Andy Rose and trialist Kevin Parsemain scored Seattle's two goals in a match that mainly featured trialists and youngsters. The Vancouver Whitecaps did manage to put one past Josh Ford late to prevent a two-keeper shutout.
Seattle Sounders FC fielded three trialists (including new addition Gonzalo Pineda), two rookies under contract, four players in their first year in Rave Green, Andy Rose and Zach Scott to start the match. Michael Azira looked strong at right back, but it was Kevin Parsemain that put his stamp on the match early. Not only did he score the first goal in the 27th minute, he was active creating space and using his chances to establish opportunities.
Damion Lowe showed why he was picked eighth. Today was more than just a display of athletic prowess by the 20-year old GA player. Lowe also showed strong spatial awareness in cutting out several Vancouver attacking movements.
Andy Rose continued to show offseason improvements. Playing as the more forward central mid, but not really a CAM he was in attacking space often. Goal number two came off his head in the 50th minute.
This match played in three thirty-minute periods and that last period is where Vancouver had their second best chance. Teibert's missed PK early in the game was their best. Mitchell headed home to beat Ford. Ford was challenged several times by Darren Mattocks, but the Jamaican could not slip any past Seattle's third keeper.
Aaron Kovar's training as the 4th left back continued. He's being used there while Leo Gonzalez recovers and is showing strong footwork going forward and good service in dead ball situations. There are even improvements match-to-match in his one-on-one defending.
Seattle debuted a second new trialist in the third period as well. John Arroyo stepped in to play the central midfield. Estrada and Caskey provided veteran leadership in the final minutes of a squad that was even younger than the one that started the game.
Sounders FC return to Starfire for their third chunk of training this week.