It started in the first minute and didn’t get much better for the Seattle Sounders team on the field to start the 4-2 loss to Atlanta United in the Carolina Challenge Cup. Two big defensive mistakes by trialists gifted Atlanta two quick goals, and the Sounders failed to put up much of a fight with the third-string lineup on the field. After shoring up the squad with starters in the second half, Seattle mounted a bit of a comeback through goals from Henry Wingo and Will Bruin, but it was always going to be a tall order to make up the deficit since AUFC had added two more in the meantime. For the Sounders coaching staff, this was surely a valuable exercise, getting a look at potential reserve players facing MLS level competition.
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Seattle Sounders FC 2 - Atlanta United FC 4
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
MUSC Health Stadium
Weather: 64 degrees and partly cloudy
ATL - Josef Martinez 1'
ATL - Miguel Almiron (penalty) 3'
ATL - Hector Villalba 21'
ATL - Josef Martinez 46'
SEA - Henry Wingo (Will Bruin) 62'
SEA - Will Bruin (Joevin Jones) 74'
SEA - Jordy Delem (caution) 30'
ATL - Leandro Pirez (caution) 36'
ATL - Julian Gressel (caution) 68'
ATL - Julian Gressel (caution, ejection) 69'
SEA - Nico Lodeiro (caution) 84'
ATL - Harrison Heath (caution) 78'
ATL - Kevin Kratz (caution) 78'
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC - Bryan Meredith; Quinton Griffith (Brian Nana-Sinka HT), Darrius Barnes (Sam Rogers HT, Román Torres 71'), Tony Alfaro (Chad Marshall 71'), Jake Morris (Joevin Jones 71'); Jordy Delem (Cristian Roldan 71'), Zach Mathers (Osvaldo Alonso 71'), Henry Wingo (Alvaro Fernandez 71'), Harry Shipp (Joevin Jones 61'), David Olsen (Clint Dempsey 71'); Seyi Adekoya (Nico Lodeiro 61')
Total shots: 11
Shots on goal: 4
Atlanta United FC - Alec Kann; Tyrone Mears (Mike Ambrose 85'), Michael Parkhurst (Miles Robinson HT), Leandro Pirez, Greg Garza (Mark Bloom HT); Jeff Larentowicz (Kevin Kratz 61'), Julian Gressel, Hector Villalba (Jacob Peterson 61'), Miguel Almirón (Harrison Heath 61'), Yamil Asad (Andrew Carleton 87'); Josef Martinez (Brandon Vazquez 61')
Total shots: 11
Shots on goal: 6
Head Coach Brian Schmetzer:
Forward Will Bruin:
Goalkeeper Bryan Meredith: