Estadio Azteca in Mexico City has witnessed two FIFA World Cup finals featuring Pele and Diego Armando Maradona. The Seattle Sounders were out on the historic turf with a mission to pull off an upset win over the defending champions, Club America, and clinch a semifinal berth. Club America was able to outplay Azteca, knocking out the Sounders from the league.
Earlier, the two teams tied at 2-2 at Century Link Field in Seattle in the first leg. The Mexican side had the away goal advantage, and the Sounders had to win in order to progress to the semifinals.
The reigning champions of the CONCACAF Champions league also appeared in FIFA World Club Cup in Japan. On Wednesday on home turf, they routed the Sounders in a spell of five minutes before the breather by notching up two goals, as reported by the visitors’ website.
Club America will now face Santos Laguna in the semifinals of the tournament later this month, after winning the quarterfinal tie 5-3 on aggregate.
But Seattle started well, keeping the home team at bay for half an hour, and taking the lead in the 41st minute through Pablo Aguilar’s own goal. Earlier Seattle head coach, Sigi Schmid, said that he isn’t scared of facing the reigning champions at Azteca, according to MLS Soccer website.
Darwin Quintero restored parity within a minute by heading in a corner kick. Three minutes later, Mexican International Oribe Peralta nodded in the open goal to stun the Sounders. Five minutes in to the second session, Andres Andrade smacked the net with a right footer to secure the semifinal berth for his club.
Only two MLS teams have been able to beat a Liga MX side since 2008 in the knock-out stage of this tournament – The Montreal Impact and the Seattle Sounders. The Sounders eliminated the Tigers in 2013.