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February 21, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Sounders FC falls to 2-2-1 in preseason with FC Dallas loss

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Here are some highlights from the team report:

— First-half goals by Marvin Chavez and Brek Shea led FC Dallas to a 2-0 win against Seattle on Monday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Despite the loss, coach Sigi Schmid said his team is playing better soccer.

— Sounders FC, which plays Houston at 8 a.m. Tuesday, is now 2-2-1 in preseason with one goal in the last three training games. Overall Seattle has been outscored 8-5.

Nate Jaqua, Erik Friberg and Patrick Ianni all didn’t play due to injury. Taylor Graham, Pat Noonan and trialist Richard Martinez all got time for Sounders FC. Also it sounds like Seattle will field more of a “first team” lineup against the Dynamo.

— FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson was sent off in the 75th minute. Three Sounders (Danny Earls, Servando Carrasco and Michael Tetteh) were booked. Lineups and Schmid quotes after the jump:

— Here was Seattle’s first-half lineup: GK Terry Boss, D Richard Martinez, D Zach Scott, D Tyson Wahl, D Danny Earls, M David Estrada, M Servando Carrasco, M Brad Evans (M Mike Seamon 30), M Lamar Neagle, F Blaise Nkufo, F Mike Fucito.

— And in the second half: GK Bryan Meredith, D Roger Levesque, Scott (D Taylor Graham 64), Wahl (D Leone Cruz 64), D Michael Tetteh, M Miguel Montano, Carrasco (M Osvaldo Alonso 64), Seamon, Neagle (M Jonathan Prieto 64), F Estrada (F Pat Noonan 64), Fucito (F Fredy Montero 64).

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(On the training game…) “Obviously it’s not the result that we want and results do matter. It’s important to get in the habit of winning but we had to make a decision between these two games coming so close together as to which group would play which game and we decided the one group would play the second game, which is probably our stronger group. But I thought the guys did well. Obviously they finished a great second goal. For them it was a good header by Brek Shea. We should have gotten better in our marking but the first goal was a deflection for them a little bit on the cross – unfortunate. Kevin Hartman makes a couple of big saves. They save one off the line in the second half. [Miguel] Montano has a shot saved as well from distance. Overall, I thought our soccer has definitely taken a step forward from Arizona.”

(On players who saw their first preseason action…) “All three of those guys [Blaise Nkufo, Pat Noonan and Taylor Graham] being back on the field was good. Blaise played with that one group because we wanted to get him into a rhythm where we could play him again against Chicago so we wanted to give him maximum days off in between games. It was good to have him out there. Pat probably tried a little bit too much. The first game you have got to let it settle again for yourself. It’s good to have Taylor out there again. We got a chance to see Richard Martinez again today, so all of those things are important. We got a chance more to see some guys in different positions as well. Basically the decision point is coming up so we have got to make decisions soon.”

(On impressions of group…) “I thought our soccer was better. I thought we did a better job of holding the ball. We did a better job of knocking the ball around. I think our quality in our final passes has to be better. That’s something that needs to come. I thought we competed. There were still times when we have got to be stronger on the ball. I also think certain guys stepped up. I thought in the first half Servando Carrasco played very well. He was probably our best player I thought in that period of time. I thought Tyson Wahl and Zach Scott in the middle of the back played well with [Pat] Ianni out injured. [Erik] Friberg’s out injured now too. That hurt us a little bit. I thought what was good for us was our soccer was better. Our decisions as to when to go forward, when to hold onto the ball were better.”

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