Posted on August 3, 2012
SEATTLE – The Seattle Sounders rode three first-half goals and registered a 3-1 win over Caledonia AIA in the CONCACAF Champions League opener for both teams on Thursday night.
Sammy Ochoa, Fredy Montero and Andy Rose connected during a 24-minute span to give the Major League Soccer team a comfortable cushion by halftime.
Kareem Joseph converted a penalty for Caledonia after Jhon Kennedy Hurtado knocked Jamal Gay to the ground in the 50th minute.
After missing several dead-ball chances, Seattle struck in the 19th minute. Alex Caskey collected a cross into the left-wing corner and sent theball into the penalty area. Rose corralled the service and sent it to Ochoa to slot home from close range.
Joseph nearly engineered an immediate response for the Trindad and Tobago team – managed by assistant mamanger Jerry Moe in the absence of manager Jamaal Shabazz – six minutes later and forced a reaction save from goalkeeper Andrew Weber, playing his fourth game of the season.
Montero increased the lead in the 30th minute. Former TT Pro League standout Cordell Cato played a ball into the penalty area to start the move. Rose made a darting run from midfield to latch onto the pass before sliding the ball back toward the penalty spot. Montero arrived at the perfect time to glance his first-time effort inside the far post.
Rose tallied in the 43rd minute. Former Cuban international Osvaldo Alonso’s feed slipped through several players to the unmarked Montero inside the box. Goalkeeper Glenroy Samuel knocked away Montero’s shot, but the rebound fell for Rose, who scored.
Caledonia cut the lead to 3-1 after referee Stanley Lancaster ruled Hurtado wrestled Gay to the ground as a corner kick sailed into the area.
Caledonia will host Honduras’ Marathón on Aug. 22, The Sounders will look to duplicate their victory against Caledonia when they visit Manny Ramjohn Stadium on Aug. 30.
Osvaldo Alonso set up one of Seattle’s goals. Photo courtesy of MLS
Categories: Caribbean, Champions League, Cuba, North America, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S.A.
Tags: Andy Rose, Caledonia AIA, Cordell Cato, Fredy Montero, Jamaal Shabazz, Jamal Gay, Jerry Moe, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Major League Soccer, Osvaldo Alonso, Sammy Ochoa, Seattle Sounders, T&T Pro League