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Highlights: Seattle falls to Tigres in Mexico

Mar 7, 2013, 8:33 AM EDT

Michael Gspurning head shot

Obviously, a goal would have been nice to have.

Or even a scoreless draw.

But all things considered, the Seattle Sounders cannot hate their place as they board a plane today in Monterrey. Sigi Schmid’s team fell to Tigres on Wednesday, 1-0, and will take the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series back to friendlier grounds with a sporting chance here.

So much was thanks to goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, who looked every bit of the high ranking we gave him in our MLS 2013 positional rankings (No. 2, behind only Sporting Kansas City Jimmy Nielsen).

Djimi Traore and Leo Gonzalez were generally strong along the Sounders back line, never mind the big edge in shots to the home team (18-3). The midfield was not nearly as effective for Schmid’s men.

Either way, this certainly beats a 6-1 hammering; that was the score the last time Seattle met Mexican competition south of the border in CCL play.

The return leg is Tuesday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Highlights are here:

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  1. charliej11 - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Man that was brutal to get through, but the end result was worth the battle.
    Come back to Seattle, where Tigres will hate the 40 degree rainy evening on fake grass, with a good number of fans.

    • Steve Davis - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Yes … and speaking of which, I was impressed with the crowd last night in Monterrey. We don’t always see the stands full for the CCL matches. Well done, Tigres fans. (And as you say, I have every confidence the Sounders fans will do their part here, too)

      • unitedlee - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        Yeah. I thought that was cool to, Steve! Houston had a solid crowd it appeared as well Tuesday night.

  2. berlintexas - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    All three of those attackers were offsides on that goal. Even if the one making the first touch was onside, the player who put in the goal was off. Am I misunderstanding how offsides works in that situation?

    • Steve Davis - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      It’s a tough one, because the first man to touch the ball seems to be held onside by Zach Scott. From there, yes, you could probably argue the case either way …

      • teamperkins11 - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        I paused the video at 2:03 and the initial man was offside on the strike of the ball. The closest defender to keeping him on is the second defender closest to the camera, but he holds his line higher than the attackers left foot. Easier to spot because of the difference in grass shades.

        Also by rule a player can be called offside for

        “Gaining an advantage by being in an offside position.
        Playing the ball after the ball has rebounded off the goal, the goalkeeper, or any opponent”

    • zoophagous - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Sounder fan here. Unfortunately the player who got the ball was held onside by Scott.

  3. BDazzle - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Did Seattle not have a single highlight in this game, or is it just really bad coverage?

    • wickedgimp - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      No Seattle really didn’t have a single highlight in the entire game, unless you count Brad Evans constantly turning the ball over. Or Zach Scott being taken to the woodshed over and over again.

      That was as rough of a game to watch as a Sounders fan as I have seen over the last 4 years. Anyone who is complaining about the offsides call clearly has no idea what they are talking about. Anytime you rely on the AR to make that many calls (all of which I believe they got correct amazingly enough, your bound to get burned eventually.)

      Im just happy were only down 1-0 at halftime. Hopefully we can turn it around at home.

    • zoophagous - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Seattle’s “highlight” was that they didn’t get blown out. Tigres dominated the game. The Sounders did well to keep the agg score 1-0.

      As others have mentioned the Sounders should be happy heading into the second leg. When the Sounders last played a Mexican side in Seattle they beat Santos. (http://www.soundersfc.com/matchday/matches/2012/regular/ccl09-vs-santos-laguna.aspx)

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