Sounders get back to winning ways with 3-0 win over Tigres

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Playing the club’s first-ever match in Leagues Cup, Seattle Sounders FC cemented a memorable victory over leading Mexican side Tigres UANL by a final score of 3-0. Raúl Ruidíaz, Fredy Montero and Nicolás Lodeiro provided the goals, as the Rave Green move onto the seminal round of the competition, where Seattle is set to face the winner of Thursday’s match between Santos Laguna and Orlando City.

 Major League Soccer is due to release dates, locations, kickoff times, and broadcast information for the semifinal matches at the conclusion of Thursday’s quarterfinal round. Should Sounders FC host its semifinal match, tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the public starting this Friday, August 13 at 11:00 a.m. PT, with an exclusive presale window for Season Ticket Members beginning earlier that day at 9:00 a.m. PT.

Tickets are available exclusively through Ticketmaster. Ruidíaz put the home side into the lead with a signature panenka penalty kick in the 23rd minute, chipping Tigres goalkeeper Miguel Ortega down the middle of his goal.

For the Peruvian striker, it was his first goal for the Rave Green outside of MLS regular-season and postseason play, good for his 54th strike in all competitions since joining the club midway through the 2018 season. Montero doubled Seattle’s advantage in the 64th minute, bagging his club-leading 65th goal in all competitions, as he stabbed home a João Paulo corner kick that Cristian Roldan squared for the Colombian. 

Lodeiro added the exclamation point, recording his 44th goal as a Sounder by lofting an audacious shot over the outstretched arms of Ortega in the 70th minute of play. The shot came from roughly 30 yards away from Tigres’ goal, marking Lodeiro’s first tally since November 24, 2020 after missing time earlier this season due to injury. He is now in sole possession of fourth place in the club’s scoring charts, passing former striker Obafemi Martins. 

The Rave Green are competing in Leagues Cup – the official annual single-elimination tournament featuring clubs from MLS and Liga MX, Mexico’s topflight league – for the first time, with a 5-8-2 all-time record against Liga MX clubs, with all fixtures prior to tonight’s match coming in Concacaf Champions League play. 

Further information about the tournament can be found here.

Seattle is also now 2-1-0 all-time against Tigres (including Champions League play).  After advancing to the Leagues Cup semifinals, Seattle prepares for a three-match road swing that takes the club from Oregon to Texas and Ohio. First up for the Rave Green is a Cascadia clash at Providence Park against the Portland Timbers on Sunday, August 15 (5:30 p.m. PT / FS1, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM). Seattle then travels to play FC Dallas on August 18 and Columbus on August 21. 

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