Marathon eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League


Marathon - San Pedro Sula Soccer TeamMarathon was eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) last night after their 3-2 defeat against the Seattle Sounders of the MLS in a dramatic match at the Olympic stadium in San Pedro Sula.

Marathon suffered from the very beginning as just 11 minutes into the soccer game, the Honduran Mario Martinez made a was taken by his ex-neighbor (since he played for Real España). He sent a precise center that Mexican Samuel Ochoa connected with a head shot and left no chance for Jose Mendoza making the match 1-0. But Marathon was able to find the equalizer and 21 minutes into the soccer game, the U.S. goalkeeper Michael Gspurning committed a penalty against Mitchel Brown which Mario Berrios converted into a goal.

The Americans, as usual, looked for the win and at the 61 minute mark, the experienced Eddie Johnson trapped a ball in the red zone, and with a classy right shot he defeated Mendoza for the goal.

Marathon were then on the ropes and got a penalty by Ianni on Julian Rapalo. Again, Berrios sent it deep into the goal at the 66 minute mark. The Seattle Sounders did not give up and 77 minutes into the match, Cuban Osvaldo Alonso accurately focused on the well rested Brad Evans for a head shot and sent the ball to net making the final 3-2.

Team Rosters:

MARATHÓN: José Mendoza; Luis Castro, Pastor Martínez (Quiarol Arzú, min.76), Mauricio Sabillón, Julián Rápalo; Mario Berríos, Reinieri Mayorquín, Mariano Acevedo, Júnior Zandoval (Cristian Altamirano, min.46); Randy Diamond (Rony Flores, min.69) y Mitchel Brown.

Coach: Manuel Keosseián.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS: Michael Gspurning; Patrick Ianni, Marc Burch, Zach Scott, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado; Servando Carrasco, Alex Caskey (Osvaldo Alonso, min.61), Andy Rose (Brad Evans, min.69), Mario Martínez; Eddie Johnson (Freddy Montero, min.75) y Samuel Ochoa.


Coach: Sigi Schmid.
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