Here are the Sounders camp notes for Thursday:
The team loaded onto a bus and traveled an hour north to the Westside Soccer Complex to play the Columbus Crew in its third training game of the preseason. Columbus outscored Seattle, 3-0, over three periods of 45 minutes, 45 minutes and 30 minutes.
Andres Mendoza scored in the 19th minute of the first period and the Crew added two more in the final period, an own goal followed by Jeff Cunningham’s goal. It was the first loss for Seattle (1-1-1) in preseason play.
Mendoza scored on a shot from the top of the box and Kasey Keller could only get his fingertips on the ball before it landed in the side netting.
Phoenix native Brad Evans nearly got his head on a James Riley cross in the 39th minute but it sailed just over his head for a goal kick.
Seattle had several chances to equalize early in the second period. Roger Levesque, playing at right midfield, nearly headed in an Erik Friberg corner kick in the 2nd minute but it sailed just over the crossbar.
Just minutes later, Osvaldo Alonso’s corner kick bounced around in the box before Friberg passed it to Patrick Ianni but his left-footed attempt was deflected and William Hesmer made the save.
Mike Fucito nearly found the net in the last minute of the second period but his low shot from 18 yards missed inches wide of the near post.
Seattle’s rookie goalkeepers made a pair of difficult saves. Bryan Meredith dove to his right to save Emilio Renteria’s header in the 16th minute of the second period and Josh Ford stopped Justin Meram’s close-range strike and smothered the rebound in the 10th minute of the third period.
The Crew extended its lead in the 17th minute of the third period as Zach Scott and Leone Cruz pressured Jeff Cunningham on a run in the middle of the box. Scott deflected the ball into the net for an own goal.
The third and final goal was scored one minute later as Cunningham knocked in a corner kick at the far post.
CLB – Andres Mendoza 19’ of First Period
CLB – Zach Scott (own goal) 17’ of Third Period
CLB – Jeff Cunningham (unassisted) 18’ of Third Period
Sounders FC Lineup
Game 1: Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez, Alvaro Fernandez, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Steve Zakuani, Fredy Montero, O’Brian White.
Game 2: Bryan Meredith, James Riley (Zach Scott 20’), Jeff Parke, Patrick Ianni (Tyson Wahl 20’), Danny Earls, Roger Levesque, Osvaldo Alonso (Servando Carrasco 20’), Erik Friberg, Steve Zakuani (Lamar Neagle 20’), Fredy Montero (David Estrada 20’), Mike Fucito.
Game 3: Josh Ford, Zach Scott, Leone Cruz, Tyson Wahl, Michael Tetteh, Seedy Bah, Servando Carrasco, Jonathan Prieto, Miguel Montaño, Lamar Neagle, David Estrada.
Columbus Crew Lineup
Game 1: Ray Burse, Sebastian Miranda, Chad Marshall, Rich Balchan, Shaun Francis, Robbie Rogers, Kevin Burns, Emmanuel Ekpo, Dilly Duka, Emilio Renteria, Andrews Mendoza (Cole Grossman 30’).
Games 2 & 3: William Hesmer (Alex Riggs 30’), Josh Williams, Andy Iro, Alex Fraga, Ben Sippola, Leandre Griffit, Dejan Rusmik, Cole Grossman, Bernardo Anor, Justin Meram, Jeff Cunningham.
Sounders FC will hold a weights session on Friday morning and train on Friday afternoon. The final training game in Arizona is on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. PT against Chivas USA at Grande Sports World.
Defender Taylor Graham, forward Blaise Nkufo and forward Pat Noonan were held out of the training game. Midfielder Michael Seamon returned to Seattle on Wednesday for a medical examination.
Quotes from Head Coach Sigi Schmid
(On the training game…) “Every time you play you see something different, you learn some more about yourself. Results aren’t as important in preseason. You always want to get a result if you can but teams are at different stages. When you look at the results so far we beat Vancouver, Vancouver beats Columbus, Columbus beats us. It all gets rigamaroled around. But for us we were able obviously to get some guys on the park and to get a couple of guys in different positions. We wanted to see [Lamar] Neagle wide. We wanted to see how different combinations looked together, how [O’Brian] White and [Fredy] Montero looked up front. We wanted to see how [Mike] Fucito and Montero looked. Fucito and [David] Estrada was probably our most dangerous combination up front. Some guys got some plus points, some guys got some minus points today and as a team it gives us a better picture of what we’ve got to continue to work on, get a little quicker with the ball and our movement off the ball has to be better.”
(On going forward…) “We are still in preseason so what I need to see from the team is obviously I have got to see some fighting power when they come back on Saturday, that little bit of desire, that, ‘Hey, the result didn’t go the way we wanted it to go,’ so I need to see that from them. But we are continuing to build fitness as well so we are going to continue to do that also.”
(On the first unit giving him what he’s looking for…) “No, no to be very honest. I think that if you ask them, if you asked the guys who played in the first unit they would say they weren’t happy with their play. I think we gave up a soft goal. A goal where you would have to let the guy run offside or we got to do better in terms of making the save. I also thought we didn’t create enough chances up front, so I thought we were a little bit stagnant in that first group. It was good to see [Jhon Kennedy Hurtado] play because I thought he was probably our best player, so he did well. I think if you ask those guys they would be the first, I would be disappointed if they didn’t admit that they didn’t play well.”
(On the final period…) “The last 30 [minutes] we put some guys in who are a little more inexperienced in the back and Jeff Cunningham is a veteran player so he can take advantage of that. The game I thought in the second 45 [minutes] I thought we had more of the game. We had more chances. We were close a couple times but didn’t get a goal, and even the first 10, 15 minutes of the last period I thought we were OK. The last 10, 15 minutes of the last period we didn’t play well and they capitalized and scored goals.”
Throw-insNewcomer Erik Friberg celebrated his 25th birthday on Thursday…Owner Joe Roth, Owner/General Manager Adrian Hanauer and Technical Director Chris Henderson were all on Seattle’s sideline for the training game…About 30-40 fans attended the training game…