Thursday, September 23, 2010

SOUNDERS FC: 4 Minutes Change Everything

Seattle Sounders FC 2 at CF Monterrey 3 - September 22, 2010

MONTERREY, MEXICO - The Seattle Sounders FC scored two first-half goals but Group C leader CF Monterrey answered with three goals in four minutes as Seattle lost, 3-2, in round four of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage at Estadio Tecnologico on Wednesday night.

After an own goal, Mike Fucito scored in his first professional start to give Seattle a 2-0 lead at halftime. Monterrey then scored three second-half goals, including a penalty kick in the 78th minute that proved to be the game-winner.
Seattle (0-4-0 in CCL) has lost all four of its Group C matches. It hosts the final two group stage games at home.
Monterrey (4-0-0 in CCL) remains the only club in the Champions League with an unblemished record.
Seattle took the lead in the 27th minute when Fucito struck a right-footed shot that deflected off Monterrey's Hiram Ricardo Mier and into the back of the net for an own goal.
Sounders FC extended its lead shortly before halftime. Nate Jaqua took a ball from Alvaro Fernandez and played Fucito into the box. Fucito poked the ball with the outside of his right foot and beat keeper Jonathan Orozco.
Fucito's goal came in his first professional start. It was his second goal for Sounders FC.
Monterrey scored its first goal in the 74th minute. Terry Boss stopped a shot from Humberto Suazo but Aldo De Nigris headed the rebound past Boss.
One minute later, Suazo beat Boss from 18 yards with a right-footed shot to the far corner.
Monterrey scored the game-winner in the 77th minute. Boss was whistled for a foul in the box on a streaking Suazo. Perez stepped up and knocked the penalty kick past Boss for the club's third goal in four minutes.
Boss made five saves in his third competitive start, including a tip save on William Paredes' header in the 39th minute.
Seattle was outshot by Monterrey 15-11 (8-3 on goal).
Sounders FC (10-9-6, 36 points in MLS) returns to league play when it visits the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeville, Illinois on Saturday at 5 p.m. PT.

Seattle Sounders FC at CF Monterrey

September 22, 2010 - Estadio Tecnologico, Monterrey, Mexico

Scoring Summary:

SEA - Own Goal (Hiram Ricardo Mier) 27

SEA - Mike Fucito (Nate Jaqua, Alvaro Fernandez) 44

MON - Aldo De Nigris 74

MON - Humberto Suazo 75

MON - Luis Perez (penalty) 77

CF Monterrey - Jonathan Orozco, Severo Meza, Julio Cesar Davino (Luis Perez 53), Hector Miguel Morales, Aldo De Nigris, Abraham Carreno, Walter Ayovi, William Paredes (Humberto Suazo 61), Hiram Ricardo Mier, Sergio Perez (Neri Cardozo 45), Jose Arellano.

Substitutes Not Used: Pierre Ibarra, Osvaldo Martinez, Jose Maria Basanta, Juan Ibarra.


Seattle Sounders FC - Terry Boss, Zach Scott, Tyrone Marshall, Taylor Graham, Tyson Wahl, David Estrada, Alvaro Fernandez, Michael Seamon (Nathan Sturgis 84), Miguel Montano (Sanna Nyassi 66), Nate Jaqua (Fredy Montero 73), Mike Fucito.

Substitutes Not Used: Patrick Ianni, Kasey Keller, Jeff Parke, Peter Vagenas.


Misconduct Summary:

SEA - Zach Scott (caution; Reckless Tackle) 35

MON - Jose Arellano (caution; Reckless Tackle) 43

SEA - Michael Seamon (caution; Reckless Tackle) 54

MON - Neri Cardozo (caution) 70

MON - Jose Arellano (ejection) 90+

Referee: Marlon Mejia

Referee's Assistants: Douglas Bermudez; Miguel Angel Endez

4th Official: Marco Rodriguez

Time of Game: 1:50

Attendance: 19,617

All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

Seattle Sounders FC Postgame Quotes - September 22, 2010

Sigi Schmid - Head Coach

(On thoughts on the match . . .) "Disappointed. Obviously we are disappointed that we were up two-nothing and when you are up two-nothing you should never give the game away, so we are disappointed. [. . .] I was disappointed with how we performed in the last thirty minutes of the game."

(On playing in CONCACAF Champions League . . .) "We played a lot of our young players today. We wanted to give them a look. I think we have been a little bit unlucky in CONCACAF. We should have probably won at Marathon. Without the red card at Saprissa we would have done much better. We had a bad ten minutes today. But certainly we are still a young team in the second year of existence as a franchise. We learn every time we play together. We want to be back next year in CONCACAF and we will do much better."

Mike Fucito - Sounders FC Forward

(On the first Seattle goal . . .) "Nate [Jaqua] and I talked before the game. [. . .] When I drop, I'll try to make a run off him and wait for it. [. . .] I was able to pull it back, turn and get the shot off. I got a little bit lucky with the deflection, but I'll take it."

(On his goal . . .) "It was a good combination. I think Alvaro [Fernandez] played in to Nate [Jaqua] and Nate played a great ball through. I was able to beat the goalie there."

(On thoughts on the match . . .) "Every time you come down here it is difficult to play. I think it's definitely a good learning experience. I thought we did a lot well, so it's a little bit frustrating. I think it was just a couple-minute lapse that was the difference. We will take the positive things from this. I think there's some stuff that tactically we need to work on and make sure that we are concentrating for 90 minutes."

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