CCL: Sounders haunted by ex-MLS player in El Salvador

Gerson Mayen, an MLS homegrown player before there was such a classification, resurfaced a decade later to haunt the Seattle Sounders, scoring both goals for Salvadoran club Santa Tecla in its 2-1 win in the first leg of their Concacaf Champions League round-of-16 series.

Lodeiro golazo. The Sounders led on a first-time chip by Nicolas Lodeiro lobbed over Santa Tecla goalkeeper Joel Almeida from 40 yards in the 15th minute, but Mayen scored two second-half goals, the second on a penalty kick, to give Santa Tecla, wearing the Sounders' emerald green, the deserved win over Seattle before a crowd that almost filled the tiny Estadio Las Delicias.

Short-handed Sounders. The game was the first official match of the year for Seattle, which was missing four starters from MLS Cup 2017 -- Kelvin Leerdam, Roman Torres, Clint Dempsey and Victor Rodriguez -- in addition to long-time captain Ozzie Alonso. Newcomer Magnus Wolff Eikrem wasn't able to travel because of a visa issue.

Newcomers Jordan McCrary and Waylon Francis started at the two outside back positions, and it was a foul whistled on McCrary that led to Mayen's winner from the penalty spot.

The Sounders finished the game with 10 players as they were out of subs when Jordan Morris had to be helped off the field with a leg injury in the 83rd minute.

Mayen story. Born in Los Angeles to Salvadoran parents, Mayen played for the USA at the 2009 Under-20 World Cup but later switched to play at the senior level for El Salvador.

Mayen joined Chivas USA's academy program at the age of 18 and then debuted for the first team in 2009 under Preki, who is now a Sounders assistant coach. He moved to El Salvador in 2012, where he has played for FAS and Santa Tecla, helping the latter club become one of the best teams in El Salvador

Feb. 22 in Santa Tecla
Santa Tecla 2 Seattle Sounders 1. Goals: Mayen 67, pen. 76; Lodeiro 15.
Santa Tecla -- Almeida; Tamacas, Quinones, Dominguez, Barahona; Quintanilla, Rivera (Baires 66), Mayen, Cornejo, Ferreira (Quiñones 82), Torres.
Seattle Sounders -- Frei; McCrary, Marshall, Alfaro, Francis; Wingo (A.Roldan 59) Delem (Svensson 78), C.Roldan, Shipp (Bruin 57); Lodeiro, Morris.
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