Seattle Sounders FC moved to 2-0 in training games Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Shandong Luneng of China in a closed game played at Ventura College
Both Sounders goals came from 19-year-old midfielder Sanna Nyassi.
Here's the game report provided by the Sounders:
1st Half Lineup: Ben Dragavon, Adam West, Kyle Schmid, Patrick Ianni, James Riley, Lamar Neagle, Stephen King, Ryan Caugherty, Ryan Pore, Vinicius Oliviera, Jeff Clark
2nd Half Lineup: Kevin Guppy, Evan Brown, Danny Jackson, Mamadou Danso, Emerald George, Fernando Screpis, Stephen King (Nathan Sturgis, 60), Sanna Nyassi, Sebastien Le Toux, Roger Levesque
Nyassi, 56th minute (King)
Nyassi, 75th minute (Le Toux)
The first goal was scored when Stephen King, the only holdover from the first half, sent a ball over the top to Sanna Nyassi on the right side and Nyassi chipped it over the Shandong keeper in the 56th minute.
The second goal was scored when Sebastien Le Toux launched the ball over the offside trap to the speedy Nyassi, who found himself 1-v-1 with the keeper. Nyassi drew the keeper out of the box and went around him, leaving nothing between him and the goal but open turf. He dribbled to point-blank range and hammered it in for the 2-0 lead. Nyassi has three goals and an assist in the first two exhibition games.
Jared Karkas (hamstring) and Taylor Graham (foot contusion) missed the Shandong Luneng scrimmage. Fourth-round pick Michael Fucito (hamstring) has not yet joined the team for training. Jarrod Smith (hip flexor) remains in Seattle. Vagenas is recovering from arthroscopic surgery to trim articular cartilage above his knee. Freddie Ljungberg, who underwent surgery to repair a hip condition in December, continues to rehabilitate in Sweden.
SIGI SCHMID SAID
On his Tuesday lineup: "It was important for us to see how different guys reacted. We had a chance to be able to use some guys in different positions like Evan Brown at left back, and see what he could do there. And we had Sebastien (Le Toux) up front again to see what he could do there. It was good."
On Sanna Nyassi's performance: "He obviously has good speed. If a team is going to play an offside trap, then a player like him or if we had played a player like Steve Zakuani, are going to tear a team like that apart. So that's what Sanna did. He finishes goals well. The first one he finished very well by chipping it over him. The timing of his run was very good. Roger (Levesque) made a very unselfish run to open up that space for him. He was very effective. He's a dangerous player. He's the kind of player that is the kind of guy that can impact the game by coming off the bench, or being in the starting lineup."
On different combinations making roster decisions difficult: "Things are always difficult. That's what they're supposed to do. Supposed to make my job as difficult as possible. If they're not doing that then they're not doing a good job. But actually it's also pretty easy. I think some decisions have become pretty clear. At this stage, things are in our minds getting to pretty much a sharp final point."
Sounders FC will make its public debut on Wednesday night, at the Ventura County Fusion. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Buena High School.
On Friday night, Seattle meets the San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS Central Coast Showcase at San Luis Obispo. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Alex G. Spanos Stadium on the campus of Cal Poly.