Updated Aug 24, 2011 - 10:05 am
Match review: Seattle Sounders FC 1 at CF Monterrey (Mexico) 0
by John Zielonka, 710ESPN Seattle
The Sounders became the second MLS side to win a match in Mexico. Fernandez's goal and 'keeper Terry Boss' shutout were enough to put Seattle at the top of Group D.
Man of the match: Midfielder Alvaro Fernandez
Photo by John Zielonka, 710ESPN Seattle
In the 38th minute, the crafty and speedy Fernandez received an perfect pass from Pat Noonan. Fernandez outmaneuvered two Monterrey defenders in the box and used a single touch to put the ball in the upper corner of the net.
"I just kind of saw Flaco making a through run and I thought maybe if I can squeeze this through we get a chance on goal. We hadn't had many chances on goal and it worked out for us. He finished it very well and it put us in a position to win the game, which we did."--Pat Noonan, Sounders FC midfielder
Unsung hero: Goalie Terry Boss
The young goalie faced a barrage of shots in earning the clean sheet. Monterrey had 17 total shots with four on goal. Boss made the save of the match on Aldo De Nigri's shot in the 58th minute. He needed to extend his foot to prevent the game-tying goal.
"We wanted to make sure we didn't give him too much space...We were happy with that defensively and we wanted to try some counterattacks."--Sigi Schmid, Sounders FC head coach
Significance of win in Mexico:
Seattle's win is impressive given the lack of success by any U.S. based team. MLS and the U.S. Men's National team have struggled when playing in Mexico. MLS sides have managed two wins (2-21-3), including the Sounders' victory, while the internationals are winless (0-23-1). The loss snapped Monterrey's 13-game CCL unbeaten streak.
"It's one that will go in the history for our club. We are now the second team to win in Mexico so for us it's special. Our locker room is happy. That will be the best team we play all year, easily. Heads above everybody else we play so I'm just happy."--Brad Evans, Sounders FC midfielder
"It means an awful lot for us because last after two games we had zero points. This year after two games we have six points. To come into Monterrey and win gives our team confidence as we go into games in the future."--Sigi Schmid
They said it:
"Our goal going into the tournament this year was that we wanted to get into the next stage. We wanted to finish either first or second in the group and right now with six points we are much closer to our goals than we were last year at any point. We felt last year was a learning experience and we didn't do show our best and we wanted to make up for that."--Sigi Schmid
"Their (Monterrey's) spirits were never broken. They want to win no matter what. They don't want to disappoint these fans, that's the first and foremost thing. Maybe it opened up a little bit but we were so gassed we didn't get any chances to capitalize other than maybe one or two. For us if we can win in these situations that's great."--Brad Evans
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