Early this morning Seattle played to a 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Sounders FC rookie Michael Tetteh (right) scored the equalizer. Here are some of the other details (quotes from coach Sigi Schmid after the jump):
HOU — Cam Weaver (Geoff Cameron) 11
HOU — Brian Ching (Francisco Navas Cobo) 57
SEA — Fredy Montero (penalty kick) 62
SEA — Michael Tetteh (Roger Levesque) 69
Seattle Sounders FC lineup:
Kasey Keller (Josh Ford 46), James Riley (Richard Martinez 62), Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Taylor Graham 62), Jeff Parke (Leonen Cruz 62), Leo Gonzalez (Michael Tetteh 62), Alvaro Fernandez (Roger Levesque 62), Osvaldo Alonso (Servando Carrasco 62), Brad Evans (Jonathan Prieto 62), Steve Zakuani (Miguel Montano 62), O’Brian White (Pat Noonan 62), Fredy Montero (Lamar Neagle 62).
— Forward Nate Jaqua, midfielder Erik Friberg and defender Pat Ianni were held out of the training game due to injury.
— The team will return to Bradenton, Fla. on Tuesday night. It will practice at IMG Soccer Academy on Wednesday and then play a training game against the University of Central Florida at 1 p.m. Thursday.
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(On the training game…) “It’s good that we came back from 2-0 down but I thought in the first half we actually played some pretty good soccer. I thought we created some good opportunities. If it wouldn’t be for bad luck we would have no luck. It was a situation where I was looking for the chances we could create for ourselves. We have got to do a better job finishing, that’s got to be better. We have also got to do a better job of not dominating and then conceding a goal at the other end of the field. We have got to cut out those mistakes. Overall, I was pleased with the soccer. I thought it was better and I was happy with the fact that we came back equalized the game in the second half.”
(On the team’s scoring…) “I didn’t think we deserved to lose the game today, for sure. It was good. The penalty was good by O’Brian [White] trying to shield it. [Fredy] Montero buries the penalty and then the second goal was a great combination between [Roger] Leveque and Michael Tetteh. I thought we had some other opportunities where we were right there knocking on the door. If we continue to do that, things will turn out alright. There’s always a point in every game where you’re not going to dominate the game, where the other team is going to get it and right now what we’re doing is we are giving up goals in those periods of time. We’ve just got to be able to eliminate that and we’ve got to work on defending set pieces as well because that was an Achilles heel last year and it’s something we haven’t worked on at all so far this year. I usually don’t work on it in the first two, three weeks but they’ll get a steady diet of that from now on.”
(On impressions of two training games in Orlando…) “It was good because we were able to push guys 60 minutes. We were able to play two different units. It gave guys opportunities to step up and make a case for themselves. I always say I don’t make decisions, players make decisions for me. Guys had an opportunity to make their case as to why they should be on the team or why they shouldn’t be on the team.”
(On players that impressed…) “Like I said, I thought we had some good moments. I thought [Osvaldo] Alonso played very well in the first half. I thought Leo Gonzalez was very good as well in the first half. Obviously [Fredy] Montero I thought had, outside of the one that hit the post, had some other good opportunities. [Steve] Zakuani had some key moments. There were some good one-two’s from [Alvaro] Fernandez on the right side of the field as well that got him in behind. I was pleased. The second group that came out I thought Roger Levesque played with great energy. We play him at right back, right midfield and he’s doing a great job there. I thought as well that [Servando] Carrasco came in and played well for us in the middle of midfield. Obviously [Michael] Tetteh scores a great goal. We’ll get his defending better but he’s got some instincts offensively that you can’t teach. At the end of the day, I think he’s going to be a very good player for us on the left side.”
(On Erik Friberg and Patrick Ianni…) “We are just being cautious with both of them. We are seeing how Erik comes along. We will get a better idea tomorrow. Are they such that they might be able to play on Saturday? Don’t know. We’ll see how that works but for sure we think by the time we play the Cascadia Summit they should be ready to go.”