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(Reuters) – It will be a clash of styles when the Seattle Sounders make their Club World Cup debut against Egypt’s Al Ahli in Tangier on Saturday.

The first US team to qualify for the global final of club soccer, the Sounders secured their place in the tournament after winning the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League title.

“These are different styles that collide and it’s going to be a style that we haven’t really faced before,” Frey told reporters Wednesday.

“Both teams will try to understand each other, but we have shown in the past that we can absorb pressure and be deadly on the counter.

Frey and defender Alex Roldan have only played two friendly games since the disappointing 2022 MLS campaign ended in October, but the team says they are physically ready to compete. rice field.

“The offseason was very important and the players were professional about it,” Frey said.

“From what I saw, I was very impressed. The guys were very sharp, very fit and hungry.

The team are taking one game at a time, but are fully aware that Saturday’s victory will be a semi-final showdown with Spanish giants Real Madrid.

“We definitely don’t overlook Al Ahly. They’re a very experienced team in this tournament, but if they can move forward, that would be great,” Frey said.

“It is a privilege and an honor for an MLS team to have the opportunity to play something meaningful against arguably the best team in the world.

“We feel it and we want to beat Al Earley so we can show our skills against such a huge opponent.”

(Reporting by Rory Carroll, Los Angeles; Editing by Toby Davis)

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