Seattle Sounders learn FIFA Club World Cup Draw fate

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema reacts after he scored during penalty shootout during a semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup between Real Madrid and Valencia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema reacts after he scored during penalty shootout during a semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup between Real Madrid and Valencia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.
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The Draw for the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup (FCWC) in Morocco was held on Friday in which 2022 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League winners Seattle Sounders FC learned which potential opponents they could face in the tournament.

According to CONCACAF, the Sounders will begin the FCWC in the Second Round on Feb. 4 and have been drawn with the winner of the First-Round match between 2021-22 Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Champions League winners Al Ahly of Egypt and 2022 Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) champions Auckland City of New Zealand.

“Should the Sounders emerge victorious in their Second-Round contest, they will advance to the Semifinals where they will face 14-time European champions Real Madrid of Spain, who lifted the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League trophy,” CONCACAF said.

“While Seattle will be making their FCWC debut as the first ever team from Major League Soccer and the United States to participate in the tournament, the Sounders’ two potential Second Round opponents have ample FCWC between them,” it added.

CONCACAF said Al Ahly are making their eighth appearance in the FCWC and have finished in Third Place on three different occasions (2006, 2020, 2021). Al Ahly defeated Mexican side Club America in the 2006 Third Place Match, 2-1.

Auckland City will be making their 10th appearance at a FCWC and their first since 2017. In 2014, the New Zealand side had its best finish when it finished third after topping 2013-14 SCCL winners Cruz Azul 4-2 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw in the Third-Place Match, CONCACAF said.

In previous editions of the FCWC, CONCACAF said its clubs have fared very well against opposition from the CAF and OFC, with a 6W-1D-5L record against CAF clubs and 3W-1D-0L versus OFC opposition.

Fixtures

All kick-off times local

Match 1 Al Ahly v Auckland City Tangier, 20:00 on Feb.1

Match 2 Seattle Sounders v Al Ahly or Auckland City Tangier, 18:30 on Feb. 4

Match 3 Wydad v Al Hilal Rabat, 15:30 on Feb. 4

Match 4 Flamengo v Wydad or Al Hilal Tangier, 20:00 on Feb. 7

Match 5 Seattle Sounders, Al Ahly or Auckland City v Real Madrid Rabat, 20:00 on Feb. 8

Match 6 Third-place play-off Rabat, 16:30 on Feb. 11

Match 7 Final Rabat, 20:00 on Feb. 11

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