CARSON CA - AUGUST 14: Sanna Nyassi #23 of Seattle Sounders FC controls the ball on the attack against Ante Jazic #6 of Chivas USA in the second half of their MLS match at The Home Depot Center on August 14 2010 in Carson California. Sounders FC and Chivas USA played to a 0-0 draw. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Monterrey Defeats Sounders 2-0 In CONCACAF Champions League Group C

Seattle Sounders fall to Mexican side Monterrey in their second game in CONCACAF Group C.

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Final: Monterrey 2-0 Seattle

Chance would be a fine thing?

No, the second half of the second half was full of chance after chance for Seattle, but the Sounders just couldn’t put the ball in the net.

Sigi Schmid made some choices that are interesting, to say the least, to those of us without the benefit of knowing exactly what is going on in the locker room and on field level. Nate Jaqua replaced Blaise Nkufo, who’d been one of the better players in the first half. Mike Seamon took the place of Nate Sturgis, which made a slight amount of sense, but the team would’ve benefited from having them both on the field and shifting Alvaro Fernandez up to play alongside Nkufo and Montero. Instead, minutes later Schmid took off El Flaco in favor of…wait for it…Roger Levesque.

Monterrey played a 4-3-3 formation that meant that the Sounders were almost instantly closed down the moment the ball went to the midfield. Even when the Sounders came close to goal, Monterrey had slowed the pace of the game enough to have plenty of men in front of their goal to stop Seattle.

The one time Seattle got the ball in the net, off a header by Jaqua, the linesman ruled the goal offside. Such was the luck of the night for the Sounders.

For the eternal optimists, if Seattle wins against the Fire on Saturday, we almost certainly have an MLS playoff spot. As for me, I’m going back to being a cynic. at least the disappointment doesn’t hurt as badly then.


Goalflash: Monterrey 1-0 Sounders

The entirety of the Sounders back line pushed way too far up the pitch, allowing Neri Cardozo plenty of space. Kasey Keller charged forward to meet him, but Cardozo simply went around and put the ball in the net.

Foolish play by Seattle.

Monterrey have earned two yellows thus far.


FSC Have Once Again Shown Complete Disregard For Soccer Supporters

The most popular soccer channel in the United States have failed once again—this is twice in three matches in which Sounders fans, and CONCACAF fans in general, have been denied the opportunity to watch a game live. However, FSC continues to display the “live” logo at the top of the screen, even when the match is more than 15 minutes behind.

I understand that the Cruz Azul-Real Salt Lake game went long due to the giant lake in the middle of the pitch. But there is no reason, none whatsoever, to insist upon showing a post-game show, and a pre-game of Seattle. Show a little clip that says “We join this program in progress” and give us the game on time.

Until then, I will be watching real-live on Telefutura. If you don’t have it, catch the action live, for free, on

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