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More MLS misery against Mexican teams
by Ridge Mahoney, August 26th, 2010 1:58AM

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TAGS:  concacaf champions league, mexico, real salt lake, seattle sounders

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[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Of all the agonizing disappointments Major League Soccer teams have suffered against their Mexican counterparts, the results of Wednesday’s Concacaf Champions League encounters may be the most bitter.

In Mexico City, Real Salt Lake led Cruz Azul, 3-1, well into the second half, and after conceding three goals to fall behind equalized in stoppage time – only to allow yet another goal and lose, 5-4.

As that match ended, Seattle kicked off against Monterrey in a noisy Qwest Field, but surrendered goals on either side of halftime in a 2-0 defeat that leaves the Sounders with zero points after their first two CCL matches.

Javier Orozco destroyed RSL by scoring Cruz Azul’s first four goals, with Christian Gimenez netting in stoppage time to secure an incredible victory. In a relentless, driving rain, field conditions worsened to the point that standing water and large puddles covered the Estadio Azul surface, yet a pair of goals by Alvaro Saborio and one by Fabian Espindola – set up by Saborio’s steal and centering pass -- pushed Seattle in front by two goals with 25 minutes to play.

Orozco scored on a deflected shot to narrow the score to 3-2, and RSL held that lead until the final minutes of regulation, when Orozco scored twice in less than 90 seconds as slipping defenders and balls splashing through puddles turned the game into farce. Cruz Azul’s desperate attacks and miserable conditions created two chances that Orozco tucked away within a minute.

In the second minute of stoppage time Will Johnson pounced on an entry pass that bounced off a few legs to score from about 12 yards out to tie it again at 4-4. Cruz Azul stormed back downfield with the kickoff to get a cross into the penalty area and when a clearance rolled up the middle, Gimenez nailed it first-time low past Nick Rimando from 19 yards out.

Seattle struggled to break down the Monterrey defense and fell behind four minutes before halftime when goalie Kasey Keller raced out to collect a deflected cross but Neri Cardozo got to the ball first to nod it into the net. In the 58th minute Cardozo slipped a ball through the Sounders’ offside trap for Antonio de Nigris to blast past Keller.

The Sounders’ increased pressure eventually yielded a 17-7 advantage in shots but they weren’t able to beat Monterrey goalie Jonathan Orozco, who stymied them several times with the score 2-0 and finished the match with six saves.

Concacaf play for the MLS representatives resumes in mid-September. In Group A, all four teams – RSL, Cruz Azul, Toronto FC and Arabe Unido -- are tied with one win and one loss apiece for three points. Seattle is last in Group C with zero points along with Deportivo Saprissa, which plays its second group game Thursday against second-place Marathon. Monterrey is on top with six points from its two matches.

Columbus, which lost, 1-0, to Santos Laguna in Torreon Tuesday on a stoppage-time goal, is second in Group B ahead of pointless Joe Public and Municipal, which play on Thursday.

Aug. 25 in Mexico City
Cruz Azul 5, Real Salt Lake 4.

Goals: Orozco 5, 75, 88, 89, Gimenez 93+; Saborio 23 (penalty kick), Saborio 43, Espindola 64, Johnson 92+.
Cruz Azul – Gutierrez; Pinto, Dominguez, Orozco, Cervantes, Castro, Pineda (Chavez 76), Torrado, Villaluz (Gimenez, 46), Villa, Biancucchi (Vela, 46).
Real Salt Lake – Rimando; Russell, Borchers, McKenzie, Wingert, Gonzalez (Grabavoy, 46), Beckerman, Johnson, Morales (Williams, 74), Saborio, Espindola (Findley, 67).
Referee: O. Moncada.
Att.: n/a.

Aug. 25 in Seattle
Seattle 0, Monterrey 2.
Goals: Cardozo 41, de Nigris 58.
Seattle – Keller, Gonzalez, Ianni, Parke, Riley, Sturgis (Seamon, 67), Alonso, Fernandez (Levesque, 73), Nyassi, Montero, Nkufo (Jaqua, 46).
Monterrey – Orozco; Perez, Basanta, Morales, Mier, Osorio, Cardozo (Santana, 70), Zavala, Martinez (Perez, 81), de Nigris (Suazo, 75), Carreno.
Referee: J. Aguilar.
Att.: 22,513.


Cruz Azul-Real Salt Lake Highlights:



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  1. Julio Vargas
    commented on: August 26, 2010 at 12:12 p.m.
    For first time I made time to watch both games last night, the RSL and the Seattle games. RSL game against Cruz Azul was extremely frustrating to watch, especially at the end. This game showed the lack of creativity that MLS players have and how afraid we are to play in Mexico. Even, if we are wining 3-1 we are not mentally prepared to acknowledge that and play with the same level until the end of the game. The substitutions made by Kreis destroyed the team. There was no reason to make changes so early into the 2nd half, especially when you are wining and having the control of the midfield. As far as Seattle the 2 black guys on the top and Montero, do not understand each other. There is no connection; you are not going to win like this…

  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: August 26, 2010 at 9:27 p.m.
    Julio, I saw a totally different game along with alot of other people. I think that the Mexican teams are very good and so are the MLS Teams, I feel that bad refing is what has killed all MLS Teams from winning in Central America. It's funny that the same Central American teams get beaten in the US by MLS Teams. I do agree that lack of creativity on MLS and the US MN Teams do hurt them at times. It would be nice to see MLS referees take over the duties of refing ConCaCaf game, wishful thinking on my part.

  1. Juan R
    commented on: August 26, 2010 at 9:49 p.m.
    Only got to see 15 minutes of the RSL game... It's tough to play when the field is that wet. I was so hopeful when I left and it was 3-2... but 5-4!? Well, at least I won't forget this game for a while and I bet RSL won't either. I hope NY Red Bull is in the competition next year and LA Galaxy. We need this competition to get a high profile, though this game doesn't hurt in the long run.

  1. Philippe Fontanelli
    commented on: August 27, 2010 at 10:44 a.m.
    RSL played very well until Kreis started substituting. I thought the changes were ludicrous Gonzalez for Grabavoy, Findley for Espindola and Williams for Morales. The three subs combined coming on didn't worth ONE leaving the field. Also Rimando never was a great goalkeeper. Seattle the problem is Sigi Schmidt his time has passed (although never was) he doesn't understand the pro players he has acquired. The whole team was running around aimlessly, no one leading the midfield let alone the team. No one took the iniative nor the driver seat.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: August 27, 2010 at 5:26 p.m.
    I completely disagree with Antion Fontanelli's assessment that Sigi Schmid is unable to "understand the pro players he has acquired," so much that it makes me wonder if Mr. Fontanelli ever played the game, coached, administered, or even refereed any game at any level? One can coach until the cows come flying home and pigs stop searching for truffles, and no matter how much one tries to instill in his/her players, it is ultimately THE players themselves if they will follow the coach's instructions on how to play any specific game against a specific opponent. Yes, coaches at times bear the burden, but the truth in the pudding is that it IS on the players themselves to carry out the game plan, however, I do agree with him that "No one tok the intiative nor the driver seat...." (sic)


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