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Seattle Sounders crush hosts FC Tucson six-nil

Starting their 1st XI Sigi Schmid's men put an early hurting on the Tucson Reds. The Sounders had a hat-trick of braces.

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The hydra is alive and well. In the first half Lamar Neagle put home a brace and Clint Dempsey added his own. The Rave Green went on to win six-nothing. Kevin Parsemain scored his brace in the final minutes of the game. Obafemi Martins, Gonzalo Pineda, new right back Tyrone Mears and Dempsey all earned assists in the first 45.

Seattle did offer the southern Arizona team a couple of chances. Mears had a dangerous turnover that Stefan Frei parried away. Late in the half Frei rushed out when the numbers were on FC Tucson's side. He created enough trouble and Brad Evans stepped up to close the angle. The ensuing shot went well over the goal.

That first half lineup was Frei; Gonzalez, Marshall, Evans (c), Mears; Neagle, Pineda, Azira, Pappa; Martins and Dempsey.

Sigi started the second half with the same lineup. Some chances were created, but the pace of play was slower than the first half as the Sounders worked on possession play against a 10 behind the ball. In the 61st minute Troy Perkins entered for Frei.

Pappa's best chance came in the 64th minute when he rounded FCT's keeper, but left himself with too tight an angle to finish the goal.

And in the 70th minute a line-change happened. Perkins; Correa, Scott, Lowe, Ockford; Kovar, Rose, Roldan, Cooper; Barrett, Parsemain. Rose sat deeper than Roldan, who Sigi is trying to decide should be a defensive mid, box-to-box or a CAM. The 2nd XI is mostly youngsters with six players under 25 (Perkins, Scott, Cooper, Barrett, Parsemain over that).

Kevin Parsemain continued his preseason magic adding the fifth goal in the 87th minute and the sixth in the 89th.

Seattle's next match in the Desert Diamond Cup is against Sporting Kansas City at 7 PM on Saturday. That match will be streamed. They play a friendly against Minnesota United at 11 AM which Live Sounders will cover on Twitter. Sounders Two has a scrimmage tomorrow at 4:30. Their opponent is the club's U18s on Starfire's Field 11.