The Seattle Sounders FC couldn't have asked for a better start in the 2012/13 CONCACAF Champions League, defeating Trinidad's Caledonia AIA 3-1 at CenturyLink Field on Aug. 2.
Sammy Ochoa opened up the scoreboard in the 19th minute, capitalizing on a nice pass by Andy Rose. Fredy Montero doubled the Sounders lead 11 minutes later, thanks to another well-played ball by Rose. The Sounders increased their lead at the end of the first half, with Rose sending a rebound into the back of the post.
"You need that first goal to really settle down and once we got that it felt like we started to dominate possession," Rose said after the match. "Overall, I thought it was a pretty impressive first half."
Early on in the second half, Caledonia was awarded a penalty kick due to a shove by Jhon Kennedy Hurtado on Jamal Gay inside the box. Kareem Joseph made the ensuing penalty kick, scoring Caledonia's only goal of the match.
With their lead reduced, the Sounders' focus shifted towards the defensive end. They kept Caledonia's strikers away from goalkeeper Andrew Weber, preserving their two-goal lead.
"The accomplishment we wanted to achieve was to win the game," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said after the game. "We didn't get any injuries, so it was good. … It was great that we got the early goals and we had a three-nothing halftime lead, so as a result the work we put in the second half was not as great as the work we would have had to put in if we were tied or if we were trying to make up the deficit. So from that standpoint it was good."
With the win, the Sounders take the top spot in Group 4. Their next game in the tournament will be against Caledonia on Aug. 30, in Trinidad. They'll now get two days off, before returning to MLS play to face the Los Angeles Galaxy on Aug. 5.
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