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February 4, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Sounders FC tops Vancouver in preseason training game

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Some highlights from the team’s daily report:

— Seattle kicked off its 2011 preseason schedule with a 1-0 training game win Friday over Whitecaps FC. It was a bizarre one, with three 35-minute periods and no trialists named, but Brad Evans had the goal. Birthday boy David Estrada and O’Brian White earned assists.

— Coach Sigi Schmid praised Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Roger Levesque for their performances. Youngsters noted were Bryan Meredith, Josh Ford, Servando Carrasco and Jonathan Prieto.

Blaise Nkufo, Terry Boss, Taylor Graham and Pat Noonan all didn’t participate due to various injuries and illnesses. Seattle’s next training game is at 11 a.m. Tuesday against Real Salt Lake.

— In a soccer tennis tournament earlier in the day Fredy Montero and Osvaldo Alonso (above) won the championship, beating Estrada and Alvaro Fernandez in the final.

— The team has a weight-training session Saturday morning and is off the rest of the weekend. Quotes from Schmid after the jump.

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(On the training game…) “Always if you win you’re always a little bit happier than when you don’t win. For us, my expectations were not too high today from a standpoint of we worked very hard yesterday. So we trained twice yesterday, we even trained this morning – 30 minutes of soccer tennis. If you take it seriously like the guys did it can take something out of you. And they [Vancouver Whitecaps FC] have been resting for a couple of days so I thought they were a little sharper than us at times, a little bit quicker. But overall I was pleased. I thought we created some chances. We were close. We were around the goal at times. We were a bit fortunate they hit the post but overall considering the work we have done it’s sort of a fitting end to the first week.”

(On Sounders FC defense…) “I think they put some pressure on us in the first 35 minutes and especially at the start of the second 35 when our guys were trying to get the rhythm of the game and their guys were out there. But I thought a lot of guys basically stepped up to those challenges. I thought Jeff Parke did well. I thought Jhon Kennedy [Hurtado] did well in terms of their defending. It was very, very good. I thought Roger [Levesque] did well as a right back in the last period of time. I think them being able to win those duals, win those battles, recover when a guy slips in behind, all those things are important.”

(On the goal…) “Build-up was good. O’Brian [White] showed his strength in the box and whips a good cross there. David [Estrada] gets the ball caught underneath his feet but then makes a good decision and this is what Brad Evans gives us. He’s that midfielder who joins into the box and that was something that was missing a little bit at the end of last year. I think Brad has that capability. Then he felt a little bit of discomfort so we didn’t want to push it or take any chances. But it was a good goal, well played. And O’Brian should have had one after that except he kept it on his right foot. He should have taken that to his left and hit it as well.”

(On the rookies…) “It was good. I thought [Bryan] Meredith and [Josh] Ford in goal played well. [Servando] Carrasco had to play a little bit more than 35 minutes, which he is pretty beat right now so that was pretty tough for him but I thought he did well out there. I thought Jonathan Prieto grew up a little bit today. I think people forget how young he is. He’s 19. He could still play for our Under-20 National Team and he is a guy who today I think grew up a little bit, matured a little bit. He stepped into the fray and accepted the challenge so I was really pleased with him but all of the guys came in and did well.”


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