The Sounders FC finished the second leg of training camp in Casa Grande, Arizona, Thursday with a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in their first preseason training game.
Sanna Nyassi scored twice and Lamar Neagle added a third goal as the Sounders bounced back from a 2-0 first-half deficit.
Marlon James got the Whitecaps on the board first in the 36th minute, knocking in a rebound to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead. Then they doubled that lead in the 39th minute when Ansu Toure blasted a shot from the left side of the box.
That score held until halftime, but the Sounders FC came out with a new lineup to start the second half and the fresh legs paid off.
Neagle knocked in a Josh Gardner corner kick in the 49th minute and Nyassi charged the net and knocked one past Vancouver keeper Jay Nolly in the 50th minute to quickly pull the game even.
Then in the 88th minute, Nyassi took a pass from Nathan Sturgis and blasted it into the net for his second goal of the game and a 3-2 Sounders lead. That score held in the waning moments and Seattle got the victory.
The two sides will face off again on March 6 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC. The pre-season match will kick off at 4 p.m. PT.
All tickets for the match will cost $15, plus applicable service charges. Whitecaps season ticket holders will receive priority purchase rights and the remaining tickets will be available to the public on Wednesday, February 17, at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets will be available online at ticketmaster.ca or by calling 604.280.4400.
The following week, Sounders FC will play another preseason match, this time against the USL Portland Timbers in the club’s inaugural “Community Shield” match on Thursday, March 11 at 6 p.m. on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field.
General Admission tickets for the event went on sale Wednesday and over 5,000 seats were sold within the first 24 hours. Tickets remain and are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (6-17). Children under the age of six are free. Tickets will be available at www.SoundersFC.com, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets and the Qwest Field Box office.
Proceeds from the match will benefit the team’s four community partners: Boys and Girls Club of Washington State, Save the Children, Seattle SCORES and Washington Youth Soccer. Following the match the teams will sign autographs from the field.
Sounder FC first half starting lineup: Chris Eylander, Zach Scott, Patrick Ianni, Tyrone Marshall, Eric Winblad, Gao Leilei, Peter Vagenas, Osvaldo Alonso, Jacob Lousky, Roger Levesque, David Estrada.
Sounders FC second half starters: Derby Carillo, Tyson Wahl, Jamel Wallace, Taylor Graham, Brad Evans, Josh Gardner, Nathan Sturgis, Stephen King, Lamar Neagle, Jarrod Smith, Sanna Nyassi.
Vancouver Whitecaps starting lineup: Jay Nolly, Taka Hirano (Phillipe Davies, 75), Wes Charles (Nelson Akwari, 68), Greg Janicki (Zourab, 75)), Chris Williams (Luca Bellisomo, 70), Ansu Toure, Martin Nash (Ethan Gage, 68), Ricardo Sanchez (Nazar Khalfan, 68), Justin Moose (Russell Tiebert, 75), Randy Edwini-Bonsu (Cornelius Stewart, 26), Marlon James (Alex Sements, 68).
Vancouver Whitecaps: James, 36; Toure, 39.
Seattle Sounders FC: Neagle (Gardner), 49; Nyassi, 50; Nyassi (Sturgis), 88.