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Sounders at Charleston Battery, Carolina Challenge Cup recap: Battery go full 92

Extra time equalizer by Battery ends match 1-1

Nicolas Lodeiro dribbles upfield against the Charleston Battery
Sounders FC/Zach Blend

With both teams deep into their benches it was the Charleston Battery that played to the final whistle, scoring with just moments left in the game. Seattle Sounders opened scoring in the 32nd minute when Joevin Jones served the ball to/near Alvaro Fernandez. Taylor Mueller swung his leg at it to clear, but instead scored against his own side. Flaco and Joevin worked well together both in attack and in defense.

Battery score an own goal

The Battery goal came during a chaotic sequence when the youngest Sounders couldn’t clear the ball. Charleston’s Kotaro Higashi scored while on his back, going top shelf. Tyler Miller couldn’t make the second save so suddenly.

Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris both only played 60 minutes, as did trialists Jordy Delem and Darrius Barnes. Nicolas Lodeiro played the full 90. There were two sets of line changes for Seattle.

By the final whistle only Lodeiro and Miller had started the match.

Fernandez had a great night, but one moment sums up how unlucky he was.

He was all over the place combining well with Joevin and Nico.

Jake Morris probably isn’t going to make the roster. He’s an Academy player earning time. Kid looks good going forward.

In the end, it’s another game where the starters did not score. There were great moments of play, and there’s little reason to think that Dempsey-Morris-Lodeiro-Fernandez cannot create. They were dangerous, if unlucky.

Seattle’s next game is Wednesday February 22nd against Atlanta United at 4:30 PM.

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