Here's the club's report from it's final day of Arizona training:
The Seattle Sounders FC concluded its two-week stay at Grande Sports World with a training game against Chivas USA on Saturday morning. David Estrada scored in the second half as Sounders FC (2-1-1) won, 1-nil, over two 45-minute halves. After a scoreless first half, Estrada scored the game’s lone goal in the 75th minute. Jonathan Prieto beat the Chivas USA defense and played a ball to Miguel Montaño at the far post. Montaño passed it back to Estrada in front of goal and he put the ball in the back of the net. Sounders FC were goal-dangerous throughout the second half. Jonathan Prieto swung a cross into the box after a Seattle corner kick in the 67th minute and Lamar Neagle’s header sailed just over the crossbar. Neagle had another scoring opportunity in the 71st minute when he dribbled through the Chivas USA back line and shot from close-range at the near post, but goalkeeper Sergio Arias deflected the ball out for a corner kick. A ball fell to Servando Carrasco outside of the box in the 59th minute but his hard shot was saved by Thornton. In the first half, Fredy Montero played a ball to Mike Fucito in the 20th minute and Fucito turned quickly on the ball and struck a low shot from just outside the 18-yard box that Zach Thornton was able to save. Erik Friberg and Alvaro Fernandez combined in the midfield and played Montero into the box in the 41st minute but his chip shot was saved by Thornton. Seattle earned its second clean sheet in four preseason games. Sounders FC goalkeepers were tested on a pair of dangerous shots. Kasey Keller dived to his right to stop Blair Gavin’s hard shot in the 26th minute and Terry Boss made a diving save on Memo Torres’ hard strike in the 73rd minute. Scoring SummarySEA – David Estrada (Miguel Montaño, Jonathan Prieto) 75’ Caution Summary SEA – Tyson Wahl (caution) 30’CHV – Zarek Valentin (caution) 56’ Sounders FC Lineup Game 1: Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Danny Earls, Alvaro Fernandez, Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg, Steve Zakuani, Fredy Montero, Mike Fucito. Game 2: Terry Boss, Roger Levesque, Zach Scott, Leone Cruz, Michael Tetteh, Lamar Neagle, Servando Carrasco, Jonathan Prieto, Miguel Montaño, David Estrada, Seedy Bah. Chivas USA LineupZach Thornton (Sergio Arias 60’), Zarek Valentin (Jimmy Asprilla 60’), Jimmy Conrad (Trialist 60’), Michael Umana (Andrew Boyens 60’), Ante Jazic (Jorge Flores 60’), Michael LaHoud (Ben Zemanski 60’), Victor Estupinan (Sal Zizzo 60’), Blair Gavin (Memo Torres 60’), Gerson Mayen (Mariano Trujillo 60’), Francisco Mendoza (Jesus Padilla 60’), Alan Gordon (Chukwudi Chijindu. 60’). Up NextSounders FC returns to Seattle on Saturday night and will have three days off. The club returns to training at Starfire Sports Complex on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Injury UpdateSeveral players were held out of Saturday’s training game; none due to injury. Quotes from Head Coach Sigi Schmid(On the training game…) “Obviously I thought the first 45 minutes Chivas had more of the game. I thought we were not very cohesive in our play and I know our guys are good pros and I know when they look at the mirror today they are not going to be happy with it. But the second half I thought we came in and played with a lot of energy. The guys knew that they were battling for spots to get on the plane to Florida and a lot of guys stepped up their game and it was very good.” (On defensive effort…) “The defending was good. [Kasey] Keller had to handle the ball I thought a little too much in the first half. People came back and covered and were strong on tackles, especially that second group. I thought Michael Tetteh played well and was strong on tackles. [Leone] Cruz played much better today. Roger Levesque at right back continues to do alright back there. Servando Carrasco played well in defensive midfield. I think defensively for the first group I thought Tyson Wahl played well as a center back. I thought Jhon Kennedy [Hurtado] was good again and obviously [Osvaldo] Alonso always gives you defensive effort.” (On David Estrada’s goal…) “It was a play that was created off of energy. The guys worked hard. Jonathan Prieto makes a good late run into the box and gets on the end. The other people are getting into the box so they can get on the end of the cross and the ball comes free to David Estrada who continued to follow the play and he bangs it in, which is the key thing. Sometimes we give up on plays and we don’t want to give up on plays. We want to make sure we stay in place and continue it because you never know what’s going to happen at the end.” (On the two weeks at Grande Sports World…) “Halftime wasn’t very positive for me but it ended on a positive note. It’s been good. It’s been a long two weeks. I think the guys are ready to get back to Seattle and to get on the plane today and it’ll be good for them to get back to Seattle. It’ll be good to get back to their families and probably to get away from each other for a few days is also good. But our work is not completed in preseason and we will continue to work hard.” Baby on BoardSounders FC defender Leo Gonzalez rushed out of the team hotel early this morning to return to Seattle for the birth of his second child. Throw-ins Owner/General Manager Adrian Hanauer and Technical Director Chris Henderson were again on hand to watch the training game…Over 200 fans filled the sideline at the training game, most in support of Sounders FC. After David Estrada’s goal, the crowd chanted “Seattle Sounders”… Chivas USA arrived at Grande Sports World on Friday afternoon…The upcoming three-day break will be the longest time off since players began preseason training on January 25
The team will begin three days of training at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila on Tuesday.