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Sounders 2-Nil Winners Over Oregon State In Scrimmage

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Roger Levesque Ranges Forward
Roger Levesque Ranges Forward

The game was an oppotunity for the Seattle Sounders reserve players to go 90, as well as to get Eddie Johnson a half of play within Sigi Schmid's system. Seattle's two goals came in each half. The first came when Sammy Ochoa headed an Alex Caskey corner into an Oregon State Beaver defender, but the shot likely would have gone in any way. Goal number two was an impressive long distance strike by Christian Sivebaek in the second half. He buried the shot from outside of the 18 with a shallow angle going far post, at the time Sivebaek was the left mid.

While Seattle only won 2-nil over a college side, the primary objective of this match was more like a preseason game. Sigi said after the game that he wanted to get the reserve players a longer run than they'd had yet this year.

For a lot of the reserve guys this was their first time to go 90 minutes. We really wanted them to go 90 minutes. Even the guys who only went 45 we had them train with the other group. We wanted to get them closest to 90 minutes as possible for them.

Roger Levesque played 90 as the right back, but charged forward quite a bit. Sometimes that was with the vocal encouragement from Zach Scott (captain) and others he left Sivebaek to cover the area. Michael Tetteh played as the left mid in the first half, while Sivebaek was on the right.

The pairing up top was Ochoa and Johnson who did well to create several chances that went just wide of the left post. Johnson was playing more of the speed role during the run of play. He was sprung with long balls over as well as on the ground. During dead balls he tended to use his height much more. His second half replacement was Babayele Sodade who paired with the remaining Ochoa as twin towers.

Caskey and Andy Rose both played so their future with the team seems likely. Rose played the second half as the more defensive mid while Caskey went 90 as a box-to-box type mid. Andrew Weber started while Bryan Meredith finished the match.