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Sounders Academy in Tie for First in Group

You may have read this in the comments of the last post, but the Sounders won last night 2-1 over the Philadelphia Union.

Seattle Sounders 2, Philadelphia Union 1

Seattle continued its strong play with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union thanks to a strong defensive effort from the Sounders back line and goalkeeper Rodney Greiling. Both of Seattle's goals were courtesy of defenders - Michael Gallagher and Ian Lange, respectively. Midfielder Aaron Kovar, a standout for Seattle thus far, delivered an inswinging corner kick that Gallagher redirected with a sharp header for the first goal. Lange then got on the end of a loose ball in the box after another Kovar corner to give Sounders FC a 2-0 halftime lead.

 The report on the second half, and stats can be seen here.

It is notable that Seattle now sits tied for first with the Columbus Crew Academy who they face Monday.

Pos. Group B
1 Columbus
1 0 1 1 5 +1
1 0 1 1 5 +1
3 FC Dallas
0 1 1 0 1 -1
0 1 1 0 1 -1

Group A is toss-up with three teams that could win. Group C will either be Houston or Chivas who face off tomorrow as well. Group D is a three team race for the final day as well. Only the Group winners advance in the tournament.

Here are the linescores for the two matches so far

SEA -- Aaron Kovar 1 (Travis Strawn 1) 12
SEA -- Michael Gallagher 1 (Aaron Kovar 1)
SEA -- Ian Lange 1 (unassisted)

Seattle's keeper (Rodney Geiling) has given up a goal a game, but all indications are that he has been performing better than expected.

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