TUKWILA—The Sounders’ reserves beat San Jose, 2-1, Tuesday night at Starfire Stadium to earn their first win of the season. Will Bates scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute on a tap-in rebound, set up by a powerful header by Ashani Fairclough, and Seattle (1-1-1) also benefited from an own goal in the 56th minute.
The Earthquakes scored in stoppage time, as they tend to do, through defender Hunter Gorskie — the same guy who deflected a Philip Lund cross into his own net earlier in the game.
Some other takeaways: Patrick Ianni was able to go 90 minutes for the first time this year since breaking his foot in preseason. David Estrada is fully cleared and played 30 minutes coming back from the eye injury. Rookie Eriq Zavaleta had some impressive moments as a forward. Trialist Josue Martinez also had some flashes on the wing.
San Jose (0-3) started a trio of ex-Sounders in forward Mike Fucito, midfielder Cordell Cato and defender Andrew Duran, who served as a guest player for the shorthanded visitors.
Duran, of course, was cut by Seattle last week. After the game, he exchanged hugs and handshakes with a lot of his ex-teammates. He also chatted with me for a quick second.
More from that interview, plus a schedule and box score after the jump…
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The main thing I wanted to ask Duran is if he felt he got a fair shake in his time with the Sounders. The team’s top pick in the 2012 SuperDraft, the defender was cut after about 15 months with Seattle, and much of that was spent injured (he tore his ACL last year while on loan with Atlanta).
“It’s just the way the game goes,” Duran said. “You hit (bumps) here and there. I had a point like this in college where I was at a low point, and you just roll with the punches. Everybody gets injured, and that ends a lot of careers. I just come back really well from ACLs; a lot of people don’t. (Chicago Bulls point guard) Derrick Rose didn’t play for a year. It’s just how you take it. People could be out with one injury. I just have happened to play through them all, and I just roll with the punches.”
Duran said playing against the Sounders so soon after being let go was strange, but it was good to get a game in. The opportunity was set up when a San Jose coach told a University of Washington coach that the Quakes were looking for players, and that got relayed to Duran.
So what’s next for him?
“Right now it’s tentative,” Duran said. “I might go to Philly on trial. So that or wherever it takes me. I’m just chasing the dream.”
Here is the reserves’ schedule with the box score afterward…
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|Sunday||March 17||vs. Portland, L 1-0||5 p.m.||Starfire Stadium|
|TBD||TBD||at Salt Lake||TBD||America First Field|
|Monday||April 15||at LA Galaxy, T 1-1||11 a.m.||HDC – University 1|
|Tuesday||April 23||vs. San Jose, W 2-1||8 p.m.||Starfire Stadium|
|Sunday||May 12||vs. Orlando City SC||4 p.m.||Cheney Stadium|
|Sunday||June 2||at Chivas USA||11 a.m.||HDC – Field TBA|
|Sunday||July 7||at Vancouver||11 a.m.||UBC Thunderbird Stadium|
|Sunday||July 21||vs. Colorado||2 p.m.||Starfire Stadium|
|Monday||July 29||vs. Chivas USA||7 p.m.||Starfire Stadium|
|Sunday||Aug. 11||at Orlando City SC||4:30 p.m.||Citrus Bowl|
|Monday||Aug. 26||vs. Vancouver||7 p.m.||Starfire Stadium|
|Monday||Oct. 14||at Portland||2 p.m.||JELD-WEN Field|
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SOUNDERS FC 2, SAN JOSE 1 (MLS Reserve League)
SEA – Own Goal (Hunter Gorskie) 56′
SEA – Will Bates 72′
SJ – Hunter Gorskie 91+
Seattle Sounders FC – Marcus Hahnemann, Zach Scott, Ashani Fairclough, Patrick Ianni, Dylan Remick, Mario Martinez (David Estrada 57′), Servando Carrasco, Andy Rose, Alex Caskey (Josue Martinez 45′), Philip Lund (Will Bates 69′), Eriq Zavaleta (Sammy Ochoa 80′).
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Ford, Henry Wingo, Mark Matula.
TOTAL SHOTS: 13; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 6; OFFSIDE: 3; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 5.
San Jose Earthquakes – Evan Newton, Colin Mitchell, Hunter Gorskie, Andrew Duran, Dan Gargan, Sam Garza, Abu Tommy (Dan Delgado 71′), Walter Martinez, Cordell Cato (Andrew Gray 60′), Mike Fucito (Tommy Thompson 80′), Adam Jahn (Marcus Tracy 71′).
Substitutes Not Used:
TOTAL SHOTS: 16; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 9; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 5.
SEA – Sammy Ochoa (caution) 90+
Referee: Katja Koroleva
Referee’s Assistants: Marco Arruda, Ray Moffatte Jr.
4th Official: Chipalo Street
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Cloudy and 59-degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.