The game was always going to be a tough ask for the Seattle Sounders who were playing their first real game of the 2020 campaign. The said the real game was against Hondura’s side CD Olimpia in Honduras in-game One of a Two-legged Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 . The omission of captain Nicolas Rodeiro ( tendinitis) and Gustav Svensson from the starting line up provided an opportunity for head coach Brian Schmetzer to give some of the newly signed players a run-out.
Off-season Designated Player acquisition Joao Paulo started for Lodeiro and wasted no time making an imprint on the game. Paulo gave the visiting Sounders the dream start when he headed home an exquisite Jordan Morris cross into the back of the Olimpia net for the 1-0 lead just six minutes into the game. Sounders FC were able to overcome a chippy and combative spell by both sides that saw several yellow cards issued between the 22nd and 25th minute and take the 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
Olimpia goal keeper Edrick Menjivar made a brilliant save on a Joevin Jones shot but his inability to collect the ball proved fatal as Morris pounced on the richoted to give SoundersFC the 2-0 lead in the 54 minute.
While the Sounders had the will to win in there hearts the lack of game time finally caught up to them as tired legs allowed the home side to get back in the game in the 63rd minute when Yustin Arboleda toe-poked a Christian Maidana pass into the back of the Sounders goal from six yards out and the Colombian completed his brace and leveled the game in the 81st minute, when he headed home a looping cross from Jorge Benguche. The result was fair in that Olimpia never hunkered down or clogged the middle of the pitch rather the home side kept pressing from beginning to end.
The two away goals give the Sounders the advantage of the two-legged match remains a tie. Olimpia proved that they can score and will even be more dangerous when they visit next CenturyLink Field next Thursday ( 7:00 p.m. F2)