Under most circumstances, an MLS team earning a draw in Mexico would be considered a fine result.
However, in the very specific circumstances that faced Sounders FC tonight, it wasn’t enough.
A Lamar Neagle goal in the 73rd minute gave Seattle a 1-1 draw with Santos Laguna at Estadia Corona in Torreon, Mexico.
However, the Sounders couldn’t conjure the second goal that they needed to avoid elimination in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series. And so, Santos advances for the second consecutive year to the final round, where they will meet the winner of the Monterrey-Los Angeles series, which resolves Wednesday in Mexico.
Santos had taken the 1-0 lead -- and what proved to be an insurmountable 2-0 on aggregate -- in the 21st minute when Carlos Quintero's free kick hit the crossbar and rebounded down just across the goal line.
I'll be back with notes and quotes as they arrive from Mexico.
Final: Sounders draw in Mexico not enough, as Santos advances to CCL final on 2-1 aggregate.
Very nice effort from the Sounders. Certainly the kind that would get them their first MLS win this weekend if they can reproduce it Saturday when New England visits.73' GOAL Seattle. Neagle passes to Zakuani, then swoops in for the rebound. 1-1 on the night, Santos up 2-1 on aggregate. Sounders one goal from final.
61' Lamar Neagle on for Eddie Johnson.
59' Mario Martinez first off, Mauro Rosales comes on.
Second half: ... has begun. Sounders need at least two goals ... or they are out of CCL until at least 2014-15.
Halftime: Santos up 1-0, and 2-0 on aggregate. That score means this game won't go into added time. Sounders need to score two goals more than Santos in remaining 45 minutes, and if they get them, they'll go through on away goals.
Shots 8-8. on goal 2-1 SAN, corners 4-1 SEA, Fouls 6-4 SEA, possession 52% SAN.
43' Quintero puts one off post and Peralta rebound sent over upright.
20' GOAL Santos. Carlos Quintero sends free kick over wall and down off crossbar, just across goal line. Sounders down 1-0 tonight and 2-0 on aggregate. Free kick followed yellow card on Zack Scott.
First 10 minutes: Best chances to Sounders. Zakuani found space. Johnson and Joseph both had the ball bouncing near them in front of the goal. Then whiffs Zakuani near the far post agin. But nothing in yet.
First kick: ... has been struck. A place in the CCL champions series is on the line.
Lineup: GK - 1 Michael Gspurning; RB - 2 DeAndre Yedlin; CB - 20 Zach Scott; CB - 19 Djimi Traore; LB - 12 Leo Gonzalez; RM - 14 Alex Caskey; CM - 6 Osvaldo Alonso (captain); CM - 21 Shalrie Joseph; LM - 15 Mario Martinez; F - 11 Steve Zakuani; F - 7 Eddie Johnson. Reserves: Marcus Hahnemann, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Marc Burch, Andy Rose, Mauro Rosales, Lamar Neagle, Sammy Ochoa.
Santos starters: Santos starters: G Sanches; D Estrada, Balloy, Galindo, Mares; M Salinas, Rodriguez, Calderon; F Gomex, Peralta, Quintero. Reserves: Oswaldo Alanis, Marc Crosas, Edgar Lugo, Rafael Figueroa, Julio Gonzalez, Candido Ramirez, Cesar Ibanez. Other basics: Weather: Sunny and 90-degrees; Seattle will wear Cascade Shale. Santos will wear green with white stripes; Referee: Joel Aguilar, assistants: William Torres and Juan Francisco Zumba, Fourth Official: Elmer Bonilla; Attendance: Santos expects 25,000-30,000.
Pregame: First kick is scheduled for 5 p.m. as the Sounders and Santos Laguna meet for a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League final.
Santos takes a 1-0 lead into the resolution match, meaning Santos advances with a win or a draw. Because road goals are the first tie-breaker, Seattle would advance with a win by any score other than 1-0. A 1-0 win by the Sounders would send the series to extra time and then penalty kicks, if necessary.
The game will be shown on Fox Soccer, but is not on local radio. However, updates will be blogged here, with more updates and comments @donruiztnt.The first news expected will be the starting lineups and 18-man roster. The top question will be the role of forward Eddie Johnson, as we already know that Obafemi Martins and David Estrada and Patrick Ianni are out, and it looks like Brad Evans probably is too.