Seattle Sounders FC erupted for three goals in a 10-minute span Tuesday, routing Tristán Suárez 5-0 in La Plata, Argentina.
Here's the Sounders report:
Sebastien Le Toux factored in three goals before scoring one of his own in the dying minutes. Michael Fucito, Fredy Montero, Brad Evans and Zach Scott also scored for Seattle against the second division opponents from Buenos Aires.
Seattle has won two and tied once during its stay in Argentina. During the unbeaten run it is 4-0-1 and it is 7-1-1 overall.
The training game was split into three 30-minute periods, with many of the projected starters comprising a unit which played the final hour. Fucito, starting up front, opened the scoring in the 25th minute. He intercepted a ball just inside the halfway line, fed Roger Levesque and took the return pass to beat the onrushing keeper from 18 yards.
After Fucito's goal late in the first period put Seattle on top, Le Toux assisted on two quick strikes to begin the second stanza. In the 33rd minute he cut the ball back for a clinical 10-yard finish by Montero, his 10th goal of the preseason. Five minutes later, Le Toux found Evans open at the top of the box for a drive into the right corner for 3-0.
Corner kicks set-up the final two Sounders FC goals. In the 43rd minute a Le Toux corner was weakly punched by the Tristán Suárez keeper. Patrick Ianni headed it back into Scott, whose header found the net from a sharp angle to the left. Le Toux flashed near post to nod home Montero's corner from short range shortly before the final whistle. It was the first goal of the preseason for Le Toux.
None of the three Seattle keepers was seriously tested by the Tristán Suárez attack.
Sounders FC completes the tour on Thursday morning at 9:30 A.M. local (3:30 A.M. PT) at River Plate, before heading for home later that night.
SEA-Fucito (Levesque) 25'
SEA-Montero (Le Toux, Jaqua) 33'
SEA-Evans (Le Toux, Nyassi) 38'
SEA-Scott (Ianni) 43'
SEA-Le Toux (Montero) 89'
Seattle Sounders FC Lineups (4-4-2):
First 30-Minute Period: Chris Eylander; Zach Scott, Tyson Wahl, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Evan Brown; Jared Karkas, Nathan Sturgis, Stephen King, Ely Allen; Michael Fucito, Roger Levesque
Second 30-Minute Period: Kasey Keller; Zach Scott, Tyrone Marshall, Patrick Ianni, James Riley; Sebastien Le Toux, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Sanna Nyassi; Nate Jaqua, Fredy Montero
Third 30-Minute Period: Evan Bush; Tyson Wahl, Tyrone Marshall, Patrick Ianni, James Riley; Sebastien Le Toux, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Sanna Nyassi; Nate Jaqua, Fredy Montero
Notes: Although Tristan Suarez is based in Buenos Aires, where Sounders FC is staying, the game was played an hour away due to the lack of available fields…After Monday's game was canceled, the only available practice site was an artificial turf surface in downtown Buenos Aires…Evan Bush made his debut in goal, playing the final 30 minutes, but he was not required to make a save. ..A total of 11 players played 60 minutes.
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SIGI SCHMID SAID:
On the changes made to the schedule: "Obviously you have to be flexible and with the weather situation and schedule adjustment, the game was not the opponent we were expecting to play today. So we wanted to get some fitness work out of it and get some guys to at least play 60 minutes. I thought when the second group, they played fairly clean the first 30 minutes and then it's tough sometimes when the game becomes easier to maintain your motivation as a player and I thought the first group played well too."
On the unit that played the second two periods: "You try to talk to them about maintaining good habits and doing things the way they should be done, but I know as a player, when you're out there on the field, you say it's a little bit easier and you tend to drop. But you still learn things from it. For us to be able to learn to play the ball into the space sooner , which we did today and played some guys in. To see Seba (Sebastien) score a goal on header, which he doesn't do very often , so that that was a good thing to see."
On the unit that played the first period: "It was good to see Fucito play because he's had the hamstring injury. To see him play up front and get a goal is good, because I'm sure that helps his confidence. It was really the first time Karkas has been able to play. He showed he could get up and down the line a little bit. He got in a couple of times and because he's only been able to train 3-4 full days with us, that was encouraging to see. It was good to see Nate Sturgis play in the middle so that we know that is an option, if we need that option. It was good to see Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. You could see he was a lot more comfortable today playing than he was the first game."
MICHAEL FUCITO on his goal:
"We were pressuring up at about midfield. I was able pick-pocket the guy with the ball to Roger. Roger played a nice ball through to me and finished it with my right foot."