Seattle Downs Defending CCL Champs Monterrey—In Monterrey

Less than a week after FC Dallas made history by beating UNAM Pumas to become the first MLS team in 26 tries to win an official CONCACAF match on Mexican soil, Seattle Sounders FC repeated the feat, edging Monterrey 1-0 at the Estadio Tecnologico in Monterrey.

Fielding a lineup that included just two starters from its MLS match against Dallas this past Saturday, Seattle got the game’s only goal in the 38th minute, when Pat Noonan slipped a pass to Alvaro Fernandez, leading the Uruguyan into the Monterrey box, where he finished high to the near post.

Monterrey started most of its first-choice players, incuding Chilean Humberto Suazo and Mexican international Aldo de Nigris (who has six goals in 12 appearances for El Tri, btw), both of whom went the full 90.

Highlights here:

And here’s the Sounders FC official postgame report, including reactions from Fernandez, Noonan, Brad Evans, Alex Morgan–beau Servando Carrasco, and Sigi Schmid:

Seattle will return home to their customary 37,000-plus crowd at CenturyLink Field on Saturday, when they host the East-leading Columbus Crew.

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