MLS: The Seattle Sounders could meet Champions League winners Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup

Seattle Sounders could face Champions League winners Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup as the Major League Soccer side will become America’s FIRST team to compete in the tournament

  • The Seattle Sounders won the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League last year
  • This makes them the first Major League Soccer team to compete in the Club World Cup
  • Friday’s draw means the Sounders could face European heavyweights Real Madrid
  • The competition will be held in Morocco next month from February 1st to 11th

The Seattle Sounders could face a blockbuster showdown against European heavyweights Real Madrid after Friday’s Club World Cup draw.

The Sounders are the first Major League Soccer team to take part in the tournament, which sees a number of continental competition winners go head-to-head in a knockout format.

This year the competition will be held in Morocco and will start on February 1st and run until February 11th.

Seattle Sounders could face Real Madrid at the Club World Cup in Morocco next month

Seattle Sounders could face Real Madrid at the Club World Cup in Morocco next month

First, Seattle must defeat the winners of the opening round between Egyptian team Al Ahly and Auckland City of New Zealand to secure their place in the semifinals.

Sounders secured their place in the tournament after winning the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League title, where they beat Club Universidad Nacional of Mexico in the final.

South American champions Flamengo of Brazil start their semi-finals where they meet the winners of the second round between hosts and African champions Wydad Casablanca and Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal.

Four-time winners Real are the most successful team in the competition, while Oceania champions Auckland City set a record for the tenth time. Real beat Liverpool in the 2022 Champions League final and took part in this year’s Club World Cup.

Al Ahly has made the most appearances at the Club World Cup with 18 previous matches.

Real already reached the Club World Cup in May 2022 with a Champions League victory

Real already reached the Club World Cup in May 2022 with a Champions League victory

When the champions of every continent meet to crown the champion of the planet, the champion of the world, it is a special occasion and it will take place in a very special country and in a great football environment,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino said during Friday’s draw.

FIFA plans to expand the competition to 32 teams from 2025 but has given few details on how that will happen.

Seattle, meanwhile, is also gearing up for the start of the Major League Soccer season, which kicks off for them on February 26 against Colorado.

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