CCL: Sounders vs. Tigres (Your Running Commentary)

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The Seattle Sounders knew they had done a good job escaping from Mexico down just one goal against current Mexican League leaders UANL Tigres last week, but only now do they realize just how close that result has them from a historic result in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Tigres has decided to field a team made up largely of back-ups for tonight’s second leg at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel) and that decision could open the door for the Sounders to become the first MLS team to beat a Mexican team in the knockout rounds of the current version of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Tigres has opened the door for that possibility by sending a mostly reserve side to Seattle for tonight’s match. The lone unbeaten team in Mexico, Tigres scored a road win over the weekend and clearly don’t want to wear out their first team when the squad is in the midst of a race for first place.

The team sent by Tigres isn’t exactly a pushover. While it is filled with players who haven’t seen much playing time for the Mexican side, there is plenty of talent. Alan Pulido, the scorer of the Tigres goal in the first leg, will lead the attack, while veterans Manuel Viniegra and Elias Hernandez are also good talents. American defender Jonathan Bornstein is also with the Tigres squad and should play some part in the match.

Tigres has enough talent on their team to score a valuable away goal, which is something Seattle will have to be wary off because a road goal for Tigres would mean Seattle has to score three goals.

The Sounders struggled to finish chances in their MLS season-opening loss to Montreal, but they have the weapons to score in bunches, as they showed in their home leg playoff loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy last fall.

Seattle has a chance to make history tonight, and will have the support of what should be a strong home crowd to drive them, but Sigi Schmid will be careful to send the message that this Tigres side is still very capable of earning the necessary result tonight.


If you will be watching tonight’s match, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

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184 Responses to CCL: Sounders vs. Tigres (Your Running Commentary)

  1. Beast says:

    You listed Bornstein? Seattle may have a better chance to score.

    • DCU Fan inSocal says:

      Bottom line the Sounders were a much better team once Evans left…FACT!
      Martinez should start over Evans…period!
      You know how Klinsman has a hard on for Beckerman …I think
      Sigi has one for Evans…

  2. James says:

    I think that Bornstein has been warming the bench for a couple of years now. If he actually shows up in this CCL elimination match…I…just…don’t…know…what…that…says. The Sounders really need to win this game.

  3. PD says:

    Wow, Seattle, don’t pooch this.

  4. MFP says:

    Sending their reserve team is the great combination of being both cocky and ballsy. Guess they weren’t overly impressed by Seattle’s quality last week. Hope the Sounders make them pay for that.

  5. Edwin in LA says:

    That’s pretty risky…maybe Tigres didn’t like having to go down to San Luis on the road on Saturday and 3 days later having to play in Seattle a good 1700+ away from where they spend Saturday night playing a tough game…..if Tigres doesn’t have the likes of Torres, Lobos and Salcido as well as Luis Garcia……Sigi better use Zakuani on the right mid spot, Martinez on the left, then have Rosales play in front of Alonso and partner up EJ with either Estrada or Ochoa……

    • Travis says:

      Rosales is so much more comfortable on the right side than in the middle, frankly id rather run Martinez through the middle.

      • Edwin in LA says:

        So Martinez in the middle, Zakuani on the left and Rosales on the right??

        I just always pictured him more of a CAM #10….Center Attacking MId that is…..

        • Rory Miller says:

          You mentioned the CAM… Time for a purist to tell you there is no such thing and you’ve been playing video games too much.

          • Darwin says:

            Bwaaahh! This is true, and I’m always saying it.

          • Riggity says:

            …it only took 50 minutes for someone to jump on the CAM comment to make themselves appear like they know more about the beautiful game…You don’t play video games enough…

  6. Rex says:

    Remember the biggest difference between MLS and FMF isnt players 1-11 its 11-30.

  7. A says:

    No excuse for the Sounders to not win this match 3 or 4 to 0.

  8. steveo says:

    the worst possible scenario is Bornstein scoring the clinching goal-thereby twice destroying the American team’s chances versus a Mexican one…

  9. CH says:

    Let’s get this out of the way: I blame the referee

    • Dan says:

      I’ve found the officiating to be top notch in this round of play. The exception being the Mike Magee phantom offsides.

  10. Beast says:

    Not a foregone conclusion Seattle wins this game.

    • Brian says:

      100% agree.

      The tone of the article is too rosy and downplays the fact that Seattle is starting a goal down. Reserves or not, they have to win the match and do it in a way that doesn’t have Tigres advancing on away goals.

      I still put Seattle’s chances of advancing at less than 50%.

    • g-dub says:

      +2 Tigres is a good f-ing team. Unbeaten this season and best in MX. Even with reserves an extremely difficult task for the rave green

  11. Travis says:

    So I may have just laughed in my office at work when I read that Bornstein may play tonight, if he does I think we know where Seattle’s attack is headed.

  12. Wayne says:

    Away goals rule does not apply in CONCACAF…correct?

    • John F says:

      Incorrect. The away goals rule is the first tiebreaker. Seattle and LA are both in the hole on that score.

      • Edwin in LA says:

        LA has less of a worry seeing as a simple win will get them thru, and honestly with the way Herediano was playing LA will be much more comfortable and powerful at Home…..also Villareal will be available to give the team more width….

  13. Sean says:

    Siggi won’t have any excuses when they get beat by Tigres reserves.

  14. a says:


  15. Pete says:

    Bornstein to score for Tigres haha….

  16. Harry S says:

    Is this televised

  17. Chris says:

    And the central defensive midfielder is….BORNSTEIN.

  18. K says:

    Dunseth is the worst American commentator.

    He talks way too much and says nothing.

    • Old School says:

      His voice is the most annoying in professional sports.

      Has the man gone through puberty?

    • atd says:

      TT is worse. And Harkes was the gold standard in crappy color commentary.

    • A says:

      John Harkes man… John Harkes.

      • Rob Stone says:

        I really wanted an audio channel that would only broadcast the crowd noise, both tonight and last week. If it was a drinking game based on stupid facts and inane probabilities, I would have blacked out before the halfway mark.

  19. A says:

    Getting burned by Bornstein must stink.

  20. A says:

    And there’s the trademark officiating we’ve grown to love.

    Eddie Johnson yellow carded in the run up to a free kick for being in a mess of people.

  21. A says:

    Dude, Ochoa, you’re not getting any easier a chance than that. Wow.

  22. Beast says:

    Wouldn’t be shocked if Seattle blows this game, not fluid enough with their passing. Need to correct that. The long ball MLS style won’t cut it.

  23. Travis says:

    Wow that is called a foul everytime, good job CL refs, youre the greatest

  24. Beast says:

    Punished already.

  25. A says:

    GG CONCACAF officiating.

    G f’n G.

    That’s a yellow card in some leagues.

  26. Old School says:

    Evans subbed out already, going down a goal at home.

    Is this Rose kid like for like or is he an attacker/attacking midfielder?

  27. CH says:

    Are you serious ref? Call something !!!!! You can’t let them score on us like that.
    We are Seattle for God’s sake.

    • A says:

      You don’t think that was a foul?

      I hate Seattle, but come on.

      He turned away from the path of the ball and body checked the defender at full sprint. That’s a foul 100 out of 100 times.

      • CH says:

        Shoulder to shoulder. That’s not a foul anywhere in the world.

        • A says:

          That was not shoulder to shoulder. Shoulder to shoulder requires both players be going toward the ball and fighting for it. The Tigres player clearly comes in at an angle toward the player and not the ball and bowls right over him.

  28. martin says:

    MLS should just give up and not compete in CCL like Jamaica.

  29. ed - houston says:

    Seattle playing long ball for the first 20 minutes, not good, have to keep possesion. Evans sucks. Seattle need 3 goals now, sucks but i don’t see it happening.

  30. Jay says:

    What we are seeing now is that a good MLS team is slightly better then a Mexican teams backups but not on par with the starters. Seattle just isn’t that much more talented then the bench of Tigres. It doesn’t help that Seattle is stinking it up either.

    • atd says:

      Let’s not get carried away. This is the best team in Mexico, in mid-season form, against like the 6-7th best team in MLS, essentially in pre-season form. Maybe MLS should still be showing better, but this is by no means an even fight.

      Interesting about the backups. I think the thing people don’t realize is, a decent payroll helps more in terms of depth than anywhere else. Players 1-7, MLS matches up very well with most FMF teams; 8-14, a little worse; 15-23, no contest. (Tigres’s backup LB is a World Cup vet, for heaven’s sake.) As long as the payroll disparity keeps up, you can expect FMF squad players from top teams to be competitive with MLS starters.

  31. Beast says:

    Overall skill level of MLS starters not good enough to possess the ball agianst Mexican backup/reserve players.

  32. el paso tx says:

    I told ya mls fans, sigi will be out this season. The only team with major skills is galaxy

  33. Beast says:

    Sigi looking lost on the bench ROFL

  34. martin says:

    MLS should scout the Mexican reserve league for talent.

  35. HoBo says:

    Eddie wtf! Come on

  36. A says:

    Would any MLS team finish in the top half of the Liga MX table? Serious question.

    • Beast says:

      Maybe the G’s, if they play to their max potential, they’d only be good for 6th.

    • Jay says:

      Yes but at the bottom of the half. Its about depth MLS teams have zero depth that’s what kills them. A MLS team could never have injuries just to stay competitive. MLS is improving but money talks and MLS isn’t ready to yet.

      • A says:

        I don’t even know man.

        Before we even think about depth… Tigres’ reserve squad is taking apart Sounders first squad.

        • Jay says:

          Lol because Tigres reserves are better then most MLS starting teams or as good. Its just a tough go against teams with deeper pockets and deeper teams. MLS is getting better each year and if they expand the DP rule and bump up the salary cap we will see things improve even faster.

  37. HoBo says:

    No mls team can beat a Latin ref, lol

    And Seattle defense sucks

  38. Beast says:

    Now the traditional Mexican time wasting begins, break Seattle’s rythm.

  39. Travis says:

    Seattle has nobody to blame for this result but themselves. They have wasted about 5 legitimate goal scoring chances, EJ is just not doing it

    • A says:

      He should have at least 2 goals already. And that’s like for sure two goals–not oh it was a decent chance 2 goals.

    • Beast says:

      If Seattle cannot finish off the reserves of a Mexican team with their starters, they might as well have quit. Now Tigres has 10 men, make it count.

  40. HoBo says:

    Red card…booya

  41. A says:

    Referee looked furious. What did that guy do off camera?

  42. HoBo says:

    Seattle just not making it happen, maybe another red card will be coming tigers way :)

  43. A says:

    I guess it’s not too surprising. Most of the Tigres reserve squad probably pull down a higher salary than the Seattle starting line up–or any MLS starting line up for that matter.

    Looking at a few Liga MX salaries I can actually find tells me that most of their payrolls probably hover around 20-30 million a year for the first squad of 24.

  44. martin says:

    Too late for Seattle. Glad they won’t be in CCL next tournament.

  45. 2tone says:

    I think this Seattle team is a 500 hundred team this year in MLS. Plenty of teams have upgraded in MLS while Seattle hasn’t.

  46. martin says:

    Tuca: hijo de su pinche madre!

  47. A says:

    Sounders should definitely be down a man for that. I wouldn’t be shocked by a suspension.

    There’s no need for that kind of play. Looks like he punches the Tigres player in the neck on top of a pretty blatant cheap shot after the ball is gone.

  48. Bostitch says:

    That was a red on Alonso.

  49. martin says:

    Mauro Rosales’ failed throw-in is a microcosm of MLS in CCL.

  50. Beast says:

    Sigi chewing his scarf. ROFL

  51. martin says:

    Still need 2 more. Won’t get them.

  52. A says:

    Better to be lucky than good apparently. Ha.

  53. atd says:

    DeAndre Yedlin gives; DeAndre Yedlin taketh away.

  54. Beast says:

    Seattle fortunate it is 10 vs 11, couldn’t compete 11 vs 11.

  55. RB says:

    Starting to look like escaping the first leg down just 1-0 WAS in fact a good result for Seattle…

  56. Jay says:

    Ok dam that was filthy lol

  57. Eric says:

    Mother of God

  58. A says:

    Goal of the year in the Champions League. There’s nothing that can top that.

  59. atd says:

    I hope you all won’t lose sight of the fact that MLS is a crap league and the Sounders are getting run off the pitch, just because the tie is now level.

    • HoBo says:

      Go away and play house or what ever you do

      • A says:

        He’s not wrong though.

        Two wonder strikes don’t really negate the straight domination (in the first half at least). Second half has been another story.

        • drew11 says:

          He is wrong tho. That was trash keeping by the Mexican. Gspuring OTOH has been brilliant. How is that getting “run off the pitch”?

          • atd says:

            Again, the post was wholly sarcastic. Many of the people above were talking as if the game was going to be scored by possession rather than goals. Talking all about how MLS teams couldn’t compete with larger-payroll FMF teams. . . . I was just pointing out what a bunch of crap analysis that was.

    • Dinho says:


    • atd says:

      Just saying.

      • Riggity says:

        That’s good that you can “say” that, now enjoy your crow and post about how the Sounders couldn’t do it without Tigres being down a man. How’s that taste? Probably a little bitter huh? Enjoy

        • atd says:

          The original post was meant to be completely sarcastic….

          • Riggity says:

            Judging by the number of people who responded in a similar manner to myself I think it’s safe to say that was hard to pick up. However, your point about how everyone was crushing the MLS teams in comparison to the FMF teams makes it a little more conceivable that you were being sarcastic. I’m not even a fan of any MLS club but when I read it I felt compelled to respond.

            • atd says:

              That’s fine, you can think whatever you want. The point was, people were saying MLS starters are only barely on par with Tigres’s reserves, no MLS team would finish in the top half in Liga MX, etc. I think they were getting carried away. Seattle got the result they needed in Nuevo Leon and came back and executed a 90 minute gameplan in Seattle. Yes, they caught a break with the red card. But they played to their advantages, and by the second half they were clearly the better side.

  60. Nick4235 says:

    1st goal:
    “Oh wow. Great goal!”

    2nd Goal:
    “Ahhhhhh!!” *Deap Breath* “Ahhhhhhhhh!!!”

  61. Jay says:

    Dam lol

    • Jay says:

      By the way the guys doing the game on Galavision are making this game sound like a world cup final.

  62. A says:

    This game is ending way better than it started. Way, way better.

  63. Riggity says:

    Yedlin looks amazing the last 15 mins

  64. HoBo says:

    Leo Gonzalez just crap tonight, too many mistakes

  65. A says:

    THis is the second match I’ve seen of Yedlin and my only question is HOW IN THE F%$%$ IS THIS KID NOT IN OUR YOUTH SYSTEM?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    How has this kid never been capped at any level?!?!

    • Riggity says:

      Lol I agree, I can’t wait to see him at the u20 world cup. Imagine him next to Brooks back there…wishful thinking but it would be a must see

  66. Riggity says:

    And Eddie Johnson just earned himself a call up wowza

  67. A says:

    OMFG THEY DID IT!?!?!?!?!


  68. Jay says:

    There it is and he scores on his hardest shot to make lol

  69. Ben says:

    If they’re so dominant, why do they need to start delaying the game in the first half? Chivas de Los Angeles was guilty (and uncarded) for this all day Sunday. Just desserts for an unfit and unatheltic team who thought they could roll out an A-/B+ team against the Sounders because they’re just out of pre-season…

  70. dutchtwista says:

    EJ just said O HAI H8RZ! w that strike.
    Great goal, also a veteran post-celebratory move to tell team to stay calm and play out the last 15mins

  71. Michael says:

    Wow – after seeing Seattle go 10,000 or so minutes without scoring, I didn’t think they could do it. Impressive second half.

  72. Nick4235 says:

    Now keep pushing dont sit back because even if this is Tigres B team there is still quality in that team. No stupid risks tho. Come on Sounders!! (New England fan)

    Oh and Zakuani is some player. Really impressive.

  73. Horrible, racist, bigoted Jeremy says:

    Wow, wow, wow. Those first two Seattle goals were gorgeous. EJ’s was nice too, but those two could both be goal of the week for all of CONCACAF.

  74. Falsify says:

    Great goal from Johnson. From and SKC fan I’m proud of Seattle .

  75. Jay says:

    All Seattle has to do is stay aggressive. They are up a man there is no reason to go into a full shell they are asking for trouble trying to soak up pressure even up a man.

  76. AL says:

    Since Sigi is around people working out all the time you’d think he’ll jump in every now and then
    Dude is a heart attack waiting to happen.

  77. A says:

    Tigres players are having a difficult time coping with the sheer athleticism and fitness of Seattle. You can tell which of these teams is putting in 90 minute game shifts on the regular and which is only doing so in practice.

  78. Ben says:

    That said…Seattle really needs to put this game on ice.

  79. MemRook says:

    Does anyone have links already to any highlights to this seemingly orgasmic game??? Twitter and SBI are exploding all over themselves and I wanna join the party big time.

  80. Jay says:

    And man of the match is Yedlin he was all over the field

  81. Nick4235 says:


  82. A says:

    I need to go smoke a cigarette after that.

  83. Kosh says:


    What a game that was!


  84. Tony in Quakeland says:


  85. Gnarls says:

    Congrats, Seattle. That was a hard-fought, well-earned win. And all three Seattle goals were easy on the eyes to boot.

  86. Leo says:

    Wow, those were some great second legs by Barca, Galatasaray and SSFC. Really glad I worked from home today of all days.

  87. Travis says:

    Im noticing that some of the Seattle haters seemed to disappear as this chat went on. If you are a true fan of MLS you’ll be happy for Seattle to have made it to the semis and hope for Houston and LA to do the same.

  88. A says:

    I am driving the DeAndre Yedlin bandwagon. After his all-MLS performance and this match we can no longer ignore him.

    He is speedy. He looks like Neymar. He plays like Neymar. American Neymar!

  89. atd says:

    Damn that was satisfying. Now on to TorreĆ³n!

  90. g-dub says:

    MLS for CONCACAF in 2013!! For once can we please defeat FMF.

  91. g-dub says:


    1. Hooray. But the referee screwed Tigres. Karma maybe?
    2. Seattle was better after Rosales and Evans were subbed off for guys with sacks.
    3. Tigres are the better team, but that’s why you play the game
    4. Don Garber exhibit A. for giving MLS teams the bye week

    • Horrible, racist, bigoted Jeremy says:

      How did he screw Tigres? Were the yellow cards not both legitimate? What about Yedlin being pushed down when beat for the goal? Sometimes that gets called and sometimes not, but it was clear that his arm extended as Yedlin fell so he pushed off with his arm and it was not a simple shoulder to shoulder battle.

  92. Neruda says:

    Yedlin is a real USMNT talent. If he isn’t on the U-20 WC team I’ll be shocked. He’s a future USMNT full team starter if he keeps this up.

    Also Seattle never looked dangerous on corners and attacking side free kicks. Who can serve up a quality dead ball on this team besides Rosales? Don’t tell me Alonso who had at least six corners since I tuned in the second half and not one of them was close.

  93. 2tone says:

    If Seattle can play like that then they will have a good MLS campaign. I still think Evans should be nowhere near the starting 11 for Seattle. And how he made it to a USMNT starting 11 is beyond me.