Sounders FC sees two-goal lead evaporate in 3-2 loss
Sounders FC allows three goals in four minutes in loss to C.F. Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League.
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MONTERREY, Mexico — What was shaping up to be a history-writing night for Sounders FC turned to heartache in just four minutes.
Fielding a second-team lineup against group leaders C.F. Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday, Seattle held a stunning two-goal lead late in the game and looked to become the first team in Major League Soccer history to win a game in Mexico.
Instead Sounders FC allowed three goals in a head-spinning, four-minute span to lose 3-2 at Estadio Tecnologico and drop to 0-4 in Group C of the CCL, all but ensuring elimination from the international competition.
"When you are up two-nothing you should never give the game away," coach Sigi Schmid said.
Monterrey, the Mexican Apertura league champion, hadn't allowed a goal in its first three group-stage games but improved to 4-0.
Seattle took an unlikely lead in the 27th minute, breaking a CCL scoreless streak of 280 minutes, when second-year forward Mike Fucito fired a shot from the top of the penalty box that deflected off a Monterrey defender past the wrong-footed goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco into the net for an own goal.
"I got a little bit lucky with the deflection, but I'll take it," Fucito said.
Fucito doubled the advantage in the 44th minute after collecting a through ball by Nate Jaqua and calmly finishing an open shot past Orozco to go ahead 2-0.
Sounders FC's backline held the Monterrey pressure until the 74th minute, when forward Aldo De Nigris headed in a rebound past Seattle goalkeeper Terry Boss, who had just made a save on a strong shot by Chilean star Humberto Suazo, to make it 2-1.
Suazo, who played this summer in the FIFA World Cup, tied the score a minute later on a rocket shot from 20 yards out. Monterrey took the lead in the 77th minute when Boss tripped Suazo in the penalty box and Luis Perez converted the spot kick for the game-winner.
"I was disappointed with how we performed in the last 30 minutes of the game," Schmid said.
Sounders FC started several reserves with qualification to the CCL knockout round as a near impossibility. Miguel Montano and David Estrada, in particular, saw rare time for the visitors in "electricity" yellow.
Seattle was also without two suspended players: defender Leo Gonzalez, who earned a red card last week against Costa Rican club C.D. Saprissa, and forward/midfielder Roger Levesque, due to yellow-card accumulation.
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