This afternoon, Seattle Sounders vs Pumas UNAM will face each other in the UEFA Champions League, so it is important to compare, which is the most expensive squad?
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The question is one of the most important since the two clubs are very different both in their style of play and in the way they integrate their squads, so the comparison can help to understand how both will play tonight's match.
Which is the more expensive squad, Seattle Sounders or Pumas UNAM?
The answer to this question seems simple since the most expensive squad is that of the Seattle Sounders, which is worth US$50.6 million, while that of Pumas UNAM is barely US$29.3 million.
Even this is reflected when counting the most expensive teams in each league, be it MLS or Liga MX, as the two clubs have very different places in each top.
While the Sounders, led by Brian Schmetzer are one of the 4 most expensive clubs in Major League Soccer, the Universitarios is ranked 14th in such counts, and the difference between the two teams has to do with a very important factor: homegrown players.
Homegrown players: the big difference between Seattle Sounders and Pumas UNAM
Just by reviewing the homegrown players who play for the first team of each of tonight's contenders, it is easy to understand why there is such a huge difference between the rosters of one club and the other.
Pumas UNAM has eight homegrown players on their first team, while the Seattle Sounders have none on their main team, proving that having homegrown players can be an important factor in reducing costs and making the difference between one squad and the other.
But the difference is not only marked by the cost of each team, but also by the results, which can be seen in the performance of both clubs in their respective competitions.
While the Seattle Sounders are in 12th place in Major League Soccer and could in no way be candidates for the MLS Cup, Pumas UNAM is in 11th place in Liga MX, but has earned the opportunity to play in the playoffs.
And with that, they will be eligible to play in the Liguilla (Playoffs), which will put them in a better position than the Sounders in their tournament. And all this with a much smaller budget than their opponents in tonight's Concacaf Champions League final.