A reserve-heavy lineup for the Sounders had no problems in Sunday’s early exhibition against the College of Charleston, cruising to a 5-0 win as the team improved to 5-0-1 in preseason.
The goal-scorers, in order, were Zach Scott, Sean Okoli, Tristan Bowen, David Estrada and Fabio Pereira. It marked the first preseason goal for each except for Pereira, an unsigned fourth-round draft pick, who is tied for Seattle’s lead in these six exhibitions with two.
Here was the Sounders’ starting lineup: GK Josh Ford, D Leo Gonzalez, D Damion Lowe, D Scott, D Jimmy Ockford, M Bowen, M Gonzalo Pineda, M Alex Caskey, M Okoli, F Chad Barrett, F Kevin Parsemain
Gonzalez played 45 minutes in his first action this preseason as he returns from offseason groin surgery. He was replaced at left back by homegrown product Aaron Kovar, who played a role in a couple of Seattle’s four second-half goals. Caskey was also a key playmaker on the night.
Estrada, Pereira, John Arroyo, Eriq Zavaleta and Cam Weaver came off the bench, which might give a sense of the pecking order.
Ford, for his part, saved a penalty kick to preserve the shutout.
The College of Charleston boasts two alumni from the Sounders academy, Troy Peterson and Ike Crook.
I believe the only Sounders players in camp who didn’t play over the weekend are goalkeeper Stefan Frei defender DeAndre Yedlin (nursing an ankle sprain) and defender Djimi Traore (nursing an unspecified injury).
Seattle’s next game is Wednesday in the Carolina Challenge Cup against the Houston Dynamo, 2 p.m. PT.