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Training game: Carrasco scores, Fucito hurt

Here is the Sounders report on its training game today against Vancouver. Sigi Schmid's reaction turns up after the jump:

It was the first training game of the 2012 preseason for Sounders FC. The teams played two 45-minute periods followed by a 30-minute period.

Servando Carrasco scored for Sounders FC and Camilo scored the lone goal for Vancouver.

Vancouver jumped out to an early lead when Camilo scored in the 1st minute. Camilo ran onto a ball on a breakaway down the left side and cut to his right. He fired a shot inside the far post for the 1-nil lead.

Seattle equalized in the 48th minute when David Estrada brought the ball up the right flank and cut to the middle. Estrada found Carrasco in the box who beat the keeper with a shot inside the near post.

Fredy Montero nearly beat the keeper in the 19th minute with a shot from 25-yards that went just wide of the post. Montero also sent a cross into the box in the 37th minute but Roger Levesque's header sailed wide.

Estrada nearly added a tally when he ran onto a misplayed ball in the 54th minute but keeper Brad Knighton was able to tip the ball out of bounds before it crossed the end line.

Seattle's first group consisted of mainly returning starters plus newcomers Michael Gspurning and Adam Johansson. Approximately 100 fans showed up to the match.

There were 10 yellow cards issued and one red card ejection in the match.

Mike Fucito was on the receiving end of a reckless charge in the 14th minute and was subbed off 15 minutes later.

Sounders FC will return to Seattle on Tuesday and will hold their next training session on Friday at Starfire Sports before leaving for Bradenton, Florida on Saturday morning.

Seattle plays Mexico's Santos Laguna on March 7 in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Sounders FC opens MLS play 10 days later when it hosts Toronto FC on March 17.

Scoring SummaryVAN - Camilo (Atiba Harris) 1'SEA - Servando Carrasco (David Estrada) 48'

Seattle Sounders FC LineupGroup 1: Michael Gspurning, Adam Johansson, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez, Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez, Fredy Montero, Mike Fucito (Roger Levesque 29'). Group 2: Andrew Weber, Wes Fieghner, Zach Scott, Andrew Duran, Marc Burch, Michael Seamon, Servando Carrasco, Andy Rose, Lamar Neagle, David Estrada, Sammy Ochoa.

Group 3: Bryan Meredith, Amadou Sanyang, Tim Pontius, Harlinton Gutierres, Ever Alvarado, Cordell Cato, Andrew Vanzie, Alex Caskey, Jason Banton (Servando Carrasco 115'), Roger Levesque, Babayele Sodade.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC LineupGroup 1: Joe Cannon; Alain Rochat, Jay DeMerit, Martin Bonjour, Young-Pyo Lee; Camilo Sanvezzo, John Thorrington, Jun Marques Davidson, Atiba Harris; Sebastien Le Toux, Eric Hassli

Group 2: Brad Knighton; Jordan Harvey, Carlyle Mitchell, Michael Boxall, Greg Klazura; Darren Mattocks, Floyd Franks, Gershon Koffie, Lee Nguyen; Davide Chiumiento, Omar Salgado

Group 3: Andrew Fontein; Russell Teibert, Bilal Duckett, Mitchell, Chris Estridge; Long Tan, Floyd Franks (Bryce Alderson 106'), Patrick Cregg; Michael Nanchoff; Matt Watson, Darren Mattocks (Caleb Clarke 106')

Caution Summary:VAN - Atiba Harris (caution) 4'VAN - Martin bonjour (caution) 14'SEA - Jeff Parke (caution) 20'SEA - Sammy Ochoa (caution) 74'VAN - Michael Boxall (caution) 77'SEA - Alex Caskey (caution) 94'SEA - Andrew Vanzie (caution) 101'VAN - Russell Teibert (caution) 103'VAN - Patrick Cregg (caution) 110'SEA - Jason Banton (ejection) 115'SEA - Harlinton Gutierres (caution) 119'

Sounders FC Quotes - Head Coach Sigi SchmidOn the training game) "It's good. It's always better when you play somebody else besides yourself. I thought it was a little chippy at times with some of the tackles on both sides. I think we went into some bad tackles. I think they went into some bad tackles. But that's the nature of the beast and I think it took us the first five to ten minutes to get into the tempo of the game and realize that it was going to be like that. After that I thought the first team did well in the first 45 minutes and they didn't produce a goal. I was pleased with the way the second group started off. They got the equalizer and then they sort of faded a little bit. Overall I was pleased with what we got out of it and we got a lot of good work, the effort was good from the guys."

On Mike Fucito) "Well, he got tackled pretty badly so we got to hope that it's not a more serious injury because he's got stud marks on his knee and up his thigh. So it was a little bit of a high challenge. He's also got a puncture wound there so you've got to make sure there's no infection and stuff like that because that could lead to a staph infection. We've got to be careful. It just kept tightening up on him because the blood was flowing in there so we needed to get him off the field."

On the first group) "It was good. I thought after the first ten minutes they still maybe had a couple of opportunities there when Michael [Gspurning] mis-kicked the ball out of the back. But I thought after the first ten minutes I thought we created more of the opportunities in the rest of that 45 minutes. I thought we were around the goal. We were pretty close at times. We've got to work on our crossing and our running. But we really haven't done anything so far that looks like finishing or things on goal. We haven't played a lot of games with goals in tight, things like that. That will all come as we move to Florida. So I was pretty happy with what they did."

On the second group) "Depth is always nice and their mentality right when they came on was good. I thought [David] Estrada was active and caused a lot of problems. I thought that part of it was good. There were some other guys who I didn't think showed as well. As I always say, players make decisions. They always think coaches make decisions. Players make decisions by how they play so some guys obviously pushed themselves up and some other guys pushed themselves down a little bit. Overall I was pleased. I thought Zach Scott and Andrew Duran did well in the back and held that together for us. I thought [Marc] Burch did well. I saw a lot of good things in that second group."

On the Arizona training camp) "Good. I think it's time to get on to the next phase. I think guys are ready to leave. I think we need a couple days rest for everybody to regenerate a little bit and then we are going to go at it again in Florida. Now it's a matter of fine-tuning the game or tactics, getting our finishing down, the movement of the ball, the runs off the ball, our defensive shape and tenacity. So we will start working on all those things."

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