Ruidiaz brace helps Sounders make CCL history


Raul Ruidiaz scored a brace to assist Seattle Sounders FC make their mark on CONCACAF Champions League historical past on Wednesday evening, beating Liga MX facet Pumas UNAM 3-0 within the second leg and 5-2 on mixture to win the title.

The Sounders change into the primary Main League Soccer facet to win the federation’s annual membership competitors in its new format, which began in 2008-09. Previous to that, there have been solely two different American groups to have received a CONCACAF membership crown — D.C. United in 1998 and the LA Galaxy in 2000 — when it was often called the Champions Cup.

A file CCL crowd of 68,761 turned out for the match at Lumen Area for the second leg, following final Wednesday’s thrilling first leg that led to a 2-2 draw due to a pair of late penalties awarded to Seattle.

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With half-time approaching, coach Brian Schmetzer’s facet discovered its opener when a laid off move within the heart of the penalty space discovered Ruidiaz, whose first-time shot took a deflection off a Pumas defender and bounced into the again of the web to provide the Sounders the lead on the break.

The Sounders had been pressured to make two first-half substitutions resulting from harm, with Kelyn Rowe approaching for Nouhou Tolo within the eleventh minute and Obed Vargas changing Joao Paulo shortly earlier than the half-hour mark.

With the sport nonetheless inside attain for Pumas late within the match Ruidiaz scored his second on the tail finish of a swift counter-attack by Seattle, curling a near-post strike from a Nicolas Lodeiro help previous Alfredo Talavera to double the lead.

Lodeiro put the sport to mattress when he pounced on the rebound of a Jordan Morris shot that got here again off the publish and slotted residence, securing the historic title and sending the raucous sell-out crowd into an uproar.

Pumas’ Juan Dinenno, the highest scorer within the event, was largely quiet within the second leg. His finest probability was a free kick halfway by way of the second half that missed the web. Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei, who was named the participant of the event, made a terrific save on Diogo’s free header within the sixty fifth minute.

The title earned Seattle a spot within the subsequent FIFA Membership World Cup and added to an already crammed trophy case that features U.S. Open Cup titles, a MLS Supporters’ Protect and two MLS Cup titles.

Seattle managed to complete the place Actual Salt Lake (2011), Montreal (2015), Toronto (2018) and LAFC (2020) fell brief previously as MLS groups that reached the ultimate. Actual Salt Lake and Montreal each returned residence after pulling off attracts on the street in opposition to LigaMX opponents, solely to be defeated on their residence turf.

It was a stellar event for Seattle, who went unbeaten in all eight matches of the knockout stage and went 2-0-2 in opposition to LigaMX golf equipment after beating Leon within the quarterfinals.

In the meantime Pumas was left with no main title since successful the Liga MX Clausura crown in 2011.

Info from the Related Press was used on this story.

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