Facing Club Necaxa with a depleted roster, the Seattle Sounders took a one-nil lead but failed to hold on to it in the last minutes of the match. The 1-1 draw in a friendly means little. It was the Rave Green veterans that showed the best form in the game.
Harry Shipp assisted on Alvaro Fernandez’ goal in the 83rd minute.
The young Nouhou Tolo, to now be known as just Nouhou, had difficulty defending. Both the final goal and the last two significant Necaxa attacks went right at the Cameroon U20 player. His stabby defensive technique was beaten which allowed the space to cross for the drawing goal in the 90th minute.
Cristian Roldan wore the armband during the friendly, and looked like a seasoned veteran. Covering ground for Zach Mathers and the ad-hoc attacking band, Roldan’s range closed out Necaxa attacks through the center.
Youngsters Henry Wingo and Seyi Adekoya had a few positive moments, but could not convert strong positions into threats on goal.
With S2 playing Sunday afternoon only Brian Nana-Sinkam entered from the USL team’s roster.
Seattle’s first friendly in 2017 ended in a 1-1 draw. The positive takeaways are that no one took a significant injury. The Sounders return to MLS play on Friday night against Atlanta United. They have one more friendly scheduled this season against Eintracht Frankfurt on July 8 at 1 p.m.