Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid believes the CONCACAF Champions League is the most prestigious competition for MLS clubs to play in.

Ahead of Wednesday's quarter-final first leg against Mexican club Santos Laguna, Schmid is targeting success in what will be the most difficult competition his side tries to win.

"It's the most prestigious cup any MLS team competes for," Schmid said.

"MLS Cup is certainly an important championship - you always want to win your country's championship - as is Supporters Shield, as is the US Open Cup.

"But if you can win the championship of your confederation, if you can be the champions of that group, if you can lay claim to the title that says, 'Hey, we're the best team from Canada all the way through Panama,' you know that's something that's pretty special and pretty unique."

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