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July 18, 2010 at 11:34 AM

FINAL: Sounders FC 1, Celtic FC 2, int’l friendly game thread

Final: Celtic wins 2-1. That controversial decision early was a sour note, but there was a good amount of entertainment between the two teams I think.

90′: Three minutes of added time. Think Seattle has a shocking equalizer in ’em? Estrada hits the post!

81′: This one’s winding down. The teams have done what they could to keep it entertaining.

75′: Ianni previously came on for Marshall. Noonan now in for Vagenas.

70′: Zakuani on for Nyassi.

66′: GOAL SEATTLE! Estrada, who’s on IR with apparent toe/hamstring injuries, fired a shot from distance past Cervi.

64′: GOAL CELTIC. McCourt takes a nice feed from Misun on the counterattack and fires past Jennings to the far post.

David Estrada has come into the game for Montano.

63′: Sanna Nyassi and Miguel Montano have been very active

60′: Announced crowd of 45,631. Seattle has subbed Sturgis and Levesque on for Alonso and Nkufo.

56′: Mulgrew and Fortune in for Celtic.

50′: We’ll see what kind of product we get with 21 guys out there instead of 22. So far the second-half action has been a bit stunted.

46′: And we’re off in the second half. No subs for Seattle. Celtic subs in Forrest for Samaras.

Halftime: Sigi made a direct line to the ref at the whistle. Doesn’t look happy. We’ll see how the second half goes.

45′: Two minutes of stoppage time. Weird to see a non-competitive match marred by a referee decision that really wasn’t needed.

38′: Bizarre sequence there. I think the ref blew it a couple times.

33′: GOAL! Samaras converts the PK past new goalkeeper Jordan Jennings, a trialist who’s not under contract with the team. Montero has been called off.

30′: Wow. Samaras with a breakaway, sent to the floor on a challenge by Boss, but scores! Except the ref had blown the whistle for a PK, instead of playing advantage. And he’s sent off Boss!

25′: Nkufo clears space in the box, opens up a shot for Montero, but it’s just over.

20′: After a Seattle corner kick bounces around, Taylor Graham settles the ball on his chest and fires a volley well over the goal. Nice idea, the crowd liked it.

19′: Samaras in behind the defense — he’s offside — but takes a shot past Boss anyways. Probably a yellow card for delaying a restart if it’s a competitive game.

15′: Already a better and more competitive game than the Boca Juniors friendly. Certainly the timing — with Celtic nearing the start of its season — plays a part in that.

12′: Just a couple minutes in and you can tell Nkufo is a player. Not reason he can’t be one of the best forwards in the league.

10′: Montero swings in a great cross to Nkufo in front of the goal, but the Celtic centerback there to challenge.

5′: Rasmussen for Celtic beats Marshall for a header in the box, but it’s over the crossbar.

4′: Seattle in a 4-4-2 that kinda looks like this:

—————Boss—————

Scott-Graham-Marshall-Wahl

————–Alonso————–

Nyassi—-Vagenas—Montano

——–Montero–Nkufo———

2′: Nkufo with a great pass to Montano on the left side, the young Colombian fires a shot inches wide! The new guy didn’t take long to get involved.

1′: And we’re off!

Pregame: The Scottish Highland band is in full force. This crowd is slowly but surely settling in.

Local Olympian J.R. Celski gets the golden scarf, presented by Sounders FC majority owner Joe Roth. We’re about ready for the the walkout.

Pregame: Seattle definitely rocking the electricity yellow, a uniform it hasn’t lost in. Blaise Nkufo is in the starting lineup for the home team, and the fans have to be excited about that.

Celtic in some sharp-looking warmups, I must say. Expect them to be in the green-and-white, hooped uniforms. Kickoff in about 20 minutes.

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