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February 24, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Sounders FC throttles UCF 7-0, there’s a new face in camp

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Here are some highlights from the team report:

— Sounders FC, playing mostly reserves, smacked around the University of Central Florida 7-0 in a training game Thursday. Sure it was against a college team, but there’s nothing wrong with domination. Seattle had scored seven goals total in its previous six preseason matches.

— Stats from the day: F Pat Noonan (two goals), F O’Brian White (two goals), F Mike Fucito (one goal, two assists), F/M David Estrada (one goal, one assist) and M Miguel Montano (one assist). An unnamed trialist that played center mid also had an assist. Seattle also benefited from a UCF own goal.

— Don’t know much about this trialist, but he might be this guy pictured above with the long hair. We’ll see if he’s around Tuesday. Sounder at Heart does a good job explaining why the team doesn’t name everyone.

— More notes and quotes after the jump.

— Midfielder Roger Levesque, who played on the right and also in the middle, was sent off in the 80th minute due to a scuffle with UCF’s Nik Robson, who was also red carded. Only one player was out due to injury, defender Danny Earls. The starters from Tuesday’s training game practiced in the morning and Nate Jaqua, Erik Friberg and Patrick Ianni all participated in that session.

— White leads Seattle with three goals this preseason; he also has an assist. Next, with two goals apiece: Fredy Montero, Estrada and Noonan. Estrada is also tied for the team-lead in assists (2) with Fucito and Montano.

— Sounders FC will train Friday morning and then go to a Tampa Bay Lightning game courtesy of ex-CEO Tod Leiweke, who now holds the same position for the NHL team. On Saturday, the team’s last day in Florida, Seattle plays Chicago in an 11 a.m. training game before coming back to the Pacific Northwest.

— Quotes from coach Sigi Schmid below:

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(On the goal scoring…) “It was good. A lot of MLS teams so far have played against college teams and so sometimes that is good for rhythm and confidence. We went a little bit different way and played MLS teams early and mixed and matched our teams a little bit. Today was a good game for us. I thought we did a better job of possessing the ball and we created some chances. It was good to see Noonan score. It was good to see O’Brian White get a couple. It was good to see Fucito get there. All of that involvement and spreading it around was good but it all came because we were a little more patient.”

(On what went well today…) “It’s just keeping the ball, keeping our possession. Like I say, coaching is a pendulum and so early on in preseason we pushed them to play quicker, look forward sooner, let’s get in behind, and we swung too far. So now we are trying to swing back, hold it up, be patient, pick the right times. What we are looking for is that right combination and still even though we were more patient we still made some good runs in behind, hit some good one-twos, which is really a reflection of the work in the first ten days of the season so it all comes together. At some point we will play too slow and we will have to speed it up again.”

(On the guys fighting for roster spots…) “It always makes it a little bit tougher but that’s always a good spot to be in. You want to see how guys deal with pressure, how they deal with situations where their backs are against the wall a little bit and how they respond because unfortunately in professional soccer there’s pressure there. There’s pressure when you play in front of 36,000 people. There’s pressure when you’ve got to get a result. There’s pressure when you are matching up against some of the players in our league. You have to be able to deal with pressure so the pressure of making a team is just another form of looking at that.”

(On the confidence of the team…) “I’m sure it helps. Even for the guys who didn’t play it’s like, ‘Hey, we can score goals.’ And especially, you don’t want to score compare, but when you score compare how they did against New England, how this team did against Philly, obviously on any given day things are different, things can happen, but it helps us say we’re on the right track. We are able to score goals against an opponent that we should score goals against and now we just got to continue doing what we are doing because we are on the right track.”


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