It’s time for the last training game of Sounders FC’s stint in Florida. They’ll take on Florida Gulf Coast University at 1 p.m. and, as usual, Matt Gaschk’s live blog will be the primary source for these updates. I’ll also be checking out the Sounders FC and FGCU Twitter accounts and posting the highlights below.
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Final: Sounders FC 5, Florida Gulf Coast University 0. Newcomer Eddie Johnson had a productive first period (scored once, involved in the buildup to two other goals), but left early after apparently tweaking his hamstring.
Birthday boy Christian Sivebaek, David Estrada, an unnamed trialist and a FGCU own goal resulted in the other scores.
Most of the starters didn’t see any action today as they look ahead to Wednesday’s game against Atlante FC in Cancun, Mexico. The goalkeeper rotation went Michael Gspurning, Andrew Weber and Bryan Meredith, which might be worth noting.
Look for team-provided quotes and highlights later today after the jump.
84′: GOAL SEATTLE. Own goal by FGCU off a 1v1 chance by Sodade makes it 5-0 Sounders.
73′: GOAL SEATTLE. And what do you know? The unnamed trialist scores just a couple minutes into coming into the game. It comes off a Caskey free kick that bounced around. Sounders up 4-0.
67′: According to Gaschk, Seattle has subbed on an unnamed trialist for Seamon. He says not to read too much into it.
61′: Play resumes.
Start of the third period: Amadou Sanyang is in at right back. Levesque goes to right midfielder. Caskey moves to center midfield. Seamon goes to left midfield. Tetteh goes to left back. Harlinton Gutierres replaces Carrasco at center back. Meredith in goal.
Get all that?
End of second period: No goals for Seattle in the last 30 minutes, but the Sounders still hold a 3-0 lead. One more period to go.
47′: Babayele Sodade, Andy Rose and Alex Caskey are in for Cato, Ianni and Estrada. Sodade is up front with Ochoa. Caskey goes to right midfield. Rose is playing center mid with Carrasco back to center back, interestingly.
46′: Sounders continue to pressure and Estrada continues to show up in the updates. Perhaps his resurgence will also help ease the loss of Fucito up front…
31′: Play has resumed. Gaschk says Andrew Weber is in goal now for the Sounders.
Start of second period: Roger Levesque comes in for Scott at right back. Michael Tetteh comes in for Sivebaek at left mid.
End of first period: The Sounders lead 3-0 after goals by Johnson, Sivebaek and Estrada. I wonder if the group on the field at the end might see another 30 minutes, maybe with a goalkeeper change.
29′: Gaschk says Johnson might’ve tweaked his hamstring. He leaves under his own power and Ochoa comes in.
28′: GOAL SEATTLE. David Estrada knocks in a rebound after Cordell Cato hit a cross from Johnson off the crossbar. It’s 3-0 Sounders.
14′: GOAL SEATTLE. Christian Sivebaek converts a penalty kick after being fouled in the box. Johnson and Estrada were involved in the buildup. It’s 2-0 Sounders.
11′: GOAL SEATTLE. Eddie Johnson doesn’t take long to find the net in his preseason debut. He makes it 1-0 Sounders with a solo effort. Gaschk has the details in his live blog.
1′: The game has begun.
Start of first period: Here are Seattle’s starters. Johnson won’t play with the first team today, it appears…
GK Michael Gspurning, D Zach Scott, D Andrew Duran, D Patrick Ianni, D Marc Burch, M Cordell Cato, M Servando Carrasco, M Mike Seamon, M Christian Sivebaek, F Eddie Johnson, F David Estrada.
Pregame: Three 30-minute periods today, per Gaschk. I expect the starters to play one of those.
Pregame: Maybe we’ll get some clarity on a backup goalkeeper, too.
Pregame: The starters are expected to only see limited action today as they get ready for Wednesday’s game at Atlante FC in Cancun, Mexico. We should still see a projected first XI and we’ll see where new addition Eddie Johnson plays.
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COACH SIGI SCHMID
(On the training game…) “It was good. Obviously it was a good opportunity for our guys to play. We didn’t really play the first group today. We are trying to make sure we get the minutes. We get everybody fit. We are trying to get our guys on a rhythm. I was pleased for the first 30 minutes we were very good. I thought we scored some good goals. Eddie Johnson was good in the goal that he got. [Christian] Sivebaek showed some things obviously that he has been showing all along. And I thought we got back into it the last 30 minutes and managed the game fairly well. It’s a game we should win and we did win and we scored goals.”
(On Eddie Johnson…) “He’s a quality player. We only wanted to get 30 minutes out of him. Obviously it’s been a while since he’s played so he needs to get fit and we’ve got to now be careful with him. I don’t think our fans can view it as, ‘OK, now he’s going to start against Santos Laguna and play 90 minutes,’ because that’s probably not a realistic goal. I think he will have an impact on that series, but we have to decide how that’s going to be. Now the concern is just that we build his fitness up appropriately and don’t come to a period of time where he’s going to get heavy legs, as well. But he has got two good feet. He can shoot left or right footed. He showed that with the left-footed goal he scored. He can hold the ball up for us up front, as well. He’s got speed to get behind, his timing coming off. I think him and [Fredy] Montero are going to be very good together.”
(On the rest of the group…) “Guys continue to battle and fight and show things. I think Cordell Cato is improving every game out. He’s a young guy. He’s 19 years old. He’s learning it. It’s a different training than he has been used to and exposed to but I thought his first 30 minutes were really good. [Christian] Sivebaek is starting to adjust and learn the team, as well. I thought Alex Caskey was probably our best player in the last 30 minutes. He really ran the game for us and he had missed a few days because he was out with a concussion. […] Guys are stepping up and they realize there is competition and that it’s tough sledding to make the team.”
(On the Florida training camp…) “It’s been good. Obviously the results are always good. Winning is a habit so you want to get some wins under your belt. It helps our team’s confidence. We are also making headway in terms of our fitness. We are coming through at this stage pretty injury free. The only thing we are really concerned about right now is maybe Eddie [Johnson], but we don’t think that’s very much. And everybody else was healthy today to play with the exception of [Steve] Zakuani, who we are still holding out. So to get the fitness in, to be healthy, to play games, to get good results, it’s been a good trip for us.”
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