This night brought a pair of bad results for Sounders FC in CONCACAF Champions League.
Before taking the pitch, the Sounders knew the result of the other game in Group D: a 3-1 Monterrey win over Comunicaciones, which meant that Seattle couldn’t clinch its way through to the quarterfinals even with a win.
The Seattle didn’t win – or even draw. Instead, they lost to Herediano, 1-0, before a crowd of 10,163 at CenturyLink Field.
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The Sounders had begun the night with a perfect record over the first three games of the competition, while Herediano had lost its first three games.
Now, with two games remaining for each team, Group D looks considerably more clustered: Seattle, 3-1; Monterrey and Comunicaciones, 2-2; Herediano, 1-3.
"Obviously, Herediano scored a good goal," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. "It was a good free kick. Arias hit it well. I didn’t think our wall jumped, but he still hit the free kick well. I thought we had some chances. We certainly had chances in the last 30 minutes of the game. But overall, I didn’t think it was one of our best matches, one of our best games. Obviously, we’re dealing with injuries and things like that and a heavy schedule, so we had to make some lineup decisions based upon that, but at the end of the day our quality tonight wasn’t good enough.
With a Major League Soccer match at Vancouver looming Saturday, Sounders Schmid chose to take his chances Tuesday with a largely reserve lineup, including a midfield of Roger Levesque, Servando Carrasco, Amadou Sanyang and Lamar Neagle, along with Nate Jaqua and Pat Noonan up top.
However, Herediano broke through in the 25th minute on a free kick, as Yosimar Arias sent a shot just over the Sounders’ wall and beat KASEY Keller to the near side from 20 yards.
As the visitors held onto that lead into the second half, Schmid sent on a pair of his top players – Fredy Montero and Alvaro Ferenandez – and finally sent on Sammy Ochoa in his Seattle debut.
However, none of it helped, as Herediano goalkeeper Daniel Cambronero preserved the shutout.
Their next Champions League match is Tuesday at Comunicaciones.
I'll add more quotes in new posts above. Here are the stats:
Scoring Summary: HER -- Yosimar Arias (unassisted) 25 CD Herediano-- Daniel Cambronero, Cristian Montero, Erick Sanchez (Jose Cubero 77), Francisco Calvo, Marvin Obando, Pablo Salazar, Jose Luis Cordero, Yosimar Arias (Olman Vargas 71), Junior Alvarado, Jorge Barbosa, Anderson Andrade (Marvin Angulo 86).
Substitutes Not Used: Ronny Fernandez, Oscar Gonzalez, Jean Carlo Sanchez, Jose Cancela.
TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Jose Luis Cordero 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Olman Vargas 1, Yosimar Arias 1); FOULS: 14 (Cristian Montero 3, Yosimar Arias 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Olman Vargas 1, Jorge Barbosa 1); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Yosimar Arias 3); SAVES: 4 (Daniel Cambronero 4)
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, Zach Scott (Sammy Ochoa 74), Patrick Ianni, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez, Roger Levesque (Fredy Montero 56), Servando Carrasco, Amadou Sanyang (Osvaldo Alonso 56), Lamar Neagle, Nate Jaqua, Pat Noonan.
Substitutes Not Used: David Estrada, Jeff Parke, Tyson Wahl, Josh Ford.
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Nate Jaqua 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Lamar Neagle 2); FOULS: 18 (4 tied with 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Roger Levesque 1, Pat Noonan 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Fredy Montero 3); SAVES: 1 (Kasey Keller 1) Misconduct Summary:SEA -- Lamar Neagle (caution; Reckless Tackle) 16HER -- Jose Luis Cordero (caution; Tactical Foul) 34HER -- Yosimar Arias (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 58SEA -- Patrick Ianni (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 62HER -- Jorge Barbosa (caution; Reckless Foul) 67HER -- Daniel Cambronero (caution; Delaying a Restart) 77 Referee: Neil BrizanReferee's Assistants:-Dion Neil; Ainsley Rochard4th Official: Lewin PurserAttendance: 10,163Time of Game: 1:52Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-72-degrees55th minute:
Levesque out, Fredy Montero in; and Sanyang out, Alonso in.
Second half: ... has begun. No lineup changes on either side.
Halftime: Herediano goes to the locker room with a 1-0 lead, its first lead of the tournament.
Both teams took three shots, both put one on goal. Herediano had three corners, Seattle one.
25th minute: GOAL Herediano. Arias takes free kick from 20 yards, beating Keller to the near post.
Mostly even game until goal, with both teams missing good chances.
Kickoff: We're under way at CenturyLink, before a smallish crowd. Sounders in electricity/electricity; Herediano in white/white (and keeper Daniel Cambronero back pink/black.)
Monterrey wins: Monterrey beat Comunicaciones, 3-1, tonight in Group D, meaning that Sounders FC cannot clinch advancing to the knockout quarterfinal round tonight, regardless of result against Herediano.
As of now: the Sounders have nine points with three games to go in group play, Monterrey and Comunicaciones each have six points with two games to go.
Lineups: Sounders: GK Keller; D Scott, Ianni, Hurtado, Gonzalez; M Levesque, Carrasco, Sanyang, Neagle; F Jaqua, Noonan. Bench: Ford, Alonso, Estrada, Ochoa, Parke, Wahl. Reserves: Ford, Alonso, Montero, Ochoa, Parke, Wahl.
For Herediano: GK Cambronero; D Montero, Sanchez, Calvo, Obando, Salazar; M Cordero, Arias, Alvarado; F Barbosa, Andrade. Reserves: Fernandez, Gonzalez, Varga, Angulo, Sanches, Cubero, Cancela.
Pregame: Beautiful day at CenturyLink for tonight's CONCACAF Champions League match between Herediano and Sounders FC. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. It will be shown on Fox Soccer. Tickets remain available. And, of course, we'll blog and Twitter before, during and after.
Meanwhile, you can get updates on Comunicaciones-at-Monterrey here. (Monterrey won, 3-1.)
A Seattle win and anything less than a Monterrey win assures the Sounders of going through to the knockout round next year.