With a chance to join the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC in the Concacaf Champions League semifinals the Seattle Sounders came up small Wednesday night with a 3-0 loss to Chivas in Guadalajara.
The Sounders came into this second leg with a 1-0 lead but minus playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro. The bad news continued for Seattle when striker Will Bruin lasted just 8 minutes before he was sidelined with an injury. Center back Chad Marshall was then felled in the 35th minute following a clash of heads, forcing the Seattle captain out of the match with a with a badly swollen eye.
Seattle managed to make it to the break level at 0-0 on the evening and hanging on to that slim 1-0 aggregate lead but a pair of Chivas goals five minutes apart were as inevitable as they were deadly to the Sounders hopes.
First Oswaldo Alanís beat Stefan Frei with an impeccably placed free kick in the 50th and when Javier López added a second goal just five minutes later there seemed to be no way back for a Sounders side that was being badly outplayed by the home team.
José de Jesús Godínez made Seattle’s exit from the CCL all but official with a third Chivas goal in the 80th minute. In the evening’s other quarterfinal match Mexico’s Club America travel to Panama City with a 4-0 lead and had little trouble with Tauro, advancing with a 7-1 aggregate score after last night’s 3-1 victory.
It was quite a let down for MLS fans one night after the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC had flown the league’s flag proudly in securing Concacaf Champions League semifinals berths.
New York earned its spot by completing a two-game sweep of Club Tijuana, adding Tuesday’s 3-1 home win to a 2-0 road victory. TFC opted for a slightly more dramatic route versus Tigres UNAL, barely hanging on to lose 3-2 on the night in Monterrey, to draw 4-4 overall and advance to the semifinals thanks to the away goals rule.
The Reds got on the board first through an own goal in the 64th minute but that the lead would last just five minutes when it was erased by Tigres’ Chilean international Eduardo Vargas.
Sebastian Giovinco answered with yet another free kick goal to boost the visitor’s hopes. But Tigres were not done yet, adding goals from French international Andre-Pierre Gignac in the 84th minute and then in added time from the penalty spot.
Toronto managed to hang on to join the Red Bulls in the CCL semifinal where they will face Club America. New York takes on Chivas Guadalajara with both opening games taking place on April 3rd in Guadalajara and Toronto with the reverse fixture being held on April 10th.
The final is also played on a two-leg basis, beginning on April 17 and wrapping up on April 24th.