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.
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
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'
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