Eddie Johnson's goal was the highlight, but this was more typical of the action - Christian Petersen
In the second preseason match of the year the Seattle Sounders earned a result, but what exactly did they learn?
Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson were clearly the highlights of the match. Johnson's move to beat the New England Revolution defense and subsequent shot were exactly what Seattle Sounders FC will need to see from the forward this year. Evans was a strong distributor, great at off ball runs and threaded the penalty shot into the net.
Besides that this was not a good performance by Seattle or the Revs. The tackles were more often thuggish and behavior reactionary than hard and smart. Sigi's men were more often in the wrong than Jay Heaps' side. Even Osvaldo Alonso went in too hard, too often and was asked to leave rather than receive a Red. Clyde Simms smacked at him and was also asked off. Later there would be double Reds on their Nyassi for a scissor tackle from behind and Marc Burch for retaliation. In all there were eight official cards, two unofficial cards and 25 fouls.
Djimi Traore started with the first team and Mikael Silvestre started the second half with a B+ squad. Zach Scott came on late. Traore read the game better than Silvestre but went long ball more often. Silvestre had a mix of good and poor short passing. David Estrada started as the other forward and provided a lot of pressure. He was unable to chase the long balls headed his way as they were too fast.
In all it was a poor match. A better team would have crushed Seattle. Route A was the long ball over the top. Route B was though the flanks (more often Rosales). The Sounders can only get better than this preseason match that saw three national teamers practice with the team in very limited minutes and a trialist at centerback.
FINAL MATCH STATISTICS
02.08.2013: Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium — 5 P.M.
NEW ENGLAND 0 – SEATTLE 2
SEA: ’27 3-Brad Evans (PK), ’45, 7-Eddie Johnson (10-Mauro Rosales)
NER: 22-Bobby Shuttleworth, 23-Jose Goncalves, 5-A.J. Soares 8-Chris Tierney (’42 6-Scott Caldwell), 4-Kalifa Cisse, 2-Andrew Farrell, 19- Clyde Simms (’38, 3-Tyler Polak), 24-Lee Nguyen, 41-Gabe Latigue (’26, 7-Juan Toja),
14-Diego Fagundez, 27-Jerry Bengtson
’45 Subs: 25-Darrius Barnes, 18-Matt Horth (’69, 92-Dimitry Imbongo), 15-Stephen
McCarthy, 17-Sainey Nyassi, 30-Kevin Alston (’58 16-Bilal Duckett), 48-Marko Jesic, 46-
Donnie Smith, 12-Andy Dorman
Coach: Jay Heaps
SEA: 1-Michael Gspurning (’45, 24-Marcus Hahnemann), 5-Adam Johansson (’64, 2-DeAndre Yedlin), 50-Dijimi Traore (’45, 26-Sammy Ochoa), 34-Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (’67, 20-Zach Scott), 12- Leo Gonzalez (’64, 8-Marc Burch), 10-Mauro Rosales (’67, 14-Alex Caskey), 6-Osvaldo Alonso (’38, 25-Andy Rose), 3-Brad Evans (’67, 23-Servando Carrasco), 11-Steve
Zakuani (’64, 27-Lamar Neagle), 16-David Estrada (’67, 43-Travis Bowen), 7-Eddie Johnson (’45, 53-Mikael Silvestre)
Coach: Sigi Schmid
NER — ’25, 23-Jose Goncalves
SEA — ’18, 12-Leo Gonzalez, ’25, 7-Eddie Johnson, ’32, 6-Osvaldo Alonso, ’43, 50-
Djimi Traore, ’83, 43-Travis Bowen
NER — ’79, 17-Sainey Nyassi
SEA — ’79, 8-Marc Burch