The Seattle Sounders gave themselves a glimmer of hope late in the first half, but it was brief and they eventually fell, 3-1, to Club America on Wednesday night to lose, 5-3, on aggregate in their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals series.
Having tied 2-2 in the first leg at home last week, the Sounders jumped out in front at the Estadio Azteca in the 41st minute when an Osvaldo Alonso cross intended for Nelson Haedo Valdez ricocheted off a falling Pablo Aguilar before trickling over the goal line. The lead was quickly erased, as Darwin Quintero nicked a neat equalizing header seconds later via a feed from Rubens Sambueza.
Oribe Peralta then gave the Liga MX side the go-ahead goal in the match with a nodded effort off another Sambueza cross a minute into first-half stoppage time. Andres Andrade capped the scoring in the 50th minute, one-timing a shot home following a low cross from Paul Aguilar.
The defeat eliminated the Sounders, who open their 2016 MLS season on Sunday.
- 41' -- SEA -- Pablo Aguilar (Own Goal)
- 42' -- CA -- Darwin Quintero (Rubens Sambueza)
- 45+1' -- CA -- Oribe Peralta (Rubens Sambueza)
- 50' -- CA -- Andres Andrade (Paul Aguilar)
- Full box score
- POOR TRAVELERS: The Sounders' loss to Club America saw the MLS outfit extend its winless streak on the road in the competition to five matches. Seattle are 0-3-2 in that stretch.
- ANEMIC UP FRONT: Sigi Schmid's men may have initially taken the lead on Wednesday, but the attack did little throughout the night to challenge Club America. The Sounders finished with three shots, and just one of those was on goal.
- TROUBLING TREND: All three of Club America's goals followed a similar recipe, as each were scored via crosses from wide positions.
They Said It
"I was happy with our guys. Unfortunate not to move on."
Brad Evans, Seattle Sounders center back
- SEA: Sunday 3/6 vs. Sporting Kansas City (7 pm ET, FS1)