The Seattle Sounders will host Pumas UNAM at Lumen Field on Wednesday in the second leg of the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League final.
The Seattle Sounders have had a fantastic CONCACAF Champions League season, defeating Motagua, Club Leon, and New York City FC to reach the final. They subsequently came back from a two-goal deficit in the first leg to earn a draw and put themselves in a good position for the final on Wednesday.
The home squad will now attempt to build on their recent success and become the first MLS team to win the continental tournament in over two decades.
Pumas UNAM will be disappointed that they were unable to complete the job on their own field last week. The Mexicans took a two-goal lead early in the second half thanks to a Juan Dinenno brace before giving up the lead thanks to two late penalties. Pumas UNAM has won the continental showcase three times and will be trying to win a fourth after a three-decade wait.
The Seattle Sounders and Pumas UNAM will meet for the second time on Thursday, with the first leg duel being their first-ever encounter. The game ended in a tie, and both teams will now try to beat one another later this week. When Sebastian Saucedo’s arm blocked Ral Ruidaz’s cross, Seattle was given a lifeline, with Nicolás Lodeiro converting from 12 yards.
After a challenge by Efran Velarde, Cristian Roldan went down in the area in the 96th minute. Referee Iván Barton pointed to the spot for the third time after a significant VAR delay, and Lodeiro scored his second with 98:12 on the clock.
So, it ended 2-2 in Mexico City; there were no away goals in the final, but at home, you’d believe Seattle had the upper hand in this tie. The Sounders hope to become the first MLS team to win this tournament since the LA Galaxy won the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup in 2000.
Andrew Thomas is out with an injury and is unlikely to participate this week, while Dylan Teves is questionable. Last week, Alan Mozo was injured right before the break in the first leg and will miss Thursday’s game as a result. Arturo Ortiz has completed his suspension and should be available for this game.
The Seattle Sounders have gone four games without a win in all competitions. They did, however, fight back from a two-goal deficit to achieve a 1-1 draw in the first leg and will be optimistic about winning on home soil. Pumas UNAM is on a four-game losing streak away from home, and their failure to win the rematch could come back to haunt them.
The second leg of the Concacaf Champions League final between Seattle Sounders and Pumas UNAM will take place at Lumen Field in Seattle on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 22:00 p.m. ET and 19:00 p.m. ET (PT) and can be livestreamed on FS1, fuboTV (Try for free)