Gomez has proven to be quite the MLS killer over the years. The California native had three goals over two legs against the Sounders last year in this competition. (Santos prevailed in that one, 7-3 on aggregate.)
Feel free to ask yourself at this point, was it really such an awesome idea for Sounders fans to chant “Sounders reject!” early in the match? Gomez played briefly for the Sounders on loan in 2003; clearly, the fans mocking words acted as accelerant on the man’s inner fire.
Next week’s return leg is in Mexico, and the chances that Seattle can become the second MLS club to find its way into the Champions League final aren’t exactly zero. But they are pretty close. We told you yesterday that it was tough to like Seattle’s chances in the series. Well, stack the odds a little higher in the “against” category.
Listen to Sounders manager Sigi Schmid: “…we just now have to go down there and play pretty much a perfect game. But that’s not impossible. It’s difficult, but it’s not impossible.”
Seattle played without four important attackers, who were rested or injured: strikers Obafemi Martins and Eddie Johnson and starting flank midfielders Mauro Rosales and Steve Zakuani.
Barring a shocking result next week in Torreon, this leaves the LA Galaxy as the only MLS club with a fighting chance of landing in the the regional tournament final. Bruce Arena’s club begins it home-and-away series against Mexico’s Monterrey tonight. (More on that later at ProSoccerTalk.)
FA Cup slate set as Liverpool, Newcastle, Saints win
The field is set for the fourth round of the FA Cup, as Newcastle United, Liverpool, and Southampton joined 29 other teams in the fourth round.
Newcastle United 2-1 Birmingham City
Matt Ritchie scored twice and Yoan Gouffran also scored as the Magpies clinched a trip to third-tier side Oxford United. David Cotterill scored in the 71st minute to provide an interesting finish, but Newcastle weathered the storm.
Jurgen Klopp chose another youth-heavy lineup, but a pair of Premier League vets got the job done for the winner. Philippe Coutinho assisted Lucas Leiva‘s 18th mintue goal to give the Reds a home date with Wolverhampton.
Divock Origi had a late penalty saved by Luke McCormick, but it didn’t come back to haunt the Reds.
Southampton 1-0 Norwich City
Saints got a much-needed albeit ugly win when Shane Long won a tussle in the box to score a stoppage time winner. Southampton will host Arsenal in the fourth round.
Derby County vs. Leicester City
January 28 Liverpool vs. Wolverhampton
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wycombe Wanderers
Oxford United vs. Newcastle United
Lincoln City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Chelsea vs. Brentford
Rochdale vs. Huddersfield Town
Burnley vs. Bristol City
Blackburn vs. Blackpool
Middlesbrough vs. Accrington Stanley
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City
Southampton vs. Arsenal
Millwall vs. Watford
Fulham vs. Hull City
Sutton United vs. Leeds United
“Jermaine is a winner who has experience in MLS and playing against the highest competition in the world,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach Curt Onalfo. “He has a relentless engine on the field and we are confident that he will strengthen our midfield. We look forward to him joining the Galaxy as we prepare for the upcoming season.”
When healthy, Jones remains a game changer at the MLS level. He was not healthy often during his season in Colorado, but the Rapids did not lose a regular season game in which he hit the pitch.
Given the amount of buzz surrounding Lyon’s supposed interest in Memphis Depay, it’s no surprise this one got done.
The Ligue 1 side has agreed to buy the Manchester United winger for a fee that will range between $20 and $27 million. Reports claim the Red Devils have both buy back and sell-on clauses inserted in the deal.
Memphis was purchased for approximately $30 million from PSV Eindhoven in May 2015. That was hot on the heels of a 22-goal season that paced the Eredivisie.
After scoring two goals for United in his second appearance for the club, Memphis managed just 7 in 45 appearances. He hasn’t scored in seven matches this season.
Memphis has 27 caps with five goals for the Netherlands, and it’s hard to imagine he won’t reinforce his status with a prolific spell in France.
Lyon is fourth in the Ligue 1 table, eight behind third place PSG and 11 points back of leaders Monaco and Nice. The club is in the Round of 32 for the French Cup, and meets AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Europa League.