Video Review drama & Nico Lodeiro heroics: Seattle Sounders near CCL history vs. Pumas

“I’m not quite sure,” the head coach said when asked for his impressions of the pulsating match, marked by three penalty kicks and ample Video Review drama above and beyond the usual intensity of this continental tournament. “It might take me until we’re halfway back home to really understand what happened in the game. It certainly was an interesting game.”

His side conceded nearly as many goals in these 90 minutes at rain-soaked Estadio Olimpico Universitario as they had in the entire tournament up to this point (three), falling behind 2-0 just after halftime due to a Juan Ignacio Dinenno brace as Los Felinos soaked up the adulation of their vibrant home supporters.

Stomachs churned along Puget Sound – and beyond – at the prospect of yet another MLS heartbreak vs. Liga MX opposition, amid a signature outbreak of Concacaf craziness, in a CCL final.

“I’m not so sure that our tactics were wrong. I think there were many moments in the game where our team didn’t play up to their potential,” said Schmetzer. “There were some guys who were too rushed, especially at 0-0, there was no rush for us, but we wanted to go – sometimes that’s a problem with our team. We like to go go go, and maybe we could have sustained more possession, found a little rhythm to the game.”

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