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Three wins and a draw later, Sounders leave Florida

The Sounders broke camp in Florida today. Here's a reminder from the club of part of what they accomplished there:

Seattle Sounders FC 5 vs. Florida Gulf Coast University 0 - February 19, 2012

Newly signed U.S. international forward Eddie Johnson scored as Seattle Sounders FC beat Florida Gulf Coast University, 5-0, in their fifth training game of the 2012 preseason at IMG Academy on Sunday afternoon.

Sounders FC (3-0-2) scored three goals in the first 30 minutes, including tallies from Johnson, Christian Sivebaek and David Estrada. The training game consisted of three 30-minute periods.

Johnson scored the game's first goal in the 11th minute. He controlled a ball from Zach Scott at midfield and, with his back to goal, spun his defender and brought the ball to the goal box. Once inside the box, Johnson cut to the middle with a step over and lofted the ball to the top corner of the net with his left foot.

Minutes later, Sivebaek sprinted after a loose ball in the box and was brought down by the keeper. On the ensuing penalty kick, Sivebaek, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Sunday, stepped up and converted a right-footed shot to the lower left corner.

Seattle added a third tally in the 28th minute. Johnson beat his defender with a step over just outside of the box on the right flank and found Cordell Cato in the box. Cato's shot bounced off the crossbar and David Estrada converted the rebound with a diving header at the back post.

The fourth goal came in the 73rd minute after Alex Caskey's free kick bounced in the box and the unnamed trialist scored with his left foot.

The fifth and final goal was scored in the 84th minute after the keeper deflected Babayele Sodade's shot and a defender mis-kicked the ball into the net.

Seattle Sounders FC 3 vs. U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team 0 - February 16, 2012

Three Seattle Sounders FC players scored as the Rave Green beat the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team, 3-0, in their fourth training game of the 2012 preseason at IMG Soccer Academy on Thursday afternoon.

The training game consisted of two 35-minute periods with all three Sounders FC goals coming in the first period. Seattle's starters from the previous day did not play.

David Estrada struck first with a goal in the 24th minute. Estrada made a run up the left side, collected a pass from Sammy Ochoa and beat keeper Paul Christensen for the game's first goal.

Ochoa scored in the 32nd minute when he collected a loose ball outside of the box, dribbled past his defender and beat the keeper with the outside of his right foot from just inside the 18-yard box.

Zach Scott added the final tally in the 34th minute after Cordell Cato's shot was deflected by a defender. Scott ran onto the loose ball in the box and finished inside the far netting.

Moments before his goal, Estrada hit the post with a header in the 23rd minute after Amadou Sanyang found him at the back post.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Columbus Crew 0 - February 15, 2012

Fredy Montero and Cordell Cato scored as Seattle Sounders FC beat the Columbus Crew, 2-0, in their third training game of the 2012 preseason at IMG Soccer Academy on Wednesday afternoon.

It was Seattle's first win of the preseason after drawing their first two contests. Montero and Cato recorded their first goals this preseason and goalkeeper Michael Gspurning played 90 minutes, recording his first clean sheet.

The 120-minute training game consisted of two 45-minute periods followed by a 30-minute period. Seattle fielded a group of mostly returning starters for the first 75 minutes.

Montero struck in the 54th minute. Mauro Rosales brought the ball up the right side and rolled it to Adam Johansson who lofted a high cross into the box. Montero, who was just inside the six-yard box, elevated and hammered a header past keeper Andy Gruenebaum.

Newcomers Christian Sivebaek and Cato combined for the second tally in the 114th minute. Sivebaek brought the ball up the left side and chipped a cross to Cato who headed it past Crew keeper Matt Lampson.

There were three ejections and seven yellow card cautions issued in the game. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado was issued two yellow cards in the first 13 minutes of action and was replaced by Patrick Ianni. Amadou Sanyang was shown a red card in the 82nd minute for a high challenge. Lamar Neagle replaced Sanyang and Roger Levesque was moved to right back.

Columbus' Bernardo Anor was shown a red card in the 60th minute for a challenge on Osvaldo Alonso and was replaced by Shaun Francis.

Seattle Sounders FC 1 vs. Orlando City SC 1 - February 13, 2012

The Seattle Sounders FC tied Orlando City SC, 1-1, in their second training game of the 2012 preseason at IMG Soccer Academy on Monday afternoon.

Sammy Ochoa scored for Seattle and Dennis Chin recorded Orlando City's goal.

The game consisted of three 30-minute periods. Seattle fielded a group of mostly returning starters in the first period with a second group playing the final hour. Orlando City substituted a group of nine players at the 45-minute mark.

The first 30-minute period ended with Orlando City up 1-0. Dennis Chin scored in the 27th minute after he beat keeper Michael Gspurning to a through ball and converted from the right side of the box.

Seattle equalized in the 53rd minute on a goal from Sammy Ochoa. Christian Sivebaek brought the ball up the right side and found Lamar Neagle in the box. Neagle passed to Michael Seamon at the top of the box who rolled the ball to Ochoa. Ochoa beat the keeper with a shot to the top corner, inside the far post.

Seattle had two shots that hit the post. In the first 30-minute period, Mauro Rosales found Osvaldo Alonso in the box and his shot ricocheted off the bottom of the crossbar, bouncing off the line before being cleared by the defense.

In the 87th minute, Servando Carrasco was taken down in the box by the keeper after beating him to a loose ball. Carrasco's ensuing penalty shot hit the crossbar and was cleared by the defense.

Orlando City defense cleared a ball off the line in the 29th minute when Adam Johansson's cross from the right flank deflected off a defender and nearly crossed the goal line.

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