Sammy Ochoa and Michael Tetteh both recorded a goal and an assist as Seattle Sounders FC beat the San Jose Earthquakes, 3-1, in an MLS Reserve League match at Starfire Sports Stadium on a rainy Monday night.
Sounders FC (8-1-0), winners of the West Division, used first-half goals from Tetteh and Ochoa while Matt Luzanaris scored the lone second-half goal for San Jose (3-4-1).
Seattle opened the scoring in the 7th minute. David Estrada fed Ochoa on the right flank and Ochoa lobbed a ball to the far post. Tetteh lined it up and hit a one-time, left-footed volley past keeper Andrew Webber for his third goal in Reserve League play.
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Sounders FC scored again in the 30th minute to go up 2-0. Michael Seamon played Ochoa through on the right side of the box and Ochoa slipped a low shot inside the far post for his second game-winning Reserve League goal.
San Jose pulled a goal back in the 68th minute. Joey Gjertsen swung a cross in from the left side that Luzanaris collected and fired past keeper Josh Ford.
Seattle secured the win with a late goal by Nate Jaqua. Webber stopped Tetteh's shot and Jaqua knocked in the rebound with a sliding attempt for his third Reserve League goal.
San Jose took 10 first-half shots, including an early opportunity in the 1st minute that Gjertsen shot just over the crossbar.
Tim Ward blasted a low shot on frame from 20-yards out in the 18th minute but Ford dived to his right to stop the attempt.
Local product Ellis McLoughlin fired a shot on goal in the 44th minute that was saved by Ford.
Seattle will wrap-up Reserve League play on October 23 at Chivas USA. San Jose's final reserve match is on October 25 when they visit the L.A. Galaxy.
The Sounders will end their MLS reserve league home schedule at 7 tonight, facing the San Jose Earthquakes reserves at Starfire Sports Stadium. As always, admission is free but donations toward Sounders charity partners are accepted.
Coach Sigi Schmid talked yesterday about the value of the match.
"Some of our guys haven’t gotten 90 minutes in a while, like (Michael) Tetteh," Schmid said. "David Estrada got some in New Englans; for him to get another 90 is important … It’s important for some of those guys to get their 90 minutes in. It’s a lot easlier to maintain their fitness than to have them go through extra training and all that. It’s a lot more fun playing."