Seattle Sounders FC drew 3:3 with Real Salt Lake on Tuesday in a pre-season scrimmage match that was divided into three 35-minute periods.
See quotes and notes from the match below, and video highlights at left.
CASA GRANDE, AZ. – Six goals were scored in 110 minutes as the Seattle Sounders FC battled to a 3-3 draw with Real Salt Lake in its second training game of 2011 on Tuesday at Grande Sports World.
Invitee Lamar Neagle, newcomer O’Brian White and forward Fredy Montero were the goal scorers for Sounders FC. It was White’s first goal in Rave Green.
Seattle jumped out to an early lead behind Neagle’s goal in the 3rd minute. Neagle beat Nat Borchers to a backpass and slid a low shot past goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
Real Salt Lake answered in the 37th minute when Javier Morales found the net on a free kick from 25 yards out. Morales put the ball around the Seattle wall and inside the far post.
Terry Boss played in net for the first 45 minutes and made several saves on Real Salt Lake’s starters. Strong goalkeeping continued for both sides through the second period as neither team was able to score. Rookie goalkeeper Josh Ford turned away a handful of shots for Sounders FC.
Seattle took the lead back in the third period with a goal by White. Osvaldo Alonso and Erik Friberg combined and played White into the box who popped a shot over goalkeeper Tim Melia to put Sounders FC up 2-1.
Real Salt Lake was able to equalize again as Collen Warner beat goalkeeper Bryan Meredith with a strike inside the far post in the 17th minute of the third period. Just two minutes later, Warner found the back of the net again when he sent a hard strike into the upper corner from outside the 18-yard box.
Down 3-2 with just minutes left, Steve Zakuani continued to pressure Real Salt Lake’s defense, resulting in a handball in the box on defender Jamie Cunningham. Montero stepped up and converted the penalty kick in the final minutes of play to tie the match, 3-3.
Sounders FC will train twice on Wednesday and then travel to Phoenix to take on the Columbus Crew in a training game on Thursday. The game begins at 10 a.m. PT at the Westside Soccer Complex and is open to the public with the cost of admission. SoundersFC.com will again host a live blog at http://sndrs.com/9mcr.
SEA – Lamar Neagle (unassisted) 3′ of First Period
RSL – Javier Morales (unassisted) 37′ of First Period
SEA – O’Brian White (Erik Friberg, Osvaldo Alonso) 10′ of Third Period
RSL – Collen Warner (Luis Gil, Donny Toia) 17′ of Third Period
RSL – Collen Warner (unassisted) 19′ of Third Period
SEA – Fredy Montero (Penalty Kick) 30′ of Third Period
RSL – Kyle Beckerman (caution) 27 of First Period
RSL – Ned Grabavoy (caution) 33 of First Period
SEA – Servando Carrasco (caution) 15′ of Second Period
RSL – Ned Grabavoy (ejection; second caution) 19′ of Second Period
RSL – Paulo Jr. (caution) 25′ of Second Period
SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (caution) Third Period
Sounders FC Lineup
Game 1: Terry Boss; Zach Scott, Leone Cruz, Patrick Ianni, Danny Earls; David Estrada, Jonathan Prieto, Servando Carrasco, Miguel Montano; Lamar Neagle, Seedy Bah.
Game 2: Josh Ford; Roger Levesque, Zach Scott (Jeff Parke 17′), Patrick Ianni (Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 17′), Danny Earls (Tyson Wahl 17′); David Estrada (Alvaro Fernandez 17′), Jonathan Prieto (Erik Friberg 10′), Servando Carrasco (Osvaldo Alonso 17′), Michael Tetteh; Lamar Neagle (Fredy Montero 17′), Mike Fucito.
Game 3: Bryan Meredith; James Riley, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl; Alvaro Fernandez, Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg, Steve Zakuani; O’Brian White, Fredy Montero.
Real Salt Lake Lineup
Games 1 & 2: Nick Rimando; Robbie Russell, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert (Tony Beltran 45); Kyle Beckerman, Andy Williams, Ned Grabavoy (Nelson González 69), Javier Morales; Álvaro Saborío (Collen Warner 62), Paulo Jr.
Game 3: Tim Melia; Tony Beltran, Jamie Cunningham, Rauwshan McKenzie, Nelson Gonzalez; Nico Muniz, Collen Warner, David Flores, Luis Gil; Mikey Orellana, Donny Toia.
Quotes from Head Coach Sigi Schmid
(On the training game…) “It was good. We wanted to see some guys who we are trying to make decisions on get a few more minutes today, especially because we trained pretty hard yesterday in the two sessions. We decided to rest a couple of guys like [Brad] Evans and [Michael] Seamon and not play some guys a lot of minutes like [James] Riley and [Steve] Zakuani. Overall I thought the young guys did well against a very experienced team. They sort of held their own, came up with some big saves by Terry Boss in that period, but I thought we held our own and did alright. Obviously then the last period was sort of the reverse. It was our first team against their guys and they end up scoring two really good goals. We ended up scoring two goals and we probably deserved one or two more based on the run. But it was a fair result and we saw what we needed to see.”
(On the Sounders FC younger players…) “They work really hard. The thing you know is they realize their backs are against the wall so they bring a lot of energy and they are going to work really hard. Obviously you want to see the quality as well as the work and you see some of that as well. Lamar Neagle scores a good goal in that combination. Danny Earls has shown himself to be a very feisty, competitive left back and has done well in those areas. Servando Carrasco can still learn a lot from Ozzie [Osvaldo Alonso] but he’s got a competitive nature and strikes a good ball. He’s going against [Javier] Morales, that’s not an easy guy to say, ‘Go ahead and play 60 minutes there,’ and he did and he played well.”
(On Erik Friberg…) “Erik is certainly, without [Brad] Evans last year and I think Nate Sturgis played really well for us last year and does what Nate Sturgis does, but Erik Friberg is more a player in the mold of Evans where he is going to fill the gap, he is going to make those runs forward and that’s something that Erik certainly did. That helps us and that creates some things. He missed on a couple of passes but the ball he hit inside to O’Brian [White] was a good ball and you’ll see those things. And if we got Evans and him out there on the field together that could be really exciting.”
(On O’Brian White…) “He scored a goal. He is big and strong and once he gets a guy on his hip it’s tough for them to get the ball off of him. He’s still working into his fitness, that’s why we kept him today at 30 minutes but I think once he recovers and once his legs really get under him I think he is going to be somebody, like I said earlier, we are going to have more joy on him as we move forward in Seattle. But he is certainly playing well. He scored a goal again today so that’s a good thing.”
Brad Evans, Leo Gonzalez, Taylor Graham, Kasey Keller, Blaise Nkufo and Pat Noonan were all held out of the training game.