The Seattle Sounders did not fare well in their first ever knockout stage in the CONCACAF Champions League losing to Santos Laguna 6-1. The Sounders FC won the first leg in Seattle 2-1, but after getting crushed 6-1 in Torreon, Mexico they lost on Aggregate 7-3.
The loss is not good for a Seattle squad that enters the MLS season with a lot of doubts, especially with a new Goalie and 2 new defenders.
Here are 5 reasons why Santos Laguna embarrassed the Sounders.
1. Seattle went down early
Santos Laguna got off to a great start of the match taking a 2-0 lead before the 10-minute mark with goals in the 8th and 9th minute. The goals have to give the Sounders worries for the upcoming season with Christian Suarez dribbled past 2 defenders to score the first goal and Oribe Peralta turning a Seattle defender to score the 2nd goal.
2. Not a good start for Michael Gspurning
Seattle G Michael Gspurning has a tall task in goal this season taking over for the legendary Kasey Keller and letting in 6 goals in this match is not a good start for his new team. Overall he faced 16 shots in the match, but only 10 were on target and he only stopped 4 of them.
3. 2nd half let down
The Sounders were down 2-1 at halftime, but were tied at 3-3 on aggregate, but they sputtered in the 2nd half giving up 4 goals. Herculez Gomez scored in the 48th minute and 67th minute and after that Seattle seemed to fall apart.
Even Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid stated, “When they made it 4-1 I think we lost our concentration.”
That is a bit of an understatement, as the match was the Sounders‘ worst competitive defeat in club history.
4. Could not take advantage of scoring chances
The Sounders had their chances, especially in the first half, to score, but they could not capitalize.
For the match Seattle only 1 less shot (16-15) and 1 less shot on goal (10-9). The Sounders had twice as many corner kicks in the match (6-3), but could not convert any into a goal.
5. Great play from Santos G Oswaldo Sánchez
While Gspurning struggled in goal, Santos Laguna G Oswaldo Sánchez had a stellar match. He stopped 8 of 9 shots on targets and made some great saves in the first half.
Next Up: With the Sounders out of the CONCACAF Champions League they can concentrate on the MLS season, which begins for them at home facing FC Toronto on Saturday March 17th.