Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Another Landmark Win for Major League Soccer

For the second time in as many matches, a Major League Soccer Club has gone into Mexico and won. Up until last week this had never happened, but the Seattle Sounders followed in FC Dallas's footsteps and knocked off the defending Champions League Champion Monterrey 1-0 at Estadio Tecnológico tonight thanks to a first half goal from Uruguayan midfielder Álvaro Fernández. Playing without Kasey Keller, Mauro Rosales and Fredy Montero, Seattle was on the defensive for most of the match getting outshot 17-7 by Los Rayados. But 29 year old goalie Terry Boss, brother of New York Giants tight end Kevin Boss, was up to the challenge making 4 saves and keeping strikers Aldo De Nigris and Humberto Suazo off the board. This was no small feat as Monterrey had just won their opener 5-0 over Herediano of Costa Rica last week. These two teams aren't strangers to one another as they were also matched up in the same group in last year's Champions League. Monterrey got the better of them in both matches last year winning 2-0 in Seattle and then overcoming a 2-0 deficit at home en route to a 3-2 win. With tonight's win, Seattle has now already won more games than they did in last year's Champions League when they finished 1-5 at the bottom of Group C.
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The Colorado Rapids weren't quite as fortunate in their match tonight drawing with Real España 1-1 in Honduras, but they still extended the MLS unbeaten streak to 7 in this year's Champions League (6-0-1). Jeff Larentowicz, wearing the captain's armband for the Rapids tonight, gave Colorado a first half lead in stoppage time that nearly held up, but Uruguayan Julio Rodríguez drilled home a volley in the 88th minute for the home team to salvage a draw.
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The only other game on the slate tonight between Herediano and Comunicaciones was postponed until tomorrow due to heavy rain. Two more MLS sides will be in action tomorrow as well with FC Dallas taking on Toronto FC in Group C action.

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