Man U wins, 7-0. Six of the goals games in the second half. Three of those were from Wayne Rooney, who sat out the first half. Gabriel Obertan added the final score in the 89th minute.
Here's coach Sigi Schmid's early reaction:
"It was 1-0 at halftime. Were they six goals better than us in the second half? Yeah, they were. Because they finished their chances and we didn’t finish ours. I thought we had an equal amount of good chances, but that’s the difference obviously in the quality and the level of play and their ability to finish.
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"I need to apologize to our fans because I thought we embarrassed ourselves in the second half. Not to take anything away from Man United, because they’re a great team and they scored some great goals and the movement was superb. We wanted to reward all of the guys on our team – we wanted to reward everybody. I think in retrospect that was a mistake. I should have just played guys and brought some guys off the bench and not try to get everybody in the game. But we’ve had a hard season. We’ve worked very hard. We’ve played very well. I wanted to reward all the guys with the opportunity to get on the field against Man United. Unfortunately, they didn’t reward themselves.
"Obviously it was going to be a difficult game from the beginning because it’s a quality team. But if we play our starters for a longer period of time … you know Tyson Wahl getting injured the day before and not playing, that’s one starter down. Brad Evans going down right away when he goes in again doesn’t help us. I think we could have kept the game in check. If we finish the chances we had in the first half we also get a little bit more of the game. But this is definitely for me, I know it’s my most embarrassing loss personally – and again it’s not to take anything away because I think they’re an unbelievably good team."
I'll add more quotes in new posts above. Here are the stats:
Scoring Summary: MNU -- Michael Owen (Patrice Evra, Ashley Young) 15MNU -- Mame Biram Diouf (unassisted) 49MNU -- Wayne Rooney (Nani) 51MNU -- Wayne Rooney (unassisted) 69MNU -- Ji-Sung Park (Wayne Rooney) 71MNU -- Wayne Rooney (Gabriel Obertan) 72MNU -- Gabriel Obertan (unassisted) 88 Manchester United-- Anders Lindegarrd (Ben Amos 46), Rafael Da Silva, Nemanja Vidic (Jonny Evans 56), Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra (Fabio Da Silva 56), Nani (Gabriel Obertan 56), Anderson, Ryan Giggs (Ji-Sung Park 46), Ashley Young (Michael Carrick 66), Michael Owen (Mame Biram Diouf 46), Federico Macheda (Wayne Rooney 46).
Substitutes Not Used: Phil Jones, David De Gea, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley.
TOTAL SHOTS: 20 (Wayne Rooney 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 12 (Michael Owen 3, Wayne Rooney 3); FOULS: 8 (Anderson 2, Mame Biram Diouf 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Federico Macheda 1); CORNER KICKS: 10 (Ryan Giggs 3, Ashley Young 3); SAVES: 7 (Anders Lindegarrd 4)
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller (Terry Boss 46), James Riley (David Estrada 73), Jeff Parke (Michael Tetteh 64), Patrick Ianni (Taylor Graham 64), Leo Gonzalez (Zach Scott 46), Mauro Rosales (Servando Carrasco 46), Osvaldo Alonso (Brad Evans 46) (Mike Seamon 64), Erik Friberg (Pat Noonan 46) (Mrisho Alfani Ngassa 76), Alvaro Fernandez (Lamar Neagle 46) (O'Brian White 76), Roger Levesque (Nate Jaqua 46) (Miguel Montano 76), Fredy Montero (Mike Fucito 46).
Substitutes Not Used: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Josh Ford.
TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Fredy Montero 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Alvaro Fernandez 2, Mike Fucito 2); FOULS: 6 (6 tied with 1); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 8 (Mike Fucito 3); SAVES: 5 (Kasey Keller 3)
Referee: Baldomero ToledoReferee's Assistants:-Fabio Tovar; Ian Anderson4th Official: Juan GuzmanAttendance: 67,052Time of Game: 1:48Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-70-degrees
77th minute: O'Brian White in for Sounders ... his first appearance since April 22.
69th, 71st and 72nd minutes: Gulp. Three quick goals by Man U and it's up to 6-0. And Wayne Rooney has a hat trick in about 18 minutes on the pitch.
On a happier note, the crowd is 67,052 ... the largest ever to watch a soccer match in the Pacific Northwest
51st minute: GOAL Man U. A pass through the box makes its way to Rooney who mashes it into the back of the net. Man U, 3-0.
50th minute: GOAL Man U. Mame Biram Diouf beats Boss to a pass in the box from Nani. Diouf turns and fires into open net.
Second half: ... has begun. Very new-look lineups, including Wayne Rooney in for Man U. Terry Boss in goal for Sounders.
Halftime: Man U up 1-0 ... and only that in part to a great one-on-one save by Keller on Owen, who had slipped alone into the penalty area.
Seattle had 10 shots to Man U's nine. Man U put six on goal to Seattle's four. Man U had eight corners to Seattle's two.
Expect massive substitutions when the teams come back out.
15th minute: GOAL Man U. Sounders had the better chances over the opening 15 minutes, but Evra got a cross off just before being shoved off the pitch by James Riley. Ball right onto Michael Owen's head, and he knocks it into net.
Kickoff: We're under way. Upper deck has folks seated to the top in all directions, but lots of empty seats for now. Probably just late-arriving however. I hear traffic is waaay nasty out there ... especially from the north.
Lineups: For Sounders: GK Keller; D Riley, Parke, Ianni, Gonzalez; M Rosales, Alonso, Friberg, Fernandez; F Levesque, Montero. Reserves: Everyone else, including Mrisho Ngassa.
For Man U: G Lindegarrd; D Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Rafael De Silva; M Nani, Anderson, Griggs; F Owen, Young, Macheda. Reserves: De Gea, Amos, Jones, Rooney, Smalling, Park, Welbeck, Fabio Da Silva, Evans, Obertan, Diouf, Cleverley.
Face of Sounders: Today there is a game program that apparently is being used throughout Manchester United's U.S. tour. It includes an introduction to each team the Red Devils will face along the way.
The Sounders section shows a photo of Osvaldo Alonso celebrating with Jeff Parke. Then it spotlights Sigi Schmid and Fredy Montero. Under a section called "Five thing you didn't know about the Sounders -- which all of you almost certainly know -- they tell about 1.) Drew Carey's part ownership (complete with a photo of Carey looking sort of unfortunately like Austin Powers), 2.) the Sound Wave band, 3.) Chris Henderson having played for Schmid at UCLA, 4) Schmid's son Kurt being on the staff, and 5.) the March to the Match. the final two-page spread has a Q&A with Kasey Keller.
Pregame: Kinda fun seeing those two crests together, eh?
Anyway, the just the start of what should be a fun evening: Manchester United at Sounders FC, 7 p.m. kickoff, on Fox Soccer Channel and the usual radio outlets. We'll have the blog open all evening for pregame, in-game and postgame news and comments. And I'm especially eager to here -- later I assume -- from those of you who attended. Please share your stories on the atmosphere and the evening.
I'll be back next with lineups ... which should be interesting and which should get only more interesting as the evening rolls along.