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February 11, 2009 at 12:43 AM

The official game recap

From Sounders FC, for the Shandong Luneng match:

Weather – Sun, temperatures in the mid 50s

Pitch – FieldTurf


1st Half Lineup: GK Ben Dragavon, D Adam West, D Kyle Schmid, D Patrick Ianni, D James Riley, M Lamar Neagle, M Stephen King, M Ryan Caugherty, F Ryan Pore, F Vinicius Oliviera, F Jeff Clark.

2nd Half Lineup: GK Kevin Guppy, D Evan Brown, D Danny Jackson, D Mamadou Danso, M Emerald George, M Fernando Screpis, M Stephen King (Nathan Sturgis, 60), M Sanna Nyassi, F Sebastien Le Toux, F Roger Levesque


Nyassi, 56th minute (King)

Nyassi, 75th minute (Le Toux)

The first goal was scored when Stephen King, the only holdover from the first half, sent a ball over the top to Sanna Nyassi on the right side and Nyassi chipped it over the Shandong keeper in the 56th minute.

The second goal was scored when Sebastien Le Toux launched the ball over the offside trap to the speedy Nyassi, who found himself 1-v-1 with the keeper. Nyassi drew the keeper out of the box and went around him, leaving nothing between him and the goal but open turf. He dribbled to point-blank range and hammered it in for the 2-0 lead. Nyassi has three goals and an assist in the first two exhibition games.


Jared Karkas (hamstring) and Taylor Graham (foot contusion) are due to miss the Shandong Luneng scrimmage due to injuries. Fourth-round pick Michael Fucito (hamstring) has not yet joined the team for training. Jarrod Smith (hip flexor) remains in Seattle. Vagenas is recovering from arthroscopic surgery to trim articular cartilage above his knee. Freddie Ljungberg, who underwent surgery to repair a hip condition in December, continues to rehabilitate in Sweden.


February 10, 2009

(On today’s lineup) “It was important for us to see how different guys reacted. We had a chance to be able to use some guys in different positions like Evan Brown at left back, and see what he could do there. And we had Sebastien (Le Toux) up front again to see what he could do there. It was good.”

(On Sanna Nyassi’s performance tonight) “He obviously has good speed. If a team is going to play an offside trap, then a player like him or if we had played a player like Steve Zakuani, are going to tear a team like that apart. So that’s what Sanna did. He finishes goals well. The first one he finished very well by chipping it over him. The timing of his run was very good. Roger (Levesque) made a very unselfish run to open up that space for him. He was very effective. He’s a dangerous player. He’s the kind of player that is the kind of guy that can impact the game by coming off the bench, or being in the starting lineup.”

(On different combinations making roster decisions difficult) “Things are always difficult. That’s what they’re supposed to do. Supposed to make my job as difficult as possible. If they’re not doing that then they’re not doing a good job. But actually it’s also pretty easy. I think some decisions have become pretty clear. At this stage, things are in our minds getting to pretty much a sharp final point.”


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