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Seattle remains perfect with win in Costa Rica
by Ridge Mahoney, September 15th, 2011 12:17AM

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[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Seattle is the only team in the Concacaf Champions League to take maximum points after beating Herediano, 2-1, in Heredia, Costa Rica, Wednesday night. Fredy Montero scored on either side of halftime to lift Seattle (3-0-0) atop Group D.

Former Rev Jose Cancela converted a penalty kick for Herediano, which with a 0-3-0 record sits at the bottom and is very close to elimination.

Comunicaciones (2-1-0, 6 pts.) took over second place by beating defending CCL champion Monterrey (1-2-0, 3 pts.), 1-0, at home on Wednesday. Carlos Ramirez scored the goal in the 45th minute.

A clever reverse pass from Nate Jaqua found Montero knifing through the Herediano back line in the third minute, and the young Colombian fired a precise, low shot inside the far post to put the Sounders on top. For the rest of the first half, Seattle fended off Herediano and occasionally launched attacks, but a very soft foul whistled when Cancela went down easily in the penalty area yielded a penalty kick that he thumped home as keeper Kasey Keller went the wrong way.

Seattle regained the lead in the 54th minute when it attacked down the left side. Jaqua nodded a ball to Roger Levesque, whose shot was parried by goalkeeper Daniel Cambronero but floated across the goalmouth. Montero -- from practically under the crossbar -- acrobatically stretched his right leg to poke the ball out of the air and into the net.

Keller tipped over a rising blast from Marvin Angulo in the 85th minute and from the ensuing corner kick defender Pat Ianni blocked a fierce attempt by Marvin Obando. In the first minute of stoppage time, Servando Carrasco snuffed another attempt and his teammates hacked the ball out of danger.

Seattle will clinch a spot in the quarterfinals if it beats Herediano in the return game Tuesday at CenturyLink Field, and Monterrey does not beat Comunicaciones the same day.



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  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: September 15, 2011 at 8:46 a.m.
    Anybody notice that Hispanics are the ones scoring for these MLS teams consistently? Thought I should point that out.

  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: September 15, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.
    Seems like all you talk about is ethnicity or language, whichever "Hispanic" is. It's irrelevant. Have you got some kind of complex?

  1. Simon Provan
    commented on: September 15, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.
    Yeah, that Landon Donovan guy and Theirry Henry fellow; also that one dude, what's his name, oh yeah, Charlie Davies; along with that one Hispanic champ, er wait no, his heritage must be Polish, seeing that his name is Chris Wondolowski - anyway, do you know what all these players have in common? They are four of the five leading goal scorers in MLS. Mendoza is tied with Davies at number three. Who gives a crap what heritage these players are? If they are good, good for MLS. If they suck, they don't deserve to be in MLS. While I understand your passion, Luis, and can very much appreciate it, you can not sit back and say you have a racial preference. Everything you post on these forums is about why Hispanics are better, and while you may not mean it, you make it sound like they are better ONLY because they are Hispanic. I know you will come back and say you hold no prejudicies, but your multiple posts speak otherwise. This type of talk belongs to the pre-1960's. I say this to you out of concern and hope that you may look at your comments through another lens. Really, for me, it doesn't matter what a players name, race, or heritage is. All that matters is if that players skill set is deserving of the place he/she is in. US Soccer participants made the mistake in the 80's and early 90's of believing that anybody with an English accent MUST be good at soccer. Not only was that a slight to American's, but it was actually a slight to the English as we put them in a stereotype. Let's not make that same mistake again in the name of political correctness. Do I think Bob did a poor job with his use of American players in the Mexican league? Especially considering Herc Gomez. But I thought he made the same mistake with Edson Buddle. Both should have been our starting forwards at WC '10, not because they were minorities, but because both were our hottest strikers. And that's it. Sorry for the rant, folks, I just felt I needed to finally say something. I promise to leave at this. I am moving on. Thank you, Luis, for considering these comments.

  1. Simon Provan
    commented on: September 15, 2011 at 12:47 p.m.
    *can not sit back and say you DON'T...

  1. Simon Provan
    commented on: September 15, 2011 at 12:49 p.m.
    I should edit before posting...meant to say after my Bob Bradley question this, "Yes, I do think he did a horrible job not utilizing those players deserving of starting role. Especially..."


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