Final: Saprissa takes advantage of the Keller error to advance to the knockout round. More to come.
90+3′: MISS! Fucito with an open shot just over the bar.
90′: Four minutes stoppage.
90′: Red card to Saprissa’s Robinson for a second booking.
87′: GOAL SAPRISSA! A tough-angled shot by Josue Martinez goes through Keller’s hands and off the post and in. An unlikely go-ahead goal that Kasey will want back.
84′: Seattle sub: Nyassi in for Jaqua. Look out now.
83′: Sounders FC with the better of the action as the teams press for a winner.
80′: Jaqua booked.
76′: Seattle sub: Estrada in for Levesque.
75′: Lot of fouls and frustration out there right now.
72′: Montano down again, this time draws the foul. His free kick is just over Taylor Graham. Saprissa makes its last sub, Luis Cordero in for Javier Loaiza.
70′: Montano booked for diving.
69′: Saprissa sub: Alonso Solis in for Mauricio Castillo.
68′: Montano springs Fucito on a nice run down the left, but the cross is blocked at the last moment.
63′: Yellow card issued to Saprissa’s Alexander Robinson for a foul on Fucito.
62′: Seattle sub: Montano in for Vagenas.
61′: Qwest Field crowd of 11,434. The smallest ever for a Sounders FC game here.
58′: Good run by Tyson Wahl, but on a pass back by Fucito, he’s called offside.
56′: Saprissa sub: Josue Martinez on for Alejandro Sequeira.
54′: Getting a little chippy out here. The ref, with a quick whistle, is handling it well.
52′: Saprissa defender Gabriel Badilla gets very physical with Alvaro, takes him out and gets a yellow card. Nothing comes of the free kick.
48′: Yellow card to Fernandez. Little argument there.
46′: And we’re off in the second half. No apparent subs.
Halftime: Some stats…
Shots: SEA 6, SAP 4
Shots on goal: SEA 3, SAP 3
Fouls: SEA 8, SAP 6
Offsides: SEA 0, SAP 4
Corner kicks: SEA 2, SAP 2
Saves: SEA 2, SAP 2
Halftime: Score tied 1-1 here. I think that’s about right. Pretty evenly played match so far. More to come.
45′: One minute of stoppage time. Sounders with the better of the possession tonight, but Saprissa is dangerous on the counterattack.
43′: Levesque clocked on a cross, but he’s up and at ’em.
37′: Saprissa playing some good soccer at times tonight. A couple of the guys, like midfielder Ricardo Blanco, have good skill.
33′: Great run by Alvaro, taken out by Jose Mena. Earns a booking. Fucito skies the free kick.
30′: Probably a dozen or so Costa Rica flags here tonight.
26′: GOAL SAPRISSA! Scott and Keller with a bit of miscommunication on a ball rolling toward the Seattle net. Neither goes for it and Jairo Arrieta gets behind ’em all for a tap-in goal. Score tied 1-1.
24′: Zach Scott slides into the boards, but play is delayed on the other end as a Saprissa defender is down. It’s a short break though.
20′: Good defense by Taylor Graham on a dangerous chance for Saprissa. Might’ve prevented an equalizer there.
17′: GOAL SEATTLE! Alvaro Fernandez fires a shot on a loose ball in the box. It’s blocked but Nate Jaqua is there to tap in the rebound. Sounders FC up 1-0.
16′: Offside flag up on Saprissa. Not the first time they’ve had an attack ended on that kind of call.
12′: Jaqua very active so far. Good start for him.
8′: The ball ends up in the Saprissa net after a massive collision in front. The goal is waved off. Fucito might’ve got the word of it for Seattle. A defender needs treatment too.
6′: Terry Boss with a hip flexor injury — probably the reason Keller is starting. On the other end, Jaqua heads a Scott cross right at the Saprissa goalkeeper.
4′: Great combo work from Jaqua, Levesque, Seamon and Fucito. The second-year forward fires a shot wide, however.
2′: Saprissa with just three defenders. Forces Fucito to drop back a little.
1′: And we’re off. Fucito and Jaqua up top. Levesque wide left. Fernandez wide right.
Pregame: Alvaro Fernandez got the biggest cheer during the starting lineups from what I heard.
Pregame: We’re about 20 minutes from kickoff. Sounders FC with bits of electricity yellow in the warmups. Saprissa in purple. Sparse crowd here, but that’s to be expected.