The 3-2 result at Estadio Tecnologico also assured that Monterrey will move on to the knockout stage as it won for the fourth time in four group matches.
Seattle fell to 0-4 in the six-game group stage, but for most of the way seemed on its way to a stunning upset.
"When you are up two-nothing you should never give the game away, so we are disappointed,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “… I was disappointed with how we performed in the last 30 minutes of the game."
The Sounders moved ahead in the 28th minute when a Michael Fucito shot was deflected into the net by Monterrey defender Sergio Perez. It went into the books as an own goal, but snapped Seattle’s streak of 281 scoreless minutes in Champions League.
Seattle scored again 17 minutes later. And Fucito got full credit this time as he ran onto a Nate Jaqua pass into the penalty area and finished past Monterrey keeper Jonathan Orozco to give Seattle a 2-0 lead.
"It was a good combination,” Fucito said. “I think Alvaro (Fernandez) played in to Nate (Jaqua) and Nate played a great ball through. I was able to beat the goalie there."
The game turned in the 63rd minute when Chilean international Humberto Suazo entered the match, as he would play a key role in all three Monterrey goals.
In the 74th minute, Suazo fired a shot that goalkeeper Terry Boss blocked but couldn’t control, and Aldo De Nigris headed in the rebound into the goal.
One minute later, Suazo brought Monterrey even with an 18-yard shot that found an opening in the crowded penalty area and reached the netting.
Two minutes later, Suazo made a run into the box and went down on a challenge from Boss. Salvadoran referee Marlon Mejia awarded a controversial penalty, and Monterrey’s Luis Perez delivered the PK and the death blow to the Sounders hopes.
“I think we have been a little bit unlucky in CONCACAF,” Schmid said. “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."
Seattle returns to MLS play Saturday at Chicago.
Their next Champions League match comes Sept. 29 against Marathon at Qwest Field.
Here's a game report from CONCACAF.
Here are the stats:
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.
TOTAL SHOTS: 15; SHOTS ON GOAL: 8; FOULS: 10; OFFSIDE: 6; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 1.
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.
TOTAL SHOTS: 11; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 14; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 5.
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
Controversial PK: Perez penalty kick completes the Monterrey surge, moving the home team ahead, 3-2. About 10-15 minutes left.
Monterrey draws even: Monterrey has pulled even with back-to-back goals around 15 minutes from the end. The first a De Nigris header following a Boss save, then an Humberto Suazo shot through traffic makes it to the netting.
A loss or draw ends the Sounders hopes of advancing out of group play.
Halftime: Sounders up, 2-0. The second goal came just before the break, when David Estrada slid a nice through ball into the box, where Michael Fucito touched it right of the keeper.
The first score has been ruled on own goal off Perez, btw.
Sounders 1, Monterrey 0: Michael Fucito fires from the top of the penalty area, and the ball deflects off at least one Monterrey defender and goes into the net. The feed I'm watching isn't showing time, so I don't know the minute. Nor have they clarified yet if this is going to be credited to Seamon or an own goal. However, the Sounders are up 1-0 -- using a lineup full of reserves such as Seamon, Montano, Boss, Scott, Estrada, etc.
As I mentioned, I'm puttering around the Midwest and its fringes, and tonight I'm in Louisville, Ky. My hotel does not have Fox Soccer Channel, however I have found an Irish pub that says they will show the Sounders-Monterrey game. (Here's our preview from this morning's paper.)
So, I'm probably going to be watching over there, and assuming so, I'll be without my laptop. However, I'm opening this post so you guys can provide the updates for those without FSC, and for the usual pre-, in-game and postgame discussion. (Update: I've decided to watch online. The game is being shown live on the CONCACAF Champions League site, which is linked to on the left. No cost, but you must go through a short registration.)
I'll be back after the game to pass along any notes and quotes provided by the Sounders.