Seattle Sounders vs. Pumas live score, updates, highlights from CONCACAF Champions League final second leg

It all comes down to this. With the aggregate score level at 2-2 after the first leg, there are 90 minutes to decide the winner of the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League final.

No MLS club has ever won the CONCACAF Champions League, and all four previous final appearances by an MLS club featured failure on home soil. Seattle has the next crack, and the home crowd will be unlike any in the past.

Seattle hopes the raucous home crowd is the boost needed to push Major League Soccer to its first regional title since 2000, and its first since the rebrand of the competition in 2008-09. The crowd is expected to set a CONCACAF Champions League attendance record, with over 67,000 tickets already confirmed sold.

Pumas, meanwhile, expects to keep the Liga MX vice grip firmly clamped over the continental competition, with Mexican clubs winning each of the previous 16 competitions. While Liga MX is no stranger to hoisting the trophy, Pumas is not among the previous winners of the CONCACAF Champions League and would love to add a new trophy to the case. The club has, however, topped the continental competition three previous times, all coming in the 1980’s. 

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Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

Seattle Sounders vs. Pumas live score

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Seattle 1

45 min — SEA — Raul Ruidiaz

Seattle Sounds vs. Pumas live updates, highlights commentary

51st min: The 14th foul for Pumas sees Meritao send Ruidiaz tumbling to the turf. Seattle has been whistled for just four fouls. It will be interesting to see how long the official allows Pumas to continue fouling before accumulation cards are produced.

The ensuing corner is a vicious one, but Arreaga’s header pops up into the Seattle night sky, harmlessly over the crossbar.

47th min: Alex Roldan goes hard into Velarde and the Pumas man takes a hard shoulder to the head. Play is stopped and Velarde is attended to. It was a very hard whack right to the noggin, and he seems a bit woozy.

46th min: Back under way for the second half. Seattle has the first-half advantage both on the scoresheet and via momentum swing, but there’s still a ton of soccer left to be played. Juan Dinenno has made his presence known a few times already.

HALFTIME: Seattle 1-0 Pumas

The Seattle Sounders were dealt a double dose of adversity with the injuries to Nouhou and Joao Paulo, and could have collapsed mentally. Instead, the home side, with the crowd at its back, stayed the course and took the lead just before the halftime whistle. Seattle controlled long stretches of the first half, and while the hosts didn’t create many opportunities in front of net, they still felt largely in control.

The goal right before the break wasn’t exactly one for the highlight reel, but it could be the moment that changes CONCACAF Champions League history. Long way to go, and plenty of soccer to come.

45th min: GOAL! SEATTLE! It’s one of the ugliest goals you’ll ever see, but Seattle won’t care, and Lumen Field explodes! John Rusnak’s cross finds Arreaga on the penalty spot with his back to goal, and he lays off to Ruidiaz. The striker’s shot clatters into Diogo, and the ball bobbles over the goal line, almost comically. Talavera had already committed to the shot, and all he could do is watch the ball bounce over the line.

44th min: Stefan Frei just made an outlandish save. It won’t count, because there was a foul whistled just before, but my WORD what a save! Dinenno’s shot headed for the underside of the crossbar, and Frei gets a hand to it. It doesn’t go into the official match timeline, but deserves mention nonetheless.

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42nd min: Seattle building through the attacking third, and Jordan Morris comes flying in from nowhere to produce a sliding shot from the top of the 18-yard-box. It’s nowhere close, skittering well wide left, but it’s a creative chance for Seattle, who has yet to create a truly dangerous opportunity.

35th min: A second yellow card to the Liga MX side as veteran Leonel Lopez arrives late and stamps on Alex Roldan’s foot, earning a caution. Roldan is ok, to the relief of jaded Sounders fans who watched two important players go down early in this one.

32nd min: CHANCE, Pumas! The visitors have the first true chance of the evening, and it’s a letoff for Seattle. A ball from deep by Alvarez is perfectly placed for Corozo clean through, but the Pumas attacker mishits his shot and can’t get it on target. The Pumas coaching staff surrender cobras.

29th min: A heroic block by Yeimar Gomez keeps Dinenno from opening the scoring. The Pumas striker is a threat every time he touches the ball in the penalty area, and nearly used a clever touch to find an opening.

Obed Vargas comes on. Vargas was born three years after Alfredo Talavera made his professional debut.

25th min: Now Joao Paulo is down on the right touchline and requires treatment. He’s holding his right thigh or knee. It doesn’t look good at all, an awkward twist may have done some damage, and Cristian Roldan grimaces as he walks away from the small scrum.

Pumas has committed seven fouls already through 24 minutes, it’s a real concern how physical this game is. Seattle has already seen Nouhou come off injured, now a critical midfield body is in peril. The stretcher is out, and Vargas, a teenager, is warming.

19th min: A long-ball from Frei following a Pumas corner finds Ruidiaz up front, and instead of threading in Lodeiro he takes it himself. A curling effort safely into Talavera’s bread basket. Ruidiaz should have passed it, his curling shot was a decent effort but hardly troubled the Pumas goalkeeper.

15th min: Seattle with a long spell of possession that results in a few half-chances. The latest a Ruidiaz header that’s weak and ends up safely in the arms of Talavera. The ball from Morris on the right flank was behind Ruidiaz who had to move away from goal to get his head to it. A very strong last few minutes for Seattle bracketing the unfortunate substitution.

11th min: Nouhou is subbed off in a lot of pain, and Kellyn Rowe officially comes on. An early blow for Seattle, but for Rowe, this is quite the moment, having lost three previous finals as a professional player, with no wins.

It’s technically a “like-for-like” sub, but those two are far from similar players.

7th min: Wow, a surprising early yellow card for Galindo, who thwacked Nouhou on the thighs on a touchline tackle. Nouhou left limping. It’s a yellow-worthy tackle, but surprising the official goes to the pocket this early. Game likely to have a sting to it, likely wanting to keep a lid on it.

Now Joao Paulo and Lopez both come together and collide, with the referee immediately calling out the trainers. This one’s already gotten physical. Lopez was there late, it’ll be a Seattle free-kick, and probably could have been another yellow if the referee wanted to. He doesn’t.

Nouhou goes down again now, and the stretcher comes out. This would be a big loss and a cruel turn of events for Seattle. Nouhou was fantastic in the first leg. Kellyn Rowe, who had some brilliant pre-match energy, is warming up and could come in. Seattle, for now, plays a man down.

4th min: Pumas charges forward again, and in transition, there’s a lot of space between the Seattle back line and midfield, allowing Pumas to burst forward nearly unchallenged all the way to the top of the box. They’re ultimately dispossessed as Joao Paulo tracks back, but it’s a worrying sight for the home crowd, that will need to be shored up.

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3rd min: Dinenno the early target with a long-ball, and he’s immediately swarmed by a double-team down near the corner flag. Hard to tell if that was by design or just on game flow, but wouldn’t be shocking if it were the former. 2022 CONCACAF Champions League leading scorer rightly attracting attention.

1st min: After a slight delay…Kickoff, we’re under way! Anthems totally drowned out by the wild atmosphere at Lumen Field. Referee Said Martinez officiated last summer’s Gold Cup final.

7 mins before kick: Credit to the city of Seattle, it looks bonkers both inside the stadium and out. Kickoff right around the corner!

40 mins before kick: Pumas is no stranger to playing CONCACAF Champions League matches on the road in the United States, having won two of its three matches north of the border in the current format. The club went to FC Dallas and won 2-0 in 2011-12, and picked up a 3-1 win against the Houston Dynamo in 2008-09. The only failed result was the 3-0 loss to New England earlier in this year’s tournament, which the club famously turned around in the home leg and won on penalties.

50 mins before kick: Lineups are in, and there are only slight surprises. Brian Schmetzer has opted against swapping center-backs, as Yeimar Gomez starts again despite struggling in the first leg, with Jackson Ragen again on the bench. That means the Sounders’ lineup is unchanged from the reverse fixture.

For Pumas, despite the fact that Jesus Rivas played well off the bench at right-back when starter Alan Mozo went down injured, it’s Ricardo Galindo out wide with Arturo Ortiz in the middle, back from suspension in the first leg.

75 mins before kick: The match is still on track to set the CONCACAF Champions League attendance record.

93 mins before kick: Meanwhile, professional sports stars all over Seattle are coming out to support the Sounders, including Sounders part-owner Ken Griffey, Jr. and former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

105 minutes before kick: (5:15 p.m. local):  Pumas fans making themselves heard in the streets. They’ll have an easier time there than inside the stadium.

Seattle Sounders vs. Pumas lineups

The Sounders had the weekend off in league play, with the league moving Seattle’s game against Vancouver to mid-June to give the MLS side a full week to rest up. With that, Seattle has stuck with the same starting lineup from the first leg.

There weren’t likely to be many changes to the starting lineup that took the field last week in Mexico, with the first-choice squad all coming through the match healthy. The only change that Brian Schmetzer could have looked to make would be to bring on Jackson Ragen at center back in place of Yeimar Gomez who struggled mightily in the first leg. Schmetzer resisted the change, and has stuck with Gomez.

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With Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro playing well in the first leg, they lead the attack again. Raul Ruidiaz will look to bring his shooting boots this match after a poor first leg in front of net, while Cristian Roldan will hope to be more of a creative force.

Seattle Sounders projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Frei (GK) — Nouhou, Arreaga, Gomez, A. Roldan — Rusnak, Joao Paulo — Morris, Lodeiro, C. Roldan — Ruidiaz.

Talismanic Pumas striker Juan Ignacio Dinenno wasn’t even supposed to play in the first leg. Not only did Dinenno make the starting lineup, but he scored a brace and caused the Seattle backline problems all evening. Dinenno scored two more goals in a Liga MX win over Pachuca on Sunday, coming off the bench for the final half-hour and bagging a brace, cementing his in-form status.

Alan Mozo suffered an ugly leg injury in the first leg of this matchup, but his young replacement at right back Jesus Rivas did well after coming on. Still, Pumas turns to Ricardo Galindo to fill in along the back line.

Pumas rested a number of defenders in the Pachuca win over the weekend, including Nicolas Freire and Efrain Velarde, plus midfielder Leonel Lopez and attacker Fabio Alvarez. All four return for the continental decider.

Next to Friere at center back, Galindo started the first leg in the middle and deputized at right back in league play on Sunday, but with him again out wide, Arturo Ortiz jumps back into the middle after missing the first leg due to suspension.

Pumas projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Talavera (GK) — Velarde, Freire, Ortiz, Galindo — Lopez, Higor Meri — Diogo, Rogerio, Alvarez — Dinenno.

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How to watch Seattle Sounders vs. Pumas

  • Date: Wednesday, May 4
  • Time: 10 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: FS1 (USA), TUDN (USA), OneSoccer (Canada)
  • Streaming: fuboTV

Like the first leg, the second leg in Seattle will also be broadcast on FS1 (English) and TUDN (Spanish) in the USA, as well as OneSoccer in Canada.

It can also be streamed on fuboTV in both nations, and new users can take advantage of a free trial.

Seattle Sounders vs. Pumas betting lines, picks & prediction

Odds via DraftKings (USA) & Sports Interaction (Canada)

Across the first 90 minutes of this final series, the two sides were evenly matched. But one thing stands out: Seattle created two “big chances” from open play, and missed them both.

Had the Sounders been able to capitalize on those, this would be a very different matchup. Even so, for Seattle to create that many opportunities on the road in Mexico — the Sounders also led the corner count 7-4 and had 171 passes in the opposition half to Pumas’s 119 — an even more impressive performance in front of the home crowd is likely.

And let’s talk about that home crowd. The hosts show up on the field when their fans show up in the seats: Seattle is 7-0-1 in games where the home crowd eclipses 60,000 fans.

The crowd will be jumping, and this Seattle team is resilient. Even an early Pumas goal wouldn’t get the Sounders down. That’s why the expectation is that the Sounders become the first MLS team to hoist the CONCACAF Champions League trophy.

Pick: Seattle Sounders to win & both teams to score (+275 on DraftKings)

Prediction: Seattle Sounders 3-1 Pumas

(Sports Interaction)
Seattle Sounders Win -110 -111
Draw +250 +225
Pumas Win +300 +250
Both teams
to score Y / N
-135 / +100 -159 / +101
Over / Under
2.5 goals
-105 / -120 -108 / -128
Sounders -0.5 -110 -106
Pumas +0.5 -110 -125

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