Sounders Put Three Past Caledonia AIA

Fredy Montero Dribbles Through Caledonian Traffic - Photo Courtesy of Jane G Photography

The match that was defined by an energetic first half where the Sounders put three goals in against the CFU Club champion Caledonia AIA and a second half that was patient with fewer clear chances for the Sounders. Caledonia's Joseph did net a penalty kick in the 50th minute to limit the damage to their own chances at advancement in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League.

The first goal saw Sammy Ochoa put away an Andy Rose pass. Seattle's second was a Fredy Montero tapper after help from Rose and Cordell Cato. The third goal saw Rose and Ochoa both try to slot in a rebound with Rose's foot reaching the ball first.

The offense was generally powered through play along the right side and Cato. His speed and varied cuts beat his defender and created adjustments that left Sounders players open. Besides his speed work and Montero's poise with the ball and vision Seattle also used the attack stopping of Osvaldo Alonso.

A second half sub pulled Alonso for Servando Carrasco. Caledonia attacked a little better, but not much. The penalty called was off of a Jhon Kennedy Hurtado shove during deadball play. Seattle's less aggressive and more possession oriented offense of the half did create chances, generally through the work of Alex Caskey and Montero in small triangular work. Oddly, many of the best chances wound up with the ball at centerback Hurtado's feet. None of his shots were effective.

Still, the Sounders got their first three points in Champions League. They did it with a lineup that featured Brad Evans at right back, a backup keeper, two wide mids that are unlikely to be starting in vital playoff matches, a rare start from Ochoa and a man of the match performance from rookie Andy Rose. The ideal XI is generally rested for the key league match against the LA Galaxy on Sunday. The +2 goal differential is light in the new tourney format and the very early results at the end of a single match day would have the Sounders facing a Liga MX side in the knockouts if the Group Stage ended today, which it doesn't.

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