CCL Recap: Sounders ousted after failing to hold on to late lead

The Seattle Sounders, who made the 2020 Concacaf Champions League a priority and benefited from what seemed to be a favorable draw in the first two rounds, are the only MLS team not to reach the quarterfinals.

The Sounders had a 2-0 lead in the second half of the first leg and led by an aggregate score of 4-3 with four minutes to play, but they couldn't put away Olimpia of Honduras.

Olimpia had gone ahead on a goal by Elvin Oliva in the fourth minute of the second leg and equalized late on a goal by Carlos Pineda from distance.

Olimpia went on to win the shootout, 4-2, to become the first Honduran club to beat an MLS team in a CCL knockout round.

New Designated Player Joao Paulo set up Cristian Roldan for a header inside the far post in the 21st minute and Joao Paulo added his second goal in two games in the 64th minute with a rocket that deflected off an Olimpia defender and into the back of the net.

The Sounders were without injured star Nicolas Lodeiro as well as Swedish midfielder Gustav Svensson, who is also injured. New center back Yeimar Gomez Andrade has yet to procure his work visa to play in the home leg.
 
Feb. 27 in Seattle
Seattle Sounders 2 Olimpia 2. Goals: C.Roldan 21, Joao Paulo 64; Oliva 4, Pineda 86.
Seattle Sounders -- Frei; Leerdam, O'Neill, Arreaga, Nouhou; Delem, C.Roldan, Jones (Ibarra 70), Joao Paulo, Morris (Dhillon 84); Ruidiaz
Olimpia -- Menjivar; Mejia, Leveron, Oliva, Nunez; Garrido (Benguche 72), Flores, Pineda, Pinto (Maidana 58), Bengston (Rodriguez 81), Arboleda.
Att.: 34,016.

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