Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Seattle goes beast-mode on Tigres

An MLS side had never opened the trap door on a Mexican one in the CCL knockout stages. Before tonight. Seattle completed a Barca-esque comeback on Tigres in the CCL quarters, turning a 2-0 aggregate deficit into a 3-2 win with three magnificent goals in the second half. The Sounders await the winner of the Houston-Santos second leg, which Houston leads 1-0 headed down to Mexico. (Portland fans -- commence gnashing of teeth now).

Tigres went down to 10 men just before half, and Sigi came out of the break in a 3-5-2 to utilize the man advantage. That freed the 19-year-old DeAndre Yedlin, who had a slow first half, to rip down the right side and tear open Tigres' hapless defense. His first goal was a masterful volley that will probably show up on some end-of-year top goals lists. Here's that beast-job.


And the third, the winning goal, came from a brilliantly quick run from Eddie Johnson, who slotted home from a stupid angle that the keeper, in fairness, should've done more with.

But Djimi Traore's strike between those two... holy crap. I don't know what's crazier, that he uncorked this shot at all or that it came within 10 minutes of Yedlin's. Whoof. What a night for Sounders fans.


- Will Parchman

14 comments:

RobUsry said...

I want to put DeAndre Yedlin in my pocket and carry him around with me everywhere I go.

dikranovich said...

you guys must not have played foosball, where goals only count when they go in clean. goal of the day, maybe. it took a freaking deflection.

Alex Larsen said...

the 2nd half was fun to watch

Will Parchman said...

I'm trying to start circulating that Yedlin's new nickname is Rufio. Spread the word.

Jay said...

Can we call a spade a spade? Tigres phoned this one in, and didn't really care. Bornstein played the whole game, and has he even seen the field for UANL since the 2012 Copa Lib? Hell, he isn't even included in their team photo.

dikranovich said...

top row, second from the left. jb in the flesh.

jon said...

Jay, I think this whole lack of respect (or that they phoned it in) thing was a little overblown. This Tigres side (many of which have been the part of their CCL run) was handling business in the first half. And while I don't want Bornstein with the USMNT, some seem to forget he was a damn fine MLS player and he wasn't a weak link last night.
Anyway, that's not to say Seattle couldn't have still pulled off the win if it was 11v11, but it would have been much more difficult.

LReszetar said...

GVB's goal vs. Uruguay had been the best goal I ever saw on a live broadcast, until last night. That strike was stunning. Even if Traore never scores another goal for Seattle, he's going to be their highlight reel for years. Wow.

Jay said...

Son of a bitch! I looked at that photo a dozen times. It may stifle my comedy, but it doesn't defeat my point.

@jon, I don't think Tigres has a lack of respect (at least not specifically for Seattle), but rather they just don't put any credence into the CCL. Certainly not the kind of credence that MLS has invested in it for the last few years. Tigres just puts their effort into Liga MX and not in other competitions -- they sent the second team to play those Copa Lib qualifiers, too. My larger point is that MLS calling it "an historic achievement" is... kinda weak.

Matt said...

@Jay: there really aren't too many ways to do a side-by-side comparison between MLS and other leagues. CCL might be as good as it gets. So a) I can live with a little hyperbole ("historic"!) and b) it is an impressive achievement and c) the fans are getting into it, which is cool and d) it would be SUPER cool to see a MLS team playing the best clubs from Asia, Africa, etc.

I know my ABC's, too.

Phil McCracken said...

"It may stifle my comedy, but it doesn't defeat my point."

That would look great on a headstone. Jay - If you're not going to use that, can I?

aletheist said...

Those who insist on calling this "historic" seem to be overlooking the fact that the Kansas City Wizards won a home-and-home series with a Mexican team (Santos Laguna) in the quarterfinals of the 2002 CONCACAF Champions' Cup, the predecessor to CCL.

Jay said...

@Matt: not arguing points C or D -- those are great, and I'm very happy to have it happen. In fact, that the fans and clubs are excited at the prospects is, overall, part of the most exciting part; when someone gives a damn, the competition becomes actually relevant. And if the MLS teams' excitement gives (all) the Liga MX teams a reason to take CCL seriously, so much the better.

Now, as for the hysterical historical aspect... didn't RSL actually go to the title game just three seasons ago? Didn't we all see that? This was impressive that long ago. I don't think that MLS is giving it's clubs proper credit when it goes on and on like this.

@Phil: now that you mention it, well, yes. Yes I absolutely am using it on my tombstone. However, I will license it to you at no cost. Just the kind of guy I am.

Jay said...

Goddamn, how many times can I use "part" and "excite" in the same sentence? Kill me now.