FINAL SCORE, Chivas 3, Sounders 0 (3-1 agg.): Chivas scored three times in the second half as they sealed their place in the Semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 3-0 demolition of the Seattle Sounders.
The Liga MX side failed to build on a dominant first half in which the Sounders were forced to make two key substitutions through injury, but they stung into life in the 50th minute when Oswaldo Alanis blasted a free kick past Stefan Frei to put the aggregate score at 1-1.
Moments later, Chivas took the lead in style. After recovering the ball in the midfield, Rodolfo Pizarro was the architect of a great pass to Eduardo “Chofis” Lopez, who lobbed the keeper and headed towards an empty net.
After 80 minutes, Chivas completed a perfect second half when Jesus Godinez performed a superb back-heel flick to put an end to any hope remaining for the Sounders.
The result means Chivas are set to take on New York Red Bulls in the Semifinals, with the Rebaño hosting first leg at the Estadio Akron on April 3rd.
Chivas 3, Sounders 0: Jose Godinez seals the tie for Chivas with a cheeky finish.
Chivas 2, Sounders 0: Moments after equalizing, a nice hustle play finished with Rodolfo Pizarro playing on “Chofis” Lopez, who lobbed the Sounders keeper and headed into an empty net
Chivas 1, Sounders 0: After hitting the post in the first half, Oswaldo Alanis smashed a free kick into the back of the net to tie things at 1-1 in the aggregate score.
Halftime Update: Chivas have been by far the better team, but as has been the theme during the Liga MX regular season, they have failed to capitalize on their dominance. Unfortunately for the Seattle Sounders, they’ve already wasted two substitutions through injury and they still have 45 minutes to go. Chivas are sure to up the tempo in the second half, and thus it becomes a test of focus now for the Sounders.
How to Watch
Date: Wednesday March 14
Time: 7:00pm Pacific, 9:00pm Central, 10:00pm Eastern
Venue: Estadio Akron, Zapopan, Mexico
TV: Univision Deportes Network(US-Spanish), Fox Sports (Mexico)
Chivas have a tough task on their hands when they host the Seattle Sounders in the return leg of their CONCACAF Champions Quarterfinal clash. The Major League Soccer side claimed a 1-0 win in the First Leg and know even a draw would be enough to place them through to the Semifinals of the competition.
For Chivas to go through, they will have to do it without star striker Alan Pulido. The 27-year-old will be unavailable through suspension, and it comes at a time where Chivas need to score at least twice to overturn the tie. Scoring has been a problem for Chivas this season, and much of the focus will be on the Rebaño’s young forwards to take advantage of their opportunities.
In footballing terms, the Sounders are considered a conservative side, which might benefit Brian Schmetzer’s team ahead of this crucial match. The Sounders had a whole week to rest, and in that regard, their defense will be more than ready to take on the challenge.
Will the Sounders make it three MLS teams in the Semifinals or will the red and white of Chivas carry weight in Guadalajara? Another chapter in the longstanding rivalry between MLS and Liga MX teams will be written this Wednesday night.