Seattle Sounders opened their CONCACAF Champions League account with a come-from-behind 4-1 victory over Honduras outfit Comunicaciones.
Jairo Arreola put the visitors ahead in just the second minute at CenturyLink Field but the Sounders soon kicked into gear by leveling in the 35th minute when Brad Evans headed home Michael Fucito’s cross.
Despite Lamar Neagle getting his marching orders ten minutes into the second half for a poor challenge, the Sounders kept pushing as Fucito then became goalscorer in the 61st minute when he ran onto a neat pass from Fredy Montero to slot home before adding a second six minutes later.
The match was essentially wrapped up when Comunicaciones defender Edgar Martinez received a red card for abusive language before teammate Rigoberto Gomez knocked the ball into the back of his own net to make it 4-1 to send the Sounders to the top of the Group D table after just one game.
Sigi Schmid’s men next take on reigning champions Monterrey on August 23 whilst the Mexicans kick-off their title defence against Costa Rica club Herediano tonight.