Raul Ruidiaz scored a brace to assist Seattle Sounders FC make their mark on CONCACAF Champions League historical past on Wednesday night time, beating Liga MX facet Pumas UNAM 3-0 within the second leg and 5-2 on combination to win the title.
The Sounders turn out to be the primary Main League Soccer facet to win the federation’s annual membership competitors in its new format, which began in 2008-09. Previous to that, there have been solely two different American groups to have gained a CONCACAF membership crown — D.C. United in 1998 and the LA Galaxy in 2000 — when it was generally known as the Champions Cup.
A file CCL crowd of over 67,000 turned out for the match at Lumen Area for the second leg, following final Wednesday’s thrilling first leg that resulted in a 2-2 draw because of a pair of late penalties awarded to Seattle.
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With half-time approaching, Seattle discovered its opener when a laid off cross within the heart of the penalty space discovered Ruidiaz, whose first-time shot took a deflection off a Pumas defender and bounced into the again of the web to offer the Sounders the lead on the break.
The Sounders have been pressured to make two first-half substitutions attributable to harm, with Kelyn Rowe approaching for Nouhou Tolo within the eleventh minute and Obed Vargas changing Joao Paulo shortly earlier than the half-hour mark.
With the sport nonetheless inside attain for Pumas late within the match Ruidiaz scored his second on the tail finish of a swift counter-attack by Seattle, curling a near-post strike from a Nicolas Lodeiro help previous Alfredo Talavera to double the lead.
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Lodeiro put the sport to mattress when he pounced on the rebound of a Jordan Morris shot that got here again off the submit and slotted residence, securing the historic title and sending the raucous sell-out crowd into an uproar.
In the meantime Pumas was left with no main title since successful the Liga MX Clausura crown in 2011.