said that his time spent in El Salvador gives him a degree of insight as to what the Sounders can expect from their upcoming CCL opposition. While the Salvadoran league might not be at the level of some of the others in CONCACAF, he said, El Salvador is a soccer-mad country where the sport is growing all the time.