Sounders win! Sounders win! Sure, it was in the Reserve League, but there are standings kept so it counts. Most notable of course will be the Michael Tetteh goal late, at least to those browsing the story, but more important to the future for real League play is who plays, and where.
Would anyone accept a season with a Heritage Cup and Reserve League title?
Robert Jonas reported on twitter that the Sounders midfield controlled the game, as well as the Seattle side controlling possession and having a shot advantage, particularly in shots on goal.
Here's the starting lineup.
There is some question as to how it finished, as there is no report as to who went up top at the end, but here's a best guess until the Sounders report is posted.
The San Jose Earthquakes release is below the break.
Earthquakes Reserves Fall 1-0 to Sounders FC in San Jose
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Michael Tetteh came off the bench to break a scoreless draw, striking an 87th-minute game winner to give Sounders FC a 1-0 edge over the Earthquakes in Sunday’s Reserve League match at the Nutrilite Training Facility.
Tetteh cut in from the left, took a friendly bounce off an Earthquakes defender while trying to dribble to the right and then unleashed a shot that whizzed through the legs of center back Brad Ring and into the net past a diving Andrew Weber.
Weber made several quality stops for San Jose and finished with seven saves in his second Reserve League start of 2011. Both sides had their chances at goal with a narrow 13-11 shot advantage for Seattle, but it was Weber that was tested more often with Sounders FC placing eight shots on goal to San Jose’s one.
The Earthquakes Reserves return to action on Saturday, April 23 when they host Chivas USA at 4:30 p.m. PT at the Nutrilite Training Facility.
Seattle Sounders FC (1-0-0) at San Jose Earthquakes (1-1-0)
April 3, 2011 – Nutrilite Training Facility
Scoring Summary: SEA – Michael Tetteh 1 (unassisted) 87.
Misconduct Summary: SEA – Roger Levesque (Caution; Persistent Infringement) 39; SEA – John Kennedy Hurtado (Caution; Game Disrepute) 52; SJ – Matt Luzunaris (Caution; Game Disrepute) 52; SEA – David Estrada (Caution; Intentional Handling) 88.
San Jose Earthquakes – Andrew Weber, Steven Beitashour, Ike Opara (James Callahan 64), Bobby Burling, Justin Morrow, Brad Ring, Anthony Ampaipitakwong (David Frank 30), Rafael Baca, Matt Luzunaris, Yuri Morales (Nick Lima 73), Jesus Padilla.
Statistics: Shots: 11; Shots on Goal: 1; Saves: 7; Fouls: 12; Offsides: 0; Corners: 3.
Seattle Sounders FC – Terry Boss, Roger Levesque, John Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Zach Scott, Lamar Neagle (Pat Noonan 80), Servando Carrasco, Mike Seamon, Miguel Montano (Michael Tetteh 62), Nate Jaqua (Taylor Graham 55), David Estrada.
Statistics: Shots: 13; Shots on Goal: 8; Saves: 1; Fouls: 19; Offsides: 6; Corners: 4.