Sounders Celebrate After Ochoa Goal - Courtesy Seattle Sounders FC
The Seattle Sounders are faring quite well in 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League play having yet to give up a non-penalty goal in their first three games, all wins. With the Wednesday night win over CD Marathon in Honduras Sigi Schmid's side advance to the knockout rounds for the second straight year. It was an offense that had plenty of chances on non-shots, but all that were finished were of quality.
Sammy Ochoa's opener puts him at 7 all competitions goals on the season. Ochoa is gunning for an award that does not yet exist. The "Non-League MLS MVP" could be his with 6 of those goals coming outside of league play. Eddie Johnson decided to watch Fredy Montero's golazo so he could repeat it. He did. Brad Evans scored the third goal by heading a floater over the keeper. Can you chip a header? B-Rad says yes.
The Sounders earned numerous yellow cards. They were also given a couple more because the ref seemed to think they like yellow. Twice those cards were given inside the 18 and resulted in penalties. Neutrals will see that first as a legit call. The world will see the second PK call as either poor comedy or some kind of new non-written literary technique that hasn't made it's way out of San Pedro Sula cafes yet.
There were issues with Seattle's chance creation in the first half. On at least three occasions they created opportunities that did not become shots. One of those was when Zach Scott rose straight up and nodded in a header. The referee saw something and blew the whistle. It is CONCACAF. It is not easy to win on the road.
Seattle still did.
Quality chances were on Seattle's side. Marathon struggled as was expected. The Sounders will now have a super Reserve game late in the MLS season as they prepare for the Playoffs. They will also get some allocation money and the prestige of making the CCL knockout round.