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April 1, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Sounders reserves beat Gonzaga 4-0

gonzaga 2012.jpgThe weather conditions varied from bad to miserable Sunday at Starfire, so keeping notes on a reserve game between Sounders FC and Gonzaga University was a little difficult at times.

Seattle won 4-0 on goals by Alex Caskey, Eddie Johnson, Cordell Cato and Daniel Steres (a non-roster guest player).

Here was the Sounders’ starting lineup:

GK Andrew Weber, RB Roger Levesque, CB Steres, CB Andrew Duran, LB Leo Gonzalez, RM Mike Seamon, CM Andy Rose, CM Alex Caskey, LM Steve Zakuani, F Sammy Ochoa, F Eddie Johnson

Goalkeeper Bryan Meredith came in at halftime. Cordell Cato and a few guest players subbed on throughout the second half, as well.

Some notes from the day:

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— The team confirmed that rookie forward Babayele Sodade did in fact tear his right ACL while serving with Canada’s Olympic qualifying team. He’s expected to undergo surgery soon and be placed on the disabled list.

— Obviously Zakuani starting and playing 45 minutes was the other big news. He hadn’t played against competition in about a year since suffering the broken leg last April in Colorado. He talked about it in the previous post. Coach Sigi Schmid said it was a big step psychologically and physically. Plus, the team got lots of data from Zakuani’s performance through the GPS tracking system, meaning they’ll get a better idea as to how to approach the final steps in his recovery.

— Johnson (hip) was only supposed to go 45 minutes, but wanted to push himself to 60 and got through it without any setbacks. He’s hopeful of being in the squad for the D.C. United game Saturday. Schmid seemed like he was going to agree, but then caught himself and said Johnson is improving and they’ll evaluate it throughout the week. “It was a positive day for him,” the coach added.

— Duran (knee) and Cato (ankle) were able to get some playing time, too, which is a good sign in their recoveries. Duran was cleared by doctors and is back about four weeks after surgery that was expected to have a four to six week recovery. Cato scored a good goal, but might’ve aggravated the ankle injury a bit, Schmid said.

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (pelvic injury) felt better today than he did Saturday, according to Schmid. “We’ll just see how he feels tomorrow and then how he feels on Tuesday,” the coach said. “It’s one of those injuries in the pelvic region that a lot of players have. Some just play through it. Some are more sore from it and it takes a little longer to calm down, and then to play. Hopefully it calms down. If it calms down again like it did from yesterday to today, he should be in good shape.”

— When asked if his view of the PK changed a day later, Schmid said: “No. Not to me anyway. Obviously there’s things we could’ve down better in the game and so forth. I think a tie would’ve been a fair result last night. I’m not saying that we played so well we deserved to win. I thought in the second half we were better, but there were things that I think we could’ve done a lot better in the first half. But no, my view of the call is the same.”

— Schmid reiterated the team’s goal to win season series. Seattle already won those against Toronto and Houston, and will have two more games against San Jose to settle that one. The coach said if the Sounders win about 14 season series they’ll be in good shape.


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