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Sounders 2 fall 3-0 to San Antonio: Recap and observations

That's three games, three losses for Sounders FC 2 after they gave up three goals to the brand-new, Spurs-backed San Antonio FC.

The Sounders came out flat, and two individual mistakes led to fairly easy goals for San Antonio forward Jason Johnson within the first 10 minutes. First, Oniel Fisher failed to pick up Johnson as he made a run into the box in the 3rd minute, and Tyler Miller was easily beaten to the far post. A few minutes later, Tobi Jhnohope badly misjudged the bounce of a ball and stood flat-footed as Johnson sped passed him, dribbled around Miller and slotted the ball in for his brace.

Well behind early, S2 found a bit more of the ball and had some promising buildup, but the offense often fell apart in the final third. A strong, skilled San Antonio squad kept S2 from seriously threatening goal for most of the match, though former Sounders keeper Josh Ford was forced into a couple of nice saves.

Despite looking much more threatening to start the second half, S2 never found a way to unlock San Antonio, who were happy to sit back and play the game out. In the 80th minute, fresh San Antonio sub Ferjiro Okidmah pounced on a deflection in front of Miller and made it 3-0 SA. S2 have yet to find a point this season.

Three thoughts:

  • Tony Alfaro is developing a good Brad Evans impression. His defensive play was solid, through good positioning and well-timed tackles, and he was very comfortable passing out of the back and even pushing forward into midfield. He is playing a level above his centerback partner, Tobi.
  • Tyler miller, although he was very aggressive and accurate with his distribution, was also a little too aggressive coming off his line. On the second goal, although he was hung out to dry by his centerback, he is caught far out. Later in the match he would almost give up another goal by trying to play the ball with his feet far outside his box.
  • This S2 squad may not win many games this season. The rotating squad with academy players and first team one-off appearances may be rough to watch. That's OK, if you look at it as a purely developmental team, which the Sounders organization certainly seems to at this point. There is cohesion at times in the attack and discipline in defense, and young Sounders are being tested against near-MLS-level competition at times. That can only be good for #TheFuture.

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