The Seattle Sounders will open their 2018 MLS regular season on March 4th at 2:00 p.m. PT when they host expansion side Los Angeles FC on the Xbox Pitch at Century Link Field Major League Soccer announced Tuesday afternoon.
The Sounders will become visitor on Sunday, April 29th when they travel to LA and participate in the first-ever match at new Banc of California Stadium.
Seattle previously advanced out of the SCCL Group Stage in the 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2015-2016 tournaments. In 2012-2013, Sounders FC became the first MLS team to oust a Mexican side from the tournament when it advanced past Tigres UANL in the Quarterfinal Round.
Santa Tecla FC qualified for the 2018 SCCL after winning the Salvadoran Primera División 2016 Apertura and 2017 Clausura championships. This marks the second SCCL appearance for Santa Tecla FC after failing to advance out of the Group Stage of the 2015-2016 tournament. Should Sounders FC advance to the Quarterfinals, Seattle would face the winner of Mexican giant Chivas de Guadalajara and Dominican side Cibao.