Sorry I'm late with this, but here's the club's update on its Monday training in Florida, including a 2-0 loss to FC Dallas.
The Seattle Sounders FC traveled to Orlando on Monday to face FC Dallas in a training game at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Sounders FC fell to Dallas, 2-0, over two 45-minute halves.
Brek Shea scored and assisted as FC Dallas netted two first-half goals and, despite a handful of scoring opportunities for Sounders FC, Seattle (2-2-1) was unable to find the back of the net.
Marvin Chavez scored the game’s first goal in the 21st minute when Shea found him at the right post and Chavez knocked it past Terry Boss. Dallas added a second tally just minutes later as David Ferreira served a cross into the box that Shea headed just under the crossbar.
Sounders FC began the game with a strong attack as Mike Fucito nearly put one past Kevin Hartman in the 4th minute. Servando Carrasco took a pass from Richard Martinez and played Fucito into the box but his hard shot was pushed over the crossbar for a corner kick.
Blaise Nkufo got on the end of a long ball in the Dallas box in the 29th minute and appeared to earn a penalty as a Dallas defender handled the ball but Nkufo was flagged offside.
Nkufo also had a strong header at the far post in the 19th minute but Hartman was able to make the save. It was Nkufo’s first training game of the preseason as he was held out of the previous matches due to a calf strain.
Seattle continued its dangerous attack throughout the second half. Zach Scott’s header off a free kick in the 59th minute caught goalkeeper Chris Seitz off guard but the ball sailed just over the frame.
Rookie Leone Cruz got on the end of a Mike Seamon corner kick in the 80th minute but his header in traffic was cleared off the line by defender Moises Hernandez.
Dallas played a man down for the final 25 minutes as Andrew Jacobson was shown a straight red for a tackle from behind on Fredy Montero.
Defender Taylor Graham and forward Pat Noonan played their first minutes in preseason play, both going the final 26 minutes. Trialist Richard Martinez saw his first action in Rave Green as he started at right back and played the first 45 minutes.
Several Sounders FC players were held out of Monday’s training game and are expected to play significant minutes against Houston on Tuesday.
Scoring SummaryDAL – Marvin Chavez (Brek Shea) 21’DAL – Brek Shea (David Ferreira) 27’
Discipline SummaryDAL – Jackson (caution) 19’SEA – Danny Earls (caution) 26’SEA – Servando Carrasco (caution) 33’SEA – Michael Tetteh (caution) 70’DAL – Andrew Jacobson (ejection) 75’
Sounders FC LineupTerry Boss (Bryan Meredith 46), Richard Martinez (Roger Levesque 46), Zach Scott (Taylor Graham 64), Tyson Wahl (Leone Cruz 64), Danny Earls (Michael Tetteh 46), David Estrada (Pat Noonan 64), Servando Carrasco (Osvaldo Alonso 64), Brad Evans (Mike Seamon 30), Lamar Neagle (Jonathan Prieto 64), Blaise Nkufo (Miguel Montaño 46), Mike Fucito (Fredy Montero 64).
FC Dallas LineupKevin Hartman (Chris Seitz 46), Jair Benitez (Moises Hernandez 46), Alexis Pradie (Scott Gordon 58), Zach Loyd, Jackson (Andrew Wiedeman 65), Daniel Hernandez (Bobby Warshaw 46), Eric Alexander (Andrew Jacobson 46), David Ferreira (Maykel Galindo 46), Brek Shea (Paul Ogunyemi 67), Marvin Chavez (Eric Avila 59), Ruben Luna (Milton Rodriguez 46, Bruno Guarda 75).
Up NextSounders FC will stay overnight in Orlando and will face the Houston Dynamo in a training game.Injury UpdateForward Nate Jaqua, midfielder Erik Friberg and defender Pat Ianni were held out of the training game.
SIGI SCHMIDOn the training game…) “Obviously it’s not the result that we want and results do matter. It’s important to get in the habit of winning but we had to make a decision between these two games coming so close together as to which group would play which game and we decided the one group would play the second game, which is probably our stronger group. But I thought the guys did well. Obviously they finished a great second goal. For them it was a good header by Brek Shea. We should have gotten better in our marking but the first goal was a deflection for them a little bit on the cross – unfortunate. Kevin Hartman makes a couple of big saves. They save one off the line in the second half. [Miguel] Montaño has a shot saved as well from distance. Overall, I thought our soccer has definitely taken a step forward from Arizona.”On players who saw their first preseason action…) “All three of those guys [Blaise Nkufo, Pat Noonan and Taylor Graham] being back on the field was good. Blaise played with that one group because we wanted to get him into a rhythm where we could play him again against Chicago so we wanted to give him maximum days off in between games. It was good to have him out there. Pat probably tried a little bit too much. The first game you have got to let it settle again for yourself. It’s good to have Taylor out there again. We got a chance to see Richard Martinez again today, so all of those things are important. We got a chance more to see some guys in different positions as well. Basically the decision point is coming up so we have got to make decisions soon.”
On impressions of group…) “I thought our soccer was better. I thought we did a better job of holding the ball. We did a better job of knocking the ball around. I think our quality in our final passes has to be better. That’s something that needs to come. I thought we competed. There were still times when we have got to be stronger on the ball. I also think certain guys stepped up. I thought in the first half Servando Carrasco played very well. He was probably our best player I thought in that period of time. I thought Tyson Wahl and Zach Scott in the middle of the back played well with [Pat] Ianni out injured. [Erik] Friberg’s out injured now too. That hurt us a little bit. I thought what was good for us was our soccer was better. Our decisions as to when to go forward, when to hold onto the ball were better.”