Monday, February 6, 2012

Preseason Training Game: Seattle Sounders FC 1 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - Seattle Sounders FC played the Vancouver Whitecaps FC to a 1-1 draw in a 120-minute preseason training game on Monday night at Grande Sports World.

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.

To Continue...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 challenge 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 Summary

VAN - Camilo (Atiba Harris) 1'

SEA - Servando Carrasco (David Estrada) 48'

Seattle Sounders FC Lineup

Group 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 Lineup

Group 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'.

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