Just keep it close. That was Sounders FC’s aim heading into Wednesday’s road leg of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Mexican-league leaders Tigres UANL.
So while Seattle suffered a 1-0 loss, and was clearly second-best at Estadio Universitario in Monterrey, Mexico, the Sounders still have a fighting chance in the aggregate-goals series heading into Tuesday’s finale at CenturyLink Field.
Tigres, after controlling nearly all of the game, scored the lone goal in the 74th minute when substitute Alan Pulido headed in a rebound after Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning stopped an open chance by Lucas Lobos.
Seattle’s lineup included the debut performance of Djimi Traore. Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, the team’s three-time MVP, played his first game of the season after being suspended for the MLS opener.