Alejandro Diaz’s stoppage time goal earned Club Necaxa a 1-1 tie against the Seattle Sounders in Saturday night’s international friendly between the Mexican Club and the MLS defending Champions at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle Sounder midfielder Alvaro Fernandez’s 83rd-minute goal looked like the game winner until Diaz’s stoppage time effort in front of an announced crowd of 38, 045 fans.
The International friendly against Necaxa was just north of a controlled scrimmage for the defending MLS Champions. The Sounders rested most of the starters who were not called up for national team duty and head coach Brian Schmetzer was able to use the game as a showcase for the younger players. Jordy Delem, Nouhou Tolo, Zach Mathers, and Henry Wingo all got first team starts.
Veterans Tyler Miller, Harry Shipp, Will Bruin and game captain Cristian Roldan were in the lineup to balance youth with experience. The experiment worked in that the game was fast paced, had a decent amount of flow for the fans to enjoy a wide open match.
The Sounders return to MLS action next Friday night, when they take on expansion side Atlanta United FC in at CenturyLink Field (March 31; FS1; KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, El Rey 1360am | TICKETS).
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