CD Olimpia topped the Sounders 1-0 in Group F of the CONCACAF Champions League in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Wednesday night.
The Sounders didn’t go to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to dazzle. They went to the Estadio Nacional to weather 90 emotional minutes and earn a point, to try to avoid as much of the drama that dogged their first match against CD Olimpia as possible and to look ahead to Sunday’s showdown with the Timbers squad intact.
Then Alberth Elis pounced on a deflected shot in the 60th minute and turned it into an exposed net for the game’s only goal, and CD Olimpia topped the Sounders 1-0 in Group F of the CONCACAF Champions League in Tegucigalpa on Wednesday night.
Though Seattle still tops the group with four points, it will need help from Vancouver when the Whitecaps square off with Olimpia on Sept. 16 and Oct. 22. The Sounders will face Vancouver on Sept. 23 at CenturyLink Field in their goup-stage finale.
Olimpia now has three points through two matches, Vancouver one from one match, and only the top finisher advances to next year’s knockout rounds.
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Sounders coach Sigi Schmid took a mostly second-choice squad down to Honduras, with most of the regulars staying behind in Seattle.
His starting lineup – the same 11 that started last Wednesday’s 2-1 win against Olimpia last week at CenturyLink – was a blend of seasoned veterans and rookies. Zack Scott paired with Jimmy Ockford in defense, Gonzalo Pineda with Cristian Roldan in the midfield, Lamar Neagle with Darwin Jones up top.
The match started to open up after the break, and Olimpia finally edged in front when a through ball forced Seattle goalkeeper Troy Perkins to leave his line. Perkins deflected the initial shot, but it fell at Elis’ feet for a spinning finish.
The Sounders arrive back in Seattle on Thursday night and get right back onto the practice field on Friday.