Sounders Take Caledonia Out Of Champions League

Alex Caskey Puts On His McKayla/Cristiano Face And Is Not Impressed With The Goal He Just Scored - Courtesy SoundersFC.com

Dealing with recent travel problems, wet & heavy grass and the peculiarities of CONCACAF officiating the Seattle Sounders pushed by Caledonia AIA in a game that in many ways was a repetition of the last meeting. Three goals for the Sounders v one pk goal by the Trinidad side. Scoring was opened by Alex Caskey on assists by Zach Scott and Sammy Ochoa. Later Ochoa would score off a Fredy Montero pass and then Caskey helped Montero find the net. Fredy Montero ends August hot. He has goals in last five matches; eight goals in his last seven played. All of that was his August.

While the score looks dominant the Sounders had their troubles. They did not adjust well to the long, damp grass. This led to too many errant passes. They also had issues winning duels in this road CCL match. It was not a pretty match. Both teams fouled heavy and hard at times, though Seattle pushed the envelope less. Caledonia ended the evening with four Yellows to Seattle's zero.

It was the first extended run for Mario Martinez in a competitive match. In the first half he was one of the few bright spots. His passes were long and accurate, while avoided long runs on the grass. He sprung Montero from deep once and used his crosses to create danger inside the box. If the game had ended at half time he would have been the player of the game.

Instead, it is a game in which Sammy Ochoa deserves recognition. His holdup play led to Caskey's opening goal and also earned Ochoa his first assist of 2012. Ochoa's goal, which put Seattle up 2-0, was not the header he's known for, but instead a strong, well placed shot from the top of the area. It may have been his strongest performance as a Sounder.

The result gives the MLS side a bit of cushion in their two games against Marathon to finish out the Group Stage. Marathon still has a match against Caledonia and is able to finish with 8 points if Seattle only earns a draw and a loss against the Hondurans.

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