There are 16 teams competing in CONCACAF Champions League and only one has a perfect record at the midpoint of group play.
That team is Sounders FC, which tonight beat Herediano of Costa Rica 2-1, moving to 3-0 after its first meetings against the other three teams in Group D. Two of those wins came on the road.
Fredy Montero scored both of Seattle’s goals against Herediano.
The first came in the third minute, when Nate Jaqua slipped a pass into the penalty area, where Montero sent back across and inside the far post.
Herediano equalized just before halftime when Roger Levesque was whistled for a push in the area. Former MLS player Jose Cancela sent the penalty kick past Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller.
Montero’s game-winner came in the 54th minute when Jaqua sent a pass to Levesque down the left side of the penalty area. Levesque knocked the ball toward the far post, where Montero nudged it across the goal line.
The result gives Seattle nine points, which sometimes is enough to advance.
Meanwhile, Comunicaciones (2-1) moved to second in the group with a 1-0 home win over defending champion Monterrey (1-2).
Herediano fell to 0-3, and has been outscored 9-1 in group play.
The Costa Rican side will make its return trip to Seattle at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
But first, the Sounders return to MLS play at 6 p.m. Saturday against D.C. United at CenturyLink Field.
I've added some player and coach reaction above. Here are the stats:
SEA - Fredy Montero (Nate Jaqua, Roger Levesque) 3HER - Jose Cancela (penalty) 46+SEA - Fredy Montero (Roger Levesque, Nate Jaqua) 54
CS Herediano - Daniel Cambronero, Marvin Obando, Pablo Salazar, Cristian Montero, Jose Cancela, Jose Luis Cordero, Jose Cubero, Junior Alvarado (Marvin Angulo 78'), Anderson Andrade (Diego Madrigal 64'), Olman Vargas, Victor Nunez (Jorge Barbosa 74').
Substitutes Not Used: Ronny Fernandez, Erick Sanchez, Yosimar Arias, Francisco Calvo.
SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 3.
Seattle Sounders - Kasey Keller, Zach Scott, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Leo Gonzalez, Roger Levesque (James Riley 90'), Servando Carrasco, Alvaro Fernandez, Lamar Neagle (Amadou Sanyang 83'), Fredy Montero, Nate Jaqua (Pat Noonan 73').
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Ford, Tyson Wahl, David Estrada, Mike Fucito.
SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 13; OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 3.
Misconduct Summary:SEA - Zach Scott (caution; Reckless Challenge) 36SEA - Alvaro Fernandez (caution; Reckless Tackle) 43HER - Victor Nunez (caution; Dissent) 53
Referee: Jafeth PereaReferee's Assistants:-Rey Mendoza; Juan Perryman4th Official: Rolando VidalAttendance: 2,000Time of Game: 1:51
82nd minute: Sanyang in, Neagle out. A modest move for defense.
Ten minutes left: Herediano swarming forward. Sounders holding on. And when Seattle gets possession. Montero just getting mugged.
73rd minute: First Seattle substitution: Noonan for Jaqua. ,,, And he instantly puts a shot on goal. Keeper gets a hand on it, and sends it wide.
52nd minute: GOAL Seattle: Levesque fires from a tight angle in box, keeper gets a hand on it, but Montero gets to it at the back post and pokes it in. Sounders, 2-1.
First five minutes of second half: Hereiando looking far better, more confident, interested.
Second half: ... has begun.
Halftime: 1-1. And the way it played out, a disappointing 1-1 for Sounders.
45th minute: Herediano equalizes on PK by Jose Carlos Cancela. Their first goal of group play.
44th minute: Penalty kick awarded, apparently for Roger Levesque push in back as players get tangled in box.
43rd minute: Yellow to Alvaro Fernandez.
36th minute: Yellow to Zach Scott for in-air collision.
25th minute: Near chance for Sounders as Jaqua knocks one off the post.
First 10 minutes: Herediano pushing forward more and looking better since goal. However, they have been outscored 8-0 thus far in this tournament.
Crowd is tiny, but vocal and into it.
Fourth minute: GOAL Seattle. Jaqua slips one into the box to Montero, who finishes strong. Seattle, 1-0.
Kickoff: The game has begun. Sounders in shale/shale; Herediano in yellow/black. Smallish crowd.
Sounders lineup: GK Keller; D Scott, Ianni, Hurtado, Gonzalez; M Levesque, Carrasco, Fernandez, Neagle; F Jaqua, Montero. Bench is Ford, Fucito, Sanyang, Noonan, Wahl, Riley and Estrada.
Pregame: Sounders FC reaches the midpoint of CONCACAF Champions League group play with tonight's game at Herediano. The game will be shown on Fox Soccer. Here's the preview from today's paper, which explains some of the implications in terms of advancing.
In the earlier Fox game Tauro of Panama and FC Dallas played to a 1-1 draw in Texas.