The man with “Rifle” on the back of his jersey ended Seattle’s CONCACAF Champions League dreams and dropped MLS teams to 0-3 against Liga MX teams in this year’s quarterfinals.
Andres Andrade scored a second half goal to give Club America a 3-1 lead in the second leg — 5-3 on aggregate — and Darwin Quintero and Oribe Peralta also scored in the win.
Paul Aguilar had an own goal that briefly gave Seattle a lead, but Las Águilas ultimately advanced to the semifinals and are two rounds from repeating as champions.
Quintero appeared to have Stefan Frei beaten in the 19th minute, but Brad Evans made a timely block to keep it 0-0.
Clint Dempsey took a cleat to the face and was cut open in the 29th minute. There was no card for Club America, and while it looked accidental in real-time, well, let’s just say you could convince me otherwise after the replay.
Frei made a huge left-paw save in the 30th minute, and the ensuing corner kick saw a collision of heads lead to another stoppage in play.
Seattle broke through when Osvaldo Alonso’s cross skittered off Paul Aguilar and went home for an own goal, but Club America made it 1-1 within 86 seconds of going down. Quintero rose over Tyrone Mears to head an equalizer past Frei, another quickfire concession from Seattle in the CCL.
It was 3-3 on aggregate, and Club America was again set to go through if Seattle couldn’t score.
That didn’t change much when Peralta scored before halftime. Evans wasn’t in the right spot and couldn’t reach a looping cross. Peralta could, and headed past Frei.