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Neagle, Dempsey, Parsemain lead 6-0 win

DDC15Seattle Sounders FC opened the Desert Diamond Cup on Wednesday with a 6-0 win over host FC Tucson in Tucson, Arizona.

The Sounders got two first half goals from both Lamar Neagle and Clint Dempsey, before reserve Kevin Parsemain added two late in the second half.

This was Parsemain’s first action since the 2014 preseason when he led Seattle with three goals before missing the entire regular season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The Sounders jumped ahead in the fourth minute when Neagle scored, assisted by Obafemi Martins. They controlled throughout against their opponents from the Premier Development League.

Coach Sigi Schmid started goalkeeper Stefan Frei, defenders Tyrone Mears, Chad Marshall, Brad Evans and Leo Gonzalez; midfielders Marco Pappa, Michael Ariza, Gonzalo Pineda and Neagle; and forwards Dempsey and Martins. And for the first time this preseason, Schmid allowed his starters to play into the second half, as he begins building their fitness toward the 90-minute level.

From here on, the Sounders will be facing MLS competition: Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, then the New England Revolution on Wednesday and finally an opponent to be determined by results on Feb. 28.

However, before resuming Cup play, the Sounders have scheduled a friendly at 10 a.m. Thursday against Minnesota United FC of the second-division North American Soccer League.