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February 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM

FINAL — Sounders FC 2, Columbus Crew 0, training game updates

Columbus Crew Logo.jpgAs has been the case so far this preseason, Matt Gaschk’s live blog will be the primary source of these updates, so be sure to head there for more information. I’ll also pay attention to the Sounders FC and Columbus Crew Twitter accounts and post the highlights below.

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Final: As one final update, I’ve included the box score and team-provided quotes from coach Sigi Schmid after the jump.

Final: Sounders FC 2, Columbus Crew 0. That’s Seattle first win of preseason with Fredy Montero and Cordell Cato providing goals. Michael Gspurning went 90 minutes and Bryan Meredith went the final 30 to earn the shutout.

The starters went about 75 minutes and earned a goal to break a 128-minute drought to start preseason for the first team. Adam Johansson and Mauro Rosales provided assists.

After three more red cards today, we’ve seen five ejections overall in Sounders FC’s three training games. Seattle has accounted for three of those: Jason Banton against Vancouver last week and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Amadou Sanyang today.

More to come from a Sigi Schmid conference call later today.

118′: Yellow card to Columbus’ Heineman. This one’s nearly over.

114′: GOAL SEATTLE! Cordell Cato doubles the lead by heading in a cross from Christian Sivebaek. Sounders up 2-0.

104′: Gaschk confirms Sivebaek is playing forward for the first time this preseason. It had been mentioned as a possibility for the 6-foot-3 newcomer.

94′: Christian Sivebaek is in for Estrada.

91′: Play resumes.

Start of the third period: Bryan Meredith replaces Gspurning in goal.

End of the second period: Seattle leads 1-0 after 90 minutes on the Montero goal. They’ll play one more 30-minute period.

84′: Neagle into the game. Levesque goes to right back and Neagle and Cato will man the wings.

82′: Wow. Red card to Amadou Sanyang now. That’s three ejections this game, five total this preseason in Seattle’s three training games.

76′: Columbus made a bunch of changes, too. Go to Gaschk’s live blog (linked above) for the update.

75′: Wholesale subs coming for Seattle. Here’s the new lineup from Gaschk:

GK Michael Gspurning, D Amadou Sanyang, D Zach Scott, D Andrew Duran, D Marc Burch, M Roger Levesque, M Andy Rose, M Mike Seamon, M Cordell Cato, F Babayele Sodade, F David Estrada

68′: Yellow card to Leo Gonzalez.

63′: Shaun Francis replaces Anor. David Estrada has replaced Fucito.

60′: Red card to the Crew’s Bernardo Anor after tackling Alonso. That’s four red cards — two by the Sounders, two by Sounders’ opponents — in three training games.

54′: GOAL SEATTLE. Rosales to Johansson for the cross, Montero’s heads it in for the opening goal. That’s the first score by the Sounders starters to snap a 128-minute drought to start preseason. 1-0 Seattle.

51′: Looks like Gspurning was called upon on a shot by Finlay and made the save.

46′: Lineups stay the same and play resumes.

End of the first period: Gaschk expects to see 20-30 more minutes from the starting group.

End of first period: Still scoreless after 45 minutes. The Seattle starters are in fact scoreless in their first 120 minutes of preseason action. Let’s see how much longer they go today.

38′: Yellow card to Tchani of the Crew.

29′: Yellow card to Columbus’ Anor.

20′: Ianni comes on for Hurtado. Gaschk indicates the cards might’ve been a bit soft.

13′: Hurtado is shown another yellow card and sent off. Seattle will be able to replace him to keep the game an 11v11. That’s three red cards in as many preseason games involving the Sounders.

12′: Yellow card to Alonso. Apparently the Crew have had most of the possession so far.

10′: Yellow card to Hurtado. Gaschk said Columbus has earned two corner kicks already.

9′: And the Crew’s lineup…

Andy Gruenebaum, Sebastian Miranda, Chad Marshall, Carlos Mendes, Trialist, Ethan Finlay, Milovan Mirosevic, Tony Tchani, Bernardo Anor, Olman Vargas, Emilio Renteria.

3′: This is from Gaschk regarding Rosales: “For today’s coin toss, yes. The club has not named a captain yet and nobody is wearing the armband.”

That may be the case, but I’d still think Rosales performing that duty today is significant.

1′: The game has started. Interestingly, Mauro Rosales is the Sounders captain today as indicated by the team’s Twitter feed. I don’t believe the team has had a captain in previous training games. Might he be the captain for the upcoming season? I’ll ask later.

Pregame: Familiar starting lineup for the Sounders. This has been the group that’s started all three preseason games and has to be the favorite to take on Santos Laguna at this stage…

GK Michael Gspurning, D Adam Johansson, D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, D Jeff Parke, D Leo Gonzalez, M Mauro Rosales, M Osvaldo Alonso, M Brad Evans, M Alvaro Fernandez, F Fredy Montero, F Mike Fucito

Pregame: This is the first of five consecutive Wednesday games for the Sounders. The next four are against Mexican teams — next week it’s at Atlante, then it’s at home vs. Jaguares, then the two-game series with Santos Laguna.

Pregame: This training game will consist of two 45-minute periods followed by an additional 30-minute period. I expect the starting lineup we’ve seen the past two games to get a lot of the action to start (maybe 60 minutes or so?).

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Scoring Summary

SEA – Fredy Montero (Adam Johansson, Mauro Rosales) 54′

SEA – Cordell Cato (Christian Sivebaek) 114′

Seattle Sounders FC

Michael Gspurning (Bryan Meredith 91′), Adam Johansson (Amadou Sanyang 75′; Lamar Neagle 84′), Jeff Parke (Andrew Duran 75′), Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Patrick Ianni 20′; Zach Scott 75′), Leo Gonzalez (Marc Burch 75′), Mauro Rosales (Roger Levesque 75′), Osvaldo Alonso (Andy Rose 75′), Brad Evans (Michael Seamon 75′), Alvaro Fernandez (Cordell Cato 75′), Mike Fucito (David Estrada 62′; Christian Sivebaek 94′), Fredy Montero (Babayele Sodade 75′).

Columbus Crew

Andy Gruenebaum (Matt Lampson 75′), Sebastian Miranda (Aubrey Perry 75′), Carlos Mendes (Eric Gehrig 75′), Chad Marshall (Josh Williams 75′), Lance Liang (Justin Meram 75′; Trialist 110′), Ethan Finlay (Korey Veeder 75′), Milovan Mirosevic (Kirk Urso 75′), Tony Tchani (Cole Grossman 75′), Benardo Anor (Shaun Francis 63′; Trialist 105′), Olman Vargas (Aaron Horton 75′), Emilio Renteria (Tom Heinemann 75′).

Misconduct Summary

SEA – Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (caution) 10′

SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 12′

SEA – Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (caution) 13′

SEA – Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (ejection) 13′

CLB – Bernardo Anor (caution) 29′

CLB – Tony Tchani (caution) 38′

CLB – Bernardo Anor (ejection) 60′

SEA – Leo Gonzalez (caution) 68′

SEA – Amadou Sanyang (ejection) 82′

CLB – Tom Heinemann (caution) 118′

Weather: Sunny and 76-degrees


(On first training game win of the 2012 preseason…) “It is a good feeling. I thought the first 30 minutes of the first-half they were much better than us. They were sharper than us and they carried the game to us a little bit. But we didn’t give too much up in terms of real quality chances. Michael [Gspurning] really only had to make one save, and that was actually more in the second-half that he pulled off that save. The last 15 minutes of the first-half I thought we got a hold of the game more. We talked about things at halftime. We wanted to make sure we took [Milovan] Mirosevic out of the game for them because he was making the game a lot so we needed to get tighter to him, and we needed to get more people in midfield so we could build up better because they were dropping off. Once we started doing that I thought we got a hold of the game. We started to create some things. The goal was a well taken goal, good cross from [Adam] Johansson, combination with [Mauro] Rosales, good header. And I thought Fredy [Montero] could have had the second if he pulls the trigger on the other one that he comes in. Then the guys who played the last 45 [minutes] I thought did well.”

(On the combination of Mauro Rosales and Adam Johansson…) “They are going to get better and better as they know each other more and more. Adam likes to go forward so now we are talking a little bit about picking and choosing those right moments. Rather than go forward 10 times and be effective three or four, I’d rather have you go forward five times and be effective three or four, and so those are picking and choosing. We needed Mauro to come inside a little bit more, which he did in the second-half also, because he is an important player for us. He needs to get on the ball; needs to make things happen and I thought he did that.”

(On how the cards affected the game…) “Obviously it forced us to move some things around. […] The referee made some interesting calls and so forth. It allowed us to put some guys in. It allowed us to look at Roger [Levesque] at outside back and actually we weren’t going to play Christian Sivebaek because of his ankle a little bit but he said he felt a lot better today so it was a miracle recovery and we put him in up front. It was a chance for us to see him up front and obviously he was quite effective there.”

(On the newcomers…) “It’s good to see the new guys involved. [Adam] Johansson gets an assist. [Christian] Sivebaek really made that goal for Cordell [Cato] with a good move, a little scoop pass and Cordell got in there. I think the fans will see that those guys give us a dimension, obviously with their pace and their speed and their athleticism from that standpoint and that’s going to be a nice addition to our squad.”


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