SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Sounders FC struggled to score for the first 89 minutes against CD Olimpia in their CONCACAF Champions League matchup. Midfielders Erik Friberg and Brad Evans scored late goals to give the home side a 2-1 victory over their foes from Honduras.
CD Olimpia tallied the first goal of the match in the fifth minute on a set-piece header by forward Alberth Ellis, who received a well-placed free kick from midfielder Oscar Salas.
Seattle had multiple opportunities to tie or take the lead before their late-game comeback. In the first half midfielder Aaron Kovar watched as Olimpia keeper Noel Valladares used his fingers to direct the ball just wide of the net. Later in the half, Kovar rattled the post on a rocket shot that appeared headed inside the corner of the net.
The young midfielder’s second-half free kick hit the bar for the second time. Kovar’s persistence paid off when his long throw-in with one minute left in regulation was redirected into the air by an Olimpia defender to Friberg positioned near the right post. Friberg headed the ball into the net to draw the match even.
In added time, Seattle defender Dylan Remick fell to the pitch after midfielder Arnold Peralta’s hard tackle inside the box. With emotions and tempers on edge, Evans converted the penalty and taunted Valladares as he was mobbed by the other Sounders FC players. The Olimpia keeper and his teammates didn’t take kindly to Evans’ celebration with both sides taunting and pushing each other near the goal.
With the victory, Seattle sits atop the Group F standings with four points. They travel to Honduras for another clash against CD Olimpia on August 26.