Here's the report from the club:
The Seattle Sounders FC faced the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the first training game of 2011 on Friday afternoon at Grande Sports World. Seattle outscored Vancouver 1-nil over three periods of 35 minutes.
Brad Evans scored the lone goal of the training game in the 28th minute of the second period. O’Brian White sent a low cross into the box that found David Estrada at the far post. Estrada backheeled the ball back in front of goal where Evans finished it into the upper corner.
Sounders FC earned clean sheets in all three periods behind strong team defense and goalkeeping. Kasey Keller made three stops in the first period, including a save on Davide Chiumiento’s low shot in the 24th minute.
In the first period, Sounders FC midfielder Miguel Montaño was involved in several scoring opportunities. After Mike Fucito won an air battle, he found Fredy Montero who played Montaño into the box but his shot at the near post was stopped by goalkeeper Jay Nolly. Montaño also found a streaking Steve Zakuani in the 31st minute but he was ushered out for a goal kick. Osvaldo Alonso struck a couple of long balls from outside the 18-yard box within the first eight minutes but both sailed wide of the frame.
Seattle newcomer White was dangerous throughout the second period. Aside from his assist on Evans’ goal, White nearly got on the end of an Erik Friberg through ball in the 17th minute of period two but Nolly jumped off his line to smother the ball. The Whitecaps FC was also goal-dangerous in the second period with a header by Long Tan that missed wide of the post and a header by Bilal Duckett that sailed over the crossbar.
Vancouver started the third period with a close-range shot by Tan that hit off the crossbar in the 6th minute. Whitecaps FC forward Omar Salgado’s attempt in the 15th minute missed just wide of the post. Michael Tetteh, Seattle’s top pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, drove a low shot on frame in the 31st minute of the third period but goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre was able to make the stop. Sounders FC’s Roger Levesque continued to show his versatility as he started at right back in period three.
The next training game for Sounders FC will be at 11 a.m. PT on Tuesday, February 8, against Real Salt Lake. The game will be played at Grande Sports World and is open to the public.
Scoring SummarySEA – Brad Evans (David Estrada, O’Brian White) 28’ of Game Two
CautionsSEA – Osvaldo Alonso (caution; Reckless Tackle) 22’VAN – Gershon Koffie (caution; Reckless Tackle) 33’
Sounders FC LineupGame 1: Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Patrick Ianni, Danny Earls, Miguel Montaño, Osvaldo Alonso, Michael Seamon, Steve Zakuani, Fredy Montero, Mike Fucito.
Game 2: Bryan Meredith, Corey Attaway, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni (Tyson Wahl 15’), Leo Gonzalez, Alvaro Fernandez, Brad Evans (Servando Carrasco 29’), Erik Friberg, Trialist, David Estrada, O’Brian White.
Game 3: Josh Ford, Roger Levesque, Leone Cruz, Zach Scott, Tyson Wahl, Trialist, Servando Carrasco, Trialist, Michael Tetteh, Trialist, Trialist. Whitecaps FC LineupGame 1: Jay Nolly, Blake Wagner, Bilal Duckett, Greg Janicki, Jonathan Leathers, Russell Teibert, Gershon Koffie, Terry Dunfield, Shea Salinas, Davide Chiumiento, Atiba Harris
Game 2: Jay Nolly, Blake Wagner, Bilal Duckett, Greg Janicki (Michael Boxall 24’), Jonathan Leathers, Russell Teibert (Nizar Khalfan 24’), Gershon Koffie, Terry Dunfield (Lennart Hartmann 19’), Philippe Davies, Davide Chiumiento, Long Tan.
Game 3: Brian Sylvestre, Santiago Bedova, Bilal Duckett (Greg Janicki 12’), Wes Knight, Michael Boxall, Nizar Khalfan, Kyle Porter, Lennart Hartmann (Terry Dunfield29’), Philippe Davies, Omar Salgado, Long Tan (Joe Anderson 12’).
Quotes from Head Coach Sigi SchmidOn the training game…) “Always if you win you’re always a little bit happier than when you don’t win. For us, my expectations were not too high today from a standpoint of we worked very hard yesterday. So we trained twice yesterday, we even trained this morning – 30 minutes of soccer tennis. If you take it seriously like the guys did it can take something out of you. And they [Vancouver Whitecaps FC] have been resting for a couple of days so I thought they were a little sharper than us at times, a little bit quicker. But overall I was pleased. I thought we created some chances. We were close. We were around the goal at times. We were a bit fortunate they hit the post but overall considering the work we have done it’s sort of a fitting end to the first week.”
On Sounders FC defense…) “I think they put some pressure on us in the first 35 minutes and especially at the start of the second 35 when our guys were trying to get the rhythm of the game and their guys were out there. But I thought a lot of guys basically stepped up to those challenges. I thought Jeff Parke did well. I thought Jhon Kennedy [Hurtado] did well in terms of their defending. It was very, very good. I thought Roger [Levesque] did well as a right back in the last period of time. I think them being able to win those duals, win those battles, recover when a guy slips in behind, all those things are important.”
On the goal…) “Build-up was good. O’Brian [White] showed his strength in the box and whips a good cross there. David [Estrada] gets the ball caught underneath his feet but then makes a good decision and this is what Brad Evans gives us. He’s that midfielder who joins into the box and that was something that was missing a little bit at the end of last year. I think Brad has that capability. Then he felt a little bit of discomfort so we didn’t want to push it or take any chances. But it was a good goal, well played. And O’Brian should have had one after that except he kept it on his right foot. He should have taken that to his left and hit it as well.”
On the rookies…) “It was good. I thought [Bryan] Meredith and [Josh] Ford in goal played well. [Servando] Carrasco had to play a little bit more than 35 minutes, which he is pretty beat right now so that was pretty tough for him but I thought he did well out there. I thought Jonathan Prieto grew up a little bit today. I think people forget how young he is. He’s 19. He could still play for our Under-20 National Team and he is a guy who today I think grew up a little bit, matured a little bit. He stepped into the fray and accepted the challenge so I was really pleased with him but all of the guys came in and did well.”
Injury UpdateDefender Taylor Graham and forward Pat Noonan were held out of the training game. Goalkeeper Terry Boss is still out due to illness. Forward Blaise Nkufo was held out of the training game with a calf strain.
Throw-insSounders FC will have a weight session on Saturday morning and then take the rest of the weekend off…David Estrada celebrated his 23rd birthday today…Phoenix native Brad Evans is hosting a dinner for the players on Saturday night…Several local fans filled the sideline at the training game to support both clubs...