NEW YORK: The Seattle Sounders withstood a livid rally by means of New York Town FC to attract 1-1 and seal a 4-2 combination victory to achieve the general of the CONCACAF Champions League for the primary time within the membership’s historical past on Wednesday.
Seattle will face Mexico’s Pumas UNAM within the last of the event, the premier membership festival for groups from Central The united states, North The united states and the Caribbean.
The Sounders, main 3-1 after ultimate week’s house leg, gave the look to be cruising in opposition to a at ease win after Peruvian global Raul Ruidiaz fired them right into a 1-0 lead on 28 mins at Crimson Bull Enviornment in Harrison, New Jersey.
However Uruguayan midfielder Santiago Rodriguez leveled for New York within the 51st minute to kickstart a frenetic 2d part, as Town chased the 2 targets had to stage the tie on combination.
It appeared just a subject of time earlier than Town would ranking because the reigning Primary League Football champions introduced wave after wave of assaults at the Seattle objective.
However a mixture of deficient completing and excellent goalkeeping from Seattle’s Swiss stopper Stefan Frei pissed off New York’s hopes of turning the semi-final round.
Frei rescued Seattle 3 times within the area of 10 mins as New York pressed for a 2d objective.
The Sounders goalkeeper stored a header from Thiago Martins on 63 mins after which 5 mins later tipped over the bar when extremely rated Brazilian youngster Talles Magno shot at the flip from shut vary.
Magno then squandered a golden probability to position New York 2-1 forward on 73 mins when ahead Valentin Castellanos burst into area down the fitting hand facet.
The Argentine striker squared unselfishly for Magno in area, however with the entire objective to try at, the 19-year-old shot at Frei, who parried away.
Frei made every other positive save two mins from time, diving at complete stretch to show a Castellanos header across the submit.
The Sounders can be taking a look to finish just about 20 years of unbroken dominance of the CONCACAF Champions League by means of Mexican golf equipment within the last later this month.
The ultimate Primary League Football membership to raise the identify have been the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2000.