For the Seattle Sounders, it was a case of "same result, different story" Wednesday night. Just four days after Montreal Impact FC stole three points at CenturyLink Field with a 1-0 victory, the Sounders fell once again by the same scoreline to Mexican side Tigres in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals at the Estadio Universitario.
However, the two games could hardly have been more opposite. While Seattle controlled large swaths of the game against Montreal, in Mexico they appeared overwhelmed - either by the occasion or their opponents. Tigres dominated possession while out shooting Seattle 18-3, but had trouble turning those shooting chances into goals.
That is, until the 74th minute. The Tigres breakthrough came with a lofted ball to Alberto Acosta, whose initial shot was saved by Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning. However, Tigres' Alan Pulido was lurking just behind Acosta to head home the rebound as the Seattle backline clamored for an offside call.
The Sounders' best chance came not long after as Eddie Johnson attempted a finish under pressure from a tight angle, but Tigres goalkeeper Enrique Palos had it covered.
Tigres will take their 1-0 advantage to Seattle on Tuesday, March 12 at 10 p.m. ET.