Late goal shoves Sounders in hole

McClatchy news servicesMarch 7, 2013 

MONTERREY, MEXICO — A disputed goal in the 74th minute gave Tigres UANL a 1-0 win over Sounders FC on Wednesday in the first leg of their aggregate-score series in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

The series will resolve Tuesday, when Tigres visit CenturyLink Field. Seattle must make up at least one goal, and perhaps more because road goals are the first tiebreaker.

Tigres dominated in shots – 18-3 – and the best chance came early. In the third minute, Lucas Lobos faked past sliding Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning before his shot was cleared off the line by defender Leo Gonzalez.

Despite that and the parade of other opportunities that followed, it eventually began to seem the Sounders might be able to escape the series opener with a scoreless draw.

Then, about 15 minutes from the end, Tigres lifted a pass over the Seattle back line as the Sounders raised their hands for an offside call. However no

whistle was blown, and the ball landed at the foot of Lobos. His shot was saved by Gspurning, but the rebound went to Alan Pulido, who headed the ball into the goal.

Both teams quickly adjusted their lineups, with Tigres seeming to go for the kill with more offense, while Sounders coach Sigi Schmid countered with more defense to remain within striking distance.

Seattle accomplished that and almost more when Eddie Johnson and Lamar Neagle both had chances before the final whistle.

Seattle is off until the resolution game Tuesday. However, Tigres must turn its attention to Liga MX, facing a match at San Luis on Saturday before traveling to the Pacific Northwest.

ADDED TIME

Midfielder Steve Zakuani used social media to reveal that he did not travel with the Sounders because of a previously unannounced ankle injury. … The Sounders will open their MLS Reserve League schedule at 5 p.m. March 17 against Portland at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila.

Sounders’ reaction to the match is available at blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer.

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