CCL: Short-handed Sounders no match for Chivas in Guadalajara

The Concacaf Champions League reverted to form on Wednesday when Guadalajara beat the Seattle Sounders, 3-0, at the Estadio Akron and erased the 1-0 deficit from the first leg to advance to the semifinals.

Chivas will face the New York Red Bulls in the semifinals in April. They are joined in the final four by Toronto FC and Club America, Chivas' archrival.

The Red Bulls and TFC both knocked off Mexican opposition, but the Guadalajara win gives Liga MX teams a 19-4 edge in the series against MLS teams in the CCL knockout round.

The Sounders looked to be in decent shape, having shut out Chivas in the first leg and facing the weakest Mexican team left in the competition, but it will rue the missed chances to add to their advantage in the first leg.

Without Uruguayan star Nicolas Lodeiro, who remained in Seattle with a foot injury, Seattle created few opportunities. Things got worse in the first half as Will Bruin and Chad Marshall had to depart with head injuries.

The Sounders held on to the 51st minute when Oswaldo Alanis' free kick to the far post gave Stefan Frei no chance. The next two goals, which swung the series in Chivas' favor, followed some sloppy Seattle defending but were also golazos. A ball was played over the top to Eduardo Lopez, who beat Frei and headed the ball into the goal.

As long as the score was only 2-0, there was always hope of the Sounders pulling ahead with an away goal, but Jose Godinez clinched the series when he flicked a ball with his backheel into the goal.



March 14 in Guadalajara
Guadalajara 3 Seattle Sounders 0. Goals: Alanis 50, Lopez 55 Godinez 80.
Guadalajara -- Cota; Pereira, Alanis, Hernandez (Benitez 87), Cisneros; Brizuela, Pineda, Perez, Pizarro, Lopez (Salcido 89); Godinez (Macias 83).
Seattle Sounders -- Frei; Francis, Marshall (Kim 36), Torres, McCrary; Roldan, Svensson; Wingo (Leerdam 82), Dempsey, Lodeiro; Bruin (Neagle 9).
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