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Sounders reserves beat SeattleU, 4-1 (and more)

Unfortunately, between the rain and the wind and interviews of players not involved with the reserve game, I wasn't able to watch very closely.

Roger Levesque scored twice, with the middle two goals coming from Jarrod Smith and Kevin Forrest.

Here's the lineup the Sounders went with: Chris Eylander, Zach Scott, Tyson Wahl, Taylor Graham, Evan Brown, Stephen King, Patrick Ianni, Peter Vagenas (Kevin Forrest 46), Sanna Nyassi, Roger Levesque (Sebastien Le Toux 70), Jarrod Smith (Fredy Montero 60).

"Jarrod today got almost 60 minutes in," coach Sigi Schmid said. "So he's getting better and sharper. And he ended up scoring two goals in his last 10-15 minutes of the game when he was probably most fatigued. So I think he's getting sharper and stronger all the time."

However, Schmid wasn't yet ready to say whether Smith or any of the other players returning to health might see the pitch on Sunday.

"It's all a reflection of the game," he said. "We obviously came back fairly well in the second half and played alright. Some guys are fighting for chances to get on the field, but the guys on the field are not doing anything to relinquish their opportunity to stay on the field. So it's good that we got more guys healthy. It's good to see guys play in the reserve game. It's good to see Jarrod Smith step up and score a couple goals, and to get a little closer to being ready. We made a couple of changes on the 18 last week when we travelled, so that's probably something that we will look at again."

One change that will have to happen is someone filling in for Montero, who picked up a red card Saturday in Chicago. But Schmid wasn't ready to commit on that, either.

"There's different ways we an go," he said. "Certainly in Toronto, we played Freddie Ljungberg as the second forward and brought Brad Evans into the middle of the field, and Seba wide. So that's an option. There's an option of either Roger or Jarrod Smith stepping in up front. There's an option of Sebastien stepping in up front. So there's different ways that we can go. So we'll decide that this week."

As for the card itself, Schmid didn't seem that happy with anyone. He agreed that Montero threw his arm back, but he seemed to think Chicago's Gonzalo Segares milked it for more than it was worth and that the referee bit.

"Did (Montero) get his arm up? Was his elbow near Segares head? yes. There's no disputing that. But did he throw an elbow? I think when you watch it it becomes pretty obvious that didn't happen. For me the bigger concern right now is I think sometimes situations occur on the field that players embelish and overdramatize what happens."

Then Schmid went on into a pretty funny monologue about players milking fouls. More on that in the Wednesday paper.

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