COLUMBUS OH - SEPTEMBER 18: Fredy Montero #17 of the Seattle Sounders attempts to gain control of the ball against the Columbus Crew on September 18 2010 at Crew Stadium in Columbus Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Match Day: Monterrey Come From Behind To Defeat Seattle Sounders 3-2 in CONCACAF Champions League

The Seattle Sounders are in Monterrey, Mexico, four their fourth match in the CONCACAF Champions League. Visit Sounder At Heart for further Sounders news, including a match day reference card and a game thread.

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Final: Monterrey 3-2 Seattle

It was much better when we didn’t have hope. For 71 minutes, this match was Seattle’s to lose. And lose it they did, in a true meltdown that saw Monterrey score two goals in two minutes before Terry Boss’s foul on Humberto Suazo led to the penalty that gave Monterrey the lead.

While Seattle’s players were the ones that lost focus, not all blame can rest upon them. The choices Sigi Schmid made in this match were interesting, to say the least. When a club is leading 2-0 over tough competition, making like-for-like substitutions is not the answer. While it’s not very fun to watch a team park the bus, in some situations it’s absolutely necessary.

Tonight was one of those situations. When Miguel Montaño came off the pitch, it should’ve been Jeff Parke that came on, not Sanna Nyassi. The Sounders were without their strong holding midfielders and their trusted center backs. This, tonight, this was the time to change up a formation and make a defensively minded change. Would it have saved the win? There’s no way of knowing, but it would have given the Sounders more of a chance.

It’s time now for the Sounders to concentrate on finding their way into the CCL next year, when they’ll have a bit of experience under their belts, and perhaps have a better idea of what to expect from the tournament. By beating Columbus Crew to win the Open Cup, Seattle will be in the CCL next season. By making the final of the MLS playoffs, Seattle will be in.

The Seattle Sounders are out of the CONCACAF Champions League. Time to let the reserves show us what they can do, in games that don’t mean anything, and field the strongest starting XI in an attempt to win silverware.


Goalflash: Monterrey 3-2 Sounders, Penalty Conversion

Humberto Suazo finds space inside the box, causing Terry Boss to panic and make a clumsy challenge over the protestations of Tyrone Marshall.

Monterrey have come back from a 2-0 deficit to take the lead.


Goalflash: Sounders 2-2 Monterrey

Two goals in two minutes and Monterrey has now equalized. Humberto Suazo gets his shot in this time.


Goalflash: Sounders 2-1 Monterrey

Humberto Suazo, subbed in just a few minutes earlier, fired a shot at Terry Boss, which Boss manages to save. Unfortunately, a defensive error by Zach Scott allowed a Monterrey shot into goal. Scott was caught unaware and left the Monterrey player onside.


GOALFLASH: Sounders 2-0 Monterrey

And it’s Mike Fucito again! Fucito finds space in front of the goal and hits a perfect ball into the back of the net. I’d give more description but I’m too busy doing a celebratory dance around the room.

Edit: A beautiful bit of back and forth between Alvaro Fernandez and David Estrada kept the ball out of Monterrey's clutches, before Fernandez passed to Nate Jaqua, who sent the ball in to Fucito.


GOALFLASH: Sounders 1-0 Monterrey

Mike Fucito swung a pass to Miguel Montaño, but a Monterrey defender got in the way. The ball bounced off the defender’s leg, catching keeper Orozco unaware. The Sounders are on the board in Mexico!

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