Some abbreviated notes from the team report:
— Sounders FC beat Chivas USA 1-0 in a training game Saturday to wrap up a two-week preseason stay in Arizona. David Estrada scored the winner in the 75th minute on assists from Miguel Montano and Jonathan Prieto. (Though after watching the highlights above from the team website, I couldn’t tell how Montano was involved. As Estrada mentioned, it looked like it bounced off Seedy Bah.)
— Coach Sigi Schmid wasn’t exactly happy with the performance in the first half from the lineup of Keller, Riley, Hurtado, Wahl, Earls, Fernandez, Alonso, Friberg, Zakuani, Montero, Fucito.
— The second-half unit picked things up, which shouldn’t come as a huge surprise considering it was a group consisting mostly of fringe players fighting to stay in camp: Boss, Levesque, Scott, Cruz, Tetteh, Neagle, Carrasco, Prieto, Montano, Estrada, Bah.
— Several players had the day off and no one was out due to injury. Defender Leo Gonzalez left the team early Saturday morning for the birth of his second child in Seattle.
— Sounders FC (2-1-1 in preseason action) will have a few days off before resuming training Wednesday at Starfire.
— Schmid quotes after the jump:
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(On the training game…) “Obviously I thought the first 45 minutes Chivas had more of the game. I thought we were not very cohesive in our play and I know our guys are good pros and I know when they look at the mirror today they are not going to be happy with it. But the second half I thought we came in and played with a lot of energy. The guys knew that they were battling for spots to get on the plane to Florida and a lot of guys stepped up their game and it was very good.”
(On defensive effort…) “The defending was good. [Kasey] Keller had to handle the ball I thought a little too much in the first half. People came back and covered and were strong on tackles, especially that second group. I thought Michael Tetteh played well and was strong on tackles. [Leone] Cruz played much better today. Roger Levesque at right back continues to do alright back there. Servando Carrasco played well in defensive midfield. I think defensively for the first group I thought Tyson Wahl played well as a center back. I thought Jhon Kennedy [Hurtado] was good again and obviously [Osvaldo] Alonso always gives you defensive effort.”
(On David Estrada’s goal…) “It was a play that was created off of energy. The guys worked hard. Jonathan Prieto makes a good late run into the box and gets on the end. The other people are getting into the box so they can get on the end of the cross and the ball comes free to David Estrada who continued to follow the play and he bangs it in, which is the key thing. Sometimes we give up on plays and we don’t want to give up on plays. We want to make sure we stay in place and continue it because you never know what’s going to happen at the end.”
(On the two weeks at Grande Sports World…) “Halftime wasn’t very positive for me but it ended on a positive note. It’s been good. It’s been a long two weeks. I think the guys are ready to get back to Seattle and to get on the plane today and it’ll be good for them to get back to Seattle. It’ll be good to get back to their families and probably to get away from each other for a few days is also good. But our work is not completed in preseason and we will continue to work hard.”