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February 22, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Sounders improve to 4-0-1 in preseason after finding late winner against Charleston

The live stream of Saturday’s game might have stopped working, but the Sounders didn’t. Homegrown player Sean Okoli came off the bench to earn a penalty kick in the 88th minute, and Brad Evans finished the chance to give Seattle a 2-1 win in the Carolina Challenge Cup against the tournament host Charleston Battery.

The Sounders improved to 4-0-1 in preseason, with all four wins coming by the same score.

Okoli, a Federal Way native, set up the winner with a nice run into the penalty box from the right side. He has played at least a contributing role in three of the team’s last four goals in preseason. Evans continued his fine form on PKs, where he is 7 for 7 in Sounders’ regular-season games.

Seattle had opened the scoring in the 25th minute, when midfielder Osvaldo Alonso fired a thunderbolt of a 24-yard volley into the top corner of the net. Alonso didn’t celebrate that fantastic strike out of respect for his former team, having played for the Battery in 2008.

Add that goal to Kevin Parsemain’s earlier in preseason and the Sounders have scored twice from outside the penalty box in the last few exhibitions after scoring one such goal the entire 2013 regular season.

Charleston’s goal came in the 28th minute, when team captain Colin Falvey, the reigning USL PRO Defender of the Year, got on the end of a loose ball in the Sounders penalty box and fired a shot past goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann.

A number of players put in their first 90-minute performances of the preseason: forward Obafemi Martins and Kenny Cooper, midfielders Alonso and Andy Rose, defenders Evans (played at right back in place of injured DeAndre Yedlin), Jalil Anibaba, Chad Marshall and Dylan Remick, and Hahnemann in goal.

The Sounders play an exhibition Sunday against the College of Charleston, and their next game in the tournament is Wednesday against the Houston Dynamo.

The Battery started a few notables Saturday in midfielder Michael Azira, who has been in preseason camp with Seattle, ex-Sounder Amadou Sanyang and defender Taylor Mueller, a Sammamish native and University of Washington product.

In the other Carolina Challenge Cup game, D.C. United beat the Dynamo, 2-0.

Here is some video with coach Sigi Schmid, who mentioned Djimi Traore picked up an injury:

Here is some video with Alonso:

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Preseason schedule

Feb. 5 — San Jose Earthquakes (W, 2-1)
Feb. 6 — Vancouver Whitecaps FC (W, 2-1)
Feb. 8 — Portland Timbers FC (T, 0-0)
Feb. 9 — Vancouver Whitecaps FC (W, 2-1)
Feb. 22 — Charleston Battery (W, 2-1)
Feb. 23 — vs. College of Charleston, 7:30 a.m.
Feb. 26 — vs. Houston Dynamo, 2 p.m.
Mar. 1 — vs. D.C. United, 2 p.m.

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SOUNDERS FC 2, CHARLESTON BATTERY 1

Scoring Summary

SEA – Osvaldo Alonso 25′
CHS – Colin Falvy 28′
SEA – Brad Evans (penalty) 89′

Seattle Sounders FC: Marcus Hahnemann, Brad Evans, Jalil Anibaba, Chad Marshall, Dylan Remick, Marco Pappa (Sean Okoli 72′), Osvaldo Alonso, Andy Rose, Lamar Neagle (Cam Weaver 80′), Kenny Cooper, Obafemi Martins.

Charleston Battery: Andy Ramos, Taylor Mueller, Colin Falvey, Shawn Ferguson (Nurdin Hrustic 46′), John Wilson (Drew Ruggles 61′), Amadou Sanyang (Justin Portillo 61′), Quinton Griffith, Michael Azira, Jorad Van Schaik, Zach Prince (Dante Marini 66′), Dane Kelly (Austin Savage 73′).

Misconduct Summary:

CHS – Taylor Mueller (caution) 51′
CHS – Dane Kelly (caution) 71′
CHS – Colin Falvy (caution) 73′
SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 77′
CHS – Michael Azira (caution) 79′

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial

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