Coach Sigi Schmid believes his Seattle Sounders controlled the game from the start.
But they had to wait to the 90th minute and beyond before drawing even and then moving ahead on Brad Evans’ penalty kick in stoppage time for a 2-1 win over CD Olimpia on Wednesday at CenturyLink Field.
The result moves Seattle to the top of CONCACAF Champions League Group F at 1-0-1, followed by Vancouver (0-0-1) and Olimpia (0-1-0).
The Sounders trailed for most of the game before Erik Friberg broke through with an equalizing header in the 90th minute.
Then, deep into stoppage time, Dylan Remick was fouled in the penalty area. After some time-wasting by Olimpia and some internal debate among the Sounders, Evans went to the penalty spot and knocked home the winner.
The visitors from Honduras slipped ahead in the sixth minute, when Oscar Salas sent a long diagonal chip to the front of the Seattle goal, where forward Alberth Elis headed it past Perkins. The Sounders wasted numerous chances befire Friberg’s goal.
Seattle survived with a reserve-heavy lineup, including goalkeeper Troy Perkins and rookie Darwin Jones, who got his first start.
The Sounders will return to MLS play Saturday at Real Salt Lake. Their next CCL match is Aug. 26 in their return visit Olimpia.
Before the match, the Sounders announced that midfielder Marco Pappa had completed the MLS Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program and has been cleared to rejoin the team.
Pappa has been out since last month when he was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
“We support him,” general manager Garth Lagerwey said. “We welcome him back — hopefully his teammates do, too.”
Pappa is expected back at Sounders training Thursday.
SATURDAY: Seattle at Real Salt Lake, 7 p.m., Ch. 13, 97.3-FM