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April 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Monterrey defends CCL title (Thursday links)

What a thrilling game in Torreon, Mexico, Wednesday night. Be sure to check out the highlights above.

It started out with defending CCL champion Monterrey taking a two-goal series lead into the second leg of the 2011-12 final against Santos Laguna. But that advantage disappeared on fine goals by Daniel Luduena (45’+3′) and Oribe Peralta (51′) — and it would’ve been worse were it not for some superb goalkeeping by Monterrey’s Jonathan Orozco.

With the series level at two goals apiece, the visitors fought back and found a winner through Neri Cardozo in the 82nd minute. After a give-and-go with super sub Walter Ayovi, Cardozo fired a shot that took a wicked deflection past Santos goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez.

Monterrey, without star forward Humberto Suazo due to yellow card accumulation, held on to win 3-2 on aggregate for its second-straight CCL title. Los Rayados will play for the FIFA Club World Cup later this year.

Santos has lost in a final for the fourth time in three years.

Let’s get to some links:

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— The Sounders Women have sold out the 4,500 capacity at Starfire Stadium for their May 4 exhibition against the University of Washington, but additional bleacher seats will be installed. Those tickets go on sale at 3 p.m. Thursday at SoundersWomen.com.

— The Sounders FC U-23s, the PDL affiliate of Seattle’s MLS team, has signed three more players for the 2012 season: midfielder Fernando Monge, midfielder Chase Hanson and goalkeeper Doug Herrick. Each played locally in high school.

Here’s a good story that came out of last weekend’s Sueno MLS tryouts at Starfire.

— Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas played to a 1-1 tie last night. MLSsoccer.com has the highlights.

— Portland had some news Wednesday in the signing of Scottish defender Steven Smith and the departure of midfielder James Marcelin, who appears to have overstayed his welcome. This story provides one possibility to Marcelin’s non-soccer-related release.

Columbus, Colorado and Chicago have all announced international signings this morning.

— Looks like a Barcelona camp could be coming to Seattle this summer. Something to keep an eye on.

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