Part by necessity and part by design, Seattle Sounders FC got to take its depth out for a test drive last weekend.
The absence of five starters from the first team Saturday meant the opportunity for five reserves to step up into the first 11 in the scoreless draw at FC Dallas. Then on Sunday, the Sounders 2 USL team took the pitch for a second time, rolling to a 4-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps 2 at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila.
“That all puts pressure that people have to perform — and if not, there’s other people we can turn to,” coach Sigi Schmid said Monday as both teams returned to training. “I think competition is always good.”
A look at whose stock may have gone up or down:
After the match, Schmid emphasized how little sometimes separates hero from goat. “He’ll be the first one to say that he’s got to finish one of those,” Schmid said. “If we score on one of those, then we’re walking away with three points.”Central defender Brad Evans: Up.
Central defender Zach Scott: Up.
Midfielders Cristian Roldan and Aaron Kovar: Flat.
Midfielder Andy Rose: Up.
Forward Victor Mansaray: Up.
S2 forward Darwin Jones: Up.