Posted on September 21, 2011
SEATTLE – Herediano finally earned three points in Group D as the Costa Rican side recorded a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders FC in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night.
Last-place Herediano (1-3-0, three points) snapped the Major League Soccer club’s three-game winning streak in the competition as the Sounders (nine) fell to 3-1-0.
Yosimar Arias scored the only goal of the match off a 25-yard free kick over a five-man wall in the 25th minute, the Costa Rican club’s second goal of the group stage.
“We knew it was our last chance to still have a chance in this tournament,” Arias told reporters afterwards. “So since we left Costa Rica, we were [focused] to come and look for the three points.”
Coming off a 3-0 home win over D.C. United on Saturday night, the Sounders played their fourth game in 11 days. Coach Sigi Schmid made nine changes from Saturday’s starting 11.
“Overall, not one of our best matches,” Schmid told Sounders FC Insider. “We’re dealing with injuries and a heavy schedule, so we had to make some lineup decisions based on that. At the end of the day, our quality tonight wasn’t good enough.”
Herediano goalkeeper Daniel Cambronero did not face many shots, but had to come off his line many times to intercept crosses. Cambronero caught Lamar Neagle’s header in the 82nd ninute and parried Sammy Ochoa’s header over the crossbar in the 89th minute.
“He has been on the national team at some point, and he’s only 24 years old,” Herediano coach Jafet Soto said. “He has a great future.”
Schmid mae two substitutions early in the second half, brining on Fredy Montero and Cuban native Osvaldo Alonso for Roger Levesque and Amadou Sanyang. The hosts got more possession, but not enough scoring opportunities.
Seattle coach Sigi Schmid watched his team drop its first CCL game. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Central America, Champions League, Costa Rica, Cuba, North America, U.S.A.
Tags: CONCACAF Champions League, Daniel Cambronero, Fredy Montero, Herediano, Seattle Sounders FC, Sigi Schmid, Yafet Soto, Yosimar Arias