For over 70 minutes, the Seattle Sounders took a shelling at Estadio Universitario but Tigres failed to convert their chances. It wasn’t until the 73rd that the home side broke the stalemate in controversial fashion.
The ball was played into the area where Lucas Lobo took a point blank shot at Sounders keeper Michael Gspurning. The rebound landed at the feet of late game substitute Alan Pulido, who was offside at the onset of the play, and he buried the winner. The referee didn’t make the call since the attacker was not directly involved nor did he influence the play itself (see: passive offside rule). Lobo, on the other hand, was onside when he made his run, which allowed the initial shot to count.
Controversy aside, it is an encouraging result for Seattle which by all means should have been down a few goals at the completion of the match. The Sounders have no MLS fixtures this weekend, allowing them to concentrate fully on their home leg this Tuesday against Tigres at CenturyLink Field.