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Tigres beat Sounders 1-nil

Retreat, bunker and counter leaves Seattle Sounders FC with a goal deficit in their two leg Champions League series.

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This is not a win. It is not a hopeful result. It is probably a barely deserved result as UANL Tigres outplayed Seattle even accounting for tactical difference. It is merely a pause in play. Despite a goal that many Sounders fans will consider unfair, when a team outplays another at that rate a goal, usually more will happen.

Seattle Sounders FC tried to keep it close. Djimi Traore, Michael Gspurning and Osvaldo Alonso made certain that happened. Their were brief moments when Seattle threatened the goal, but their were infrequent and clearly ineffective. This was a match that Seattle deserved to lose.

Brad Evans was a turnover machine in the first half. Zach Scott kept a couple men onside at various points. That doesn't matter. The play was in Tigres favor. The score should reflect that.

Leg two does not put the Sounders too far behind. It will be a challenge. Liga MX is better. But a team with this level of talent starting on the road should lose. That there is a modicum of hope is, well good.

Tuesday March 12th the two sides meet again. That next meeting will be in Seattle where the Sounders beat Santos Laguna 2-1, lost to Monterrrey 1-2 and lost to Monterrey 0-2. Only one of those results means Seattle advances. They are in a hole. This is not a victory it is merely a chance.

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