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The Concacaf Champions League has existed in its current format for 14 seasons. In each of the first 13 editions, the champion has come from Mexico.

On Wednesday night, the Seattle Sounders will have perhaps the best chance of any previous challenger to end Liga MX’s run of dominance.

The Sounders will host Pumas at Lumen Field in Seattle for the second leg of the competition’s final, having secured a priceless 2-2 draw in the first leg in Mexico City last week.

That result leaves Seattle poised to make history in front of an estimated crowd of nearly 70,000, which would break the single-game attendance record for the Concacaf  Champions League.

“This is going to be ecstasy or heartbreak,” Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey told the MLS Extratime podcast this week. “It’s immortality or confined to the dustbin of history.”

The Seattle Sounders' Nicolas Lodeiro celebrates his goal against Pumas during the first leg of the Concacaf CONCACAF Champions League final in Mexico City.

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A Major League Soccer side has reached the Concacaf Champions League final on four previous occasions. Each time, the team fell just short of winning the competition and securing the automatic berth in the FIFA Club World Cup that the champion receives. Most recently, Los Angeles FC fell 2-1 in a one-leg finale against Tigres in 2020.





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