Two teams that will face each other in ten days learned little during their Desert Diamond Cup clash. Sigi Schmid started Seattle's second team, while the New England Revolution played mostly a first team. That difference in talent is reflected in the dirty, lying scoreline. Seattle Sounders FC controlled more of the match as they played a man up from the 60th minute on, and only a PK call against Zach Scott gave the Revs the win.
Kenny Cooper started the scoring early. In the fourth minute he nailed his fourth preseason goal. Darwin Jones started on the wing and assisted that goal. That advantage lasted until the 2nd minute of the second half when Damion Lowe scored a goal for the Revolution. He was not involved in a trade at halftime.
The Sounders earned advantage when Tyler Rudy cleaved through Cristian Roldan. Rudy's red meant that Seattle held sway to the match. Cooper, Parsemain and Rose would not convert quality opportunities.
Sean Okoli drew the fateful call. The former Sounder (it'll be once and always when the pain of the DDC loss goes away. OK, once and always) was crushed by Zach Scott in a harsh clash in the box. The call went Okoli's way. Charlie Davies finished the kick from the spot.
The two-one scoreline will lie for the rest of history. It also tells little about the match that will open the season on Sunday March 8th.
Subs: Lyon, Kovar, Lowe, Evans, Azira, Frano, Remick. #SEAvNE— Sounders Matchday (@LIVESounders) February 26, 2015