Mario Martinez supplied another golazo as the Sounders improved to 3-0-0 in the Desert Diamond Cup.
Another game, another impressive goal from Mario Martinez. The Seattle Sounders midfielder only played about 30 minutes, as did most of the team's starters, but he made the most of it by striking a volley from about 22 yards. What made it even more amazing was that he did it in a somewhat significant snow fall.
Equally encouraging was how well the Sounders played during the final stages of the game. With the starters in, they held possession easily and created numerous dangers chances. They also sported what can best be described as a 4-5-1 with David Estrada at the point.
The other goal was provided by Alex Caskey, who cleaned up a rebound from a Travis Bowen shot. The Sounders didn't look as dominant while the reserves were playing, but they managed to limit the Red Bulls chances and took advantage of the one they had for themselves.
SEA - Alex Caskey 36'
SEA - Mario Martinez 78'
Seattle Sounders FC - Marcus Hahnemann (Josh Ford 63), Dylan Remick (DeAndre Yedlin 63), Eriq Zavaleta (Zach Scott 63), Ashani Fairclough (Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 63), Marc Burch (Leo Gonzalez 63), Alex Caskey (Mario Martinez 63), Servando Carrasco (Osvaldo Alonso 63), Andy Rose (Brad Evans 63), Lamar Neagle (Steve Zakuani 63), Travis Bowen (Jennings Rex 46, David Estrada 63), Sammy Ochoa (Mauro Rosales 63).
TOTAL SHOTS: 6; FOULS: 3; OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 4.
New York Red Bulls - Luis Robles, Kosuke Kimura (Brandon Barklage 63), Jamison Olave (Markus Holgersson 46), Heath Pearce (Tyler Ruthven 63), Roy Miller (Peguy Luyindula 67), Eric Alexander, Juninho (Michael Bustamante 46), Josue Martinez (Lloyd Sam 63), Ruben Izquierdo (Rafhael Domingues 77), Connor Lade, Fabian Espindola (Amando Moreno 46).
TOTAL SHOTS: 12; FOULS: 10; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 3.
SEA - Eriq Zavaleta (caution) 4'
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial
Coach Sigi Schmid
(On going undefeated in the Desert Diamond Cup round robin...) "Obviously we're pleased. Every time you play you want to win. Wins in preseason don't matter much. It's the real season that counts, but I'm pleased with the work of the reserve guys...Also we've got to make some decisions at the bottom end of our roster. I'm pleased with guys getting an opportunity to show they can either play with us or not. And I'm pleased with what happened in the last 30 minutes-I thought the quality of soccer was very good."
(On the play of the starting unit in the last 30 minutes of the game...) "It was good. Obviously New York had their reserves in, but I thought we were very dominant in that period of time. I thought the passing sequences were very good. I thought the goal-not just the strike, but the whole sequence that led up to the goal-was very good."
(On the play of the reserve unit in the first 60 minutes of the game...) "I think New York had more possession in the first half. Some of the possession was far away from our goal, so it wasn't really possession that hurt us. It meant that they were out and we had opportunities to attack a little quicker. We didn't do a good enough job early on when we won the ball, holding on to the ball. We need to do a little better with that, but outside of that I thought the guys caught the rhythm of the game. I thought they played a little better, I thought they put some pressure on New York. When you look at actual chances that were created, I think we were as dangerous as they were."
(On the weather conditions...) "Snow in Tucson? Next thing you're going to tell me it's going to snow in Monterrey when we go there. It's definitely been strange."
(On only giving up one goal in three games...) "I think we've played well defensively. We gave away some chances, like the chance there at the end of the game that I thought the team should have done better with. I think the goalkeeping has been solid-Marcus [Hahnemann] has been good, Josh Ford has been good, as well, as has Michael Gspurning. I think the defense has been steady. I think they've not exposed themselves. They've worked together, but they've also gotten good help from our outside midfielders, [who] have done a good job. Even that second group today-Steve Zakuani helping out in the corner defensively, Mario Martinez covering when DeAndre Yedlin went forward. There was some good, responsible play from the outside players, as well."
Midfidler Mario Martinez
(On scoring spectacular goals...) "The truth is I've been very fortunate to score these great goals. The important thing for me is for the team to win. That's the vital thing."
(On his goal today...) "It really came out of nothing. It was kind of a triangle play between Mauro Rosales, Steve Zakuani, and me. The ball was in the air and I was contemplating whether or not to hit it. At the last second I decided to hit it, and fortunately it went in."
(On playing with this group of players...) "It feels great being here. The decision to come here was a smart one. It's a very united group and I'm looking forward to continuing to gel."
(On balancing club and international duties...) "Personally, it's a great honor whenever I go down and play for the national team. I take great pride in putting that jersey on, but I also know I have a responsibility here. Whenever the opportunity presents itself and the coach calls my number I'll be ready."