The Seattle Sounders scheduled a friendly with Club Tijuana to get an early taste of CONCACAF Champions League.
What played out Tuesday was actually more of a cross between CCL and the USL, as the Sounders and Xolos mixed regular starters with deep reserves in playing to a 2-2 draw at CenturyLink Field.
For the first 20 minutes, the Sounders seemed in compete domination, breaking ahead in the 11th minute on a Lamar Neagle header, assisted by Cristian Roldan and Aaron Kovar.
However, Tijuana equalized very much against the run of play in the 21st minute when Dayro Moreno found space behind the defense, banged a tightly angled shot against the far post and then returned an even more tightly angled rebound into the net.
Seven minutes later, the Xolos moved ahead, again countering behind the Seattle defense with Moreno assisting Richard Ruiz.
Seattle substituted heavily in the second half, trying to keep the roster fresh for the club’s return to Major League Soccer play Saturday at FC Dallas.
One of those newcomers got the equalizer in the 57th minute when Andy Rose slipped behind the Xolos’ defense. Kovar earned another assist.
The game was delayed about 20 minutes to accommodate a late-arriving crowd due to traffic troubles in Seattle. Final announced attendance was 39,115.