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There is a reason why Sigi Schmid's Seattle Sounders FC are at the top of this week's MLS Power Rankings.
Not only did they upset the defending CONCACAF Champions League winners, but they also pulled off one of the most lopsided results in recent memory over the weekend.
On Tuesday, Alvaro Fernandez's 38th minute goal powered Seattle to a historic 1-0 victory over C.F. Monterrey at the Estadio Tecnologico in Champions League play.
Returning to league action, Seattle produced one of the most one-sided results in history: a 6-2 beatdown of the Columbus Crew.
Lamar Neagle scored a hat trick with goals in the fourth, 21st and 70th minutes. Also on the score sheet for the Sounders were Mauro Rosales in the 16th minute and Mike Fucito, who opened his league scoring account in the 40th minute of play.
“It’s a great feeling knowing that you’re capable. When that comes along, your confidence is sky high. You know you can play with any of these guys and with our depth, everybody is getting better and better in training,” Neagle told SoundersFC.com's Matt Gaschk.
“If I have an open shot, I’m going to take it. But the way I’m playing lately, they’ve been coming more often.”
This week, Seattle return to U.S. Open Cup competition when they take on FC Dallas on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at the Starfire Sports Complex.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised on the web at SoundersFC.com.
Seattle's next league game will be on Saturday, Sept. 10 when they host Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by KING 5.