The Seattle Sounders could not complete the MLS sweep of Liga MX opposition in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League this week, as they lost 3-0 to Chivas de Guadalajara on Wednesday at Estadio Akron, failing to reach the semifinal round after losing the series 3-1 on aggregate.
After going ahead 1-0 in the first leg at home last week, Seattle struggled mightily to keep pace with Chivas in the return leg, finishing with just over 30 percent possession and just over 50 percent pass completion rate. The Sounders had to use two substitutions in the first half for injuries, as Will Bruin and Chad Marshall each took knocks to the head and were replaced by Lamar Neagle and Kim Kee-Hee, respectively.
Chivas found their breakthrough five minutes after the break, as Oswaldo Alanis' free kick beat Stefan Frei inside the far post to make it 1-0. Five minutes later, Eduardo Lopez scored the go-ahead goal, receiving a throughball up top, looping the ball over Frei and heading into an empty net. Jose Godinez added the capper in the final 10 minutes with a backheel flick that beat Frei once more.
- 50' - CHV - Oswaldo Alanis
- 55' - CHV - Eduardo Lopez
- 80' - CHV - Jose Godinez
Moment of the Match
: Alanis' free kick opened the dam and gave Chivas the goal they had earned up to that point. It truly was a sweet strike.
- Seattle: Sunday, Mar. 18, at FC Dallas (5 pm ET | MLS Live)