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Sounders vs. Club América leg 2: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"They don't play reserve teams against us anymore. They know if they play reserve teams against us, they're probably not gonna win." -Sigi Schmid on Liga MX vs. MLS

Club América's speed of play, technical passing and quality depth were a bit too much for the Seattle Sounders Wednesday. Advancing was always a long shot, and Seattle put forward a strong effort, but sometimes you have to tip your hat to a very good opponent. That gap is slowly closing between MLS and Liga MX. Sigi Schmid says he's noticed the increased respect from Mexican coaches.

Seattle's coach and players rightly note that MLS teams come into the knockout rounds at a disadvantage in the given format, and hope for change in the future. As it is, América's quest to repeat as CONCACAF Champions is looking strong, and the Sounders can feel they've been thoroughly prepped for anything Sporting Kansas City can throw at them this Sunday.

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Club America 3

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Venue: Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)

Referee: Valdin Legister

Assistants: Kedlee Powell, Garnet Page

Fourth Official: Kevin Morrison

Weather: Cloudy and 57 degrees

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Pablo Aguilar (own goal) 41'
CA - Carlos Quintero (Rubens Sambueza) 42'
CA - Oribe Peralta (Rubens Sambueza) 45' +1'
CA - Andres Andrade (Paul Aguilar) 50'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

CA - Pablo Aguilar (caution) 66'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones; Erik Friberg (Darwin Jones 75'), Osvaldo Alonso, Andreas Ivanschitz (Cristian Roldan 70'); Jordan Morris (Aaron Kovar 70'), Nelson Valdez, Clint Dempsey

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Zach Scott, Oniel Fisher, Nathan Sturgis

Total shots: 3 (3 players tied at 1)

Shots on goal: 1 (J. Jones, 1)

Fouls: 7 (J. Jones/Valdez, 2)

Offside: 1 (Dempsey, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Ivanschitz, 3)

Saves: 4 (Frei, 4)

Club America - Hugo Gonzalez, Paul Aguilar, Paolo Goltz, Pablo Aguilar, Miguel Samudio; Rubens Sambueza (Dario Benedetto 83'), Osvaldo Martinez, Daniel Guerrero, Andres Andrade (Brian Lozano 64'); Oribe Peralta (Jesus Moreno 73'), Carlos Quintero 

Substitutes not used: Moises Munoz, Osmar Mares, Erik Pimentel, Ventura Alvarado

Total shots: 18 (Sambueza/Quintero, 3)

Shots on goal: 8 (Quintero, 3)

Fouls: 12 (Andrade, 4)

Offside: 2 (Quintero, 2)

Corner-kicks: 5 (Martinez/Sambueza, 2)

Saves: 1 (Gonzalez, 1)

SEATTLE SOUNDERS HEAD COACH SIGI SCHMID

SEATTLE SOUNDERS GOALKEEPER STEFAN FREI

SEATTLE SOUNDERS MIDFIELDER CRISTIAN ROLDAN