Dos a cero is a popular score this week. In Saturday's win by the Seattle Sounders Reserves it was David Estrada and Patrick Ianni that scored the goals. Blair Gavin assisted on both goals. Real Salt Lake played a bit like their Friday night team trying to scrape back from the relatively early deficit but to no avail.
Here are some thoughts on a couple of the players;
Guest Players (roster lock date is set so these players can not join the team now)
Leyti N'Diaye (guest player with some history on Marseilles) - Leyti is huge. You can see him stick out in those highlights. His positioning was solid, though he may have lacked a tiny bit of speed against the youngsters from RSL. He came up in attack on a couple set-plays and seemed frustrated by the amount of clutching and grabbing that is allowed within North America. Most recently on a club that just missed relegation N'Diaye is currently a free and seemed to be capable of contributing in MLS. His style of play was probably most like Parke
Vincent Weijl (guest player with some history on AZ & Liverpool) - Vincent played the 2nd half at left mid. His youth and drive to show he deserves a contract showed up in some selfish dribble moves that slowed play down, but worked often enough that if under contract he'd probably do less. Weijl did win the free kick that resulted in goal two using exactly one of these moves. The former Sounder he is most like in style of play is Alvaro.
Justin Critchlow - Justin started at left back, played right back for 15 minutes and then moved back to left back. Salt Lake started the match thinking to attack Critchlow often. He made no significant mistakes during that stretch, won a couple tackles and then settled into a primarily defensive fullback role. He was a U-16 player with Seattle last year (he played up on occaission as well) and will be on the U-18s this season. He's also just rocking a 3.97 GPA. Looked good today, probably gets bumped onto our watch list. His style of play reminded me of Wahl without the free kicks.
Malcom Frago - Malcom came in at the 61st minute as a right mid. This made three other players change roles, which was kind of neat. Frago wasn't the fastest player, but still managed to time runs well and use creative dribbles to breakdown RSL's defense. His crosses were dangerous. It was quickly apparent why Seattle snagged him from Saprissa. He had some of what made Mario Martinez so intriguing.
David Estrada - Scored like he'd been there before and expects to be there again. He ended the match at right back. Estrada is what he is - quite useful, dangerous enough and versatile.
Dylan Remick - Most notable here is that he played at left mid to start the match. That's the fourth place he's slotted in Reserve play. Remick continues to develop, but probably needs a loan spell to get a serious run in order to clarify his future.
Eriq Zavaleta - Eriq played high enough that he was target forward like. He does it with a soft touch rather than a large body. His speed can cause some troubles. Strong match for a forward that didn't score.
Will Bates - Played a half at right back. I chatted with him after the game. This is what we call a tease.
Today's crowd was the smallest yet at Starfire for a Reserve Game. The infrequent and irregular schedule don't help the sub-brand develop much, but the play was spirited and showed some positive signs for the future of the organization.
SEA - David Estrada (Philip Lund, Blair Gavin) 13'
SEA - Patrick Ianni (Blair Gavin) 54'
Seattle Sounders FC - Marcus Hahnemann, Will Bates (Vincent Weijl, 45), Patrick Ianni, Leyti N'Diaye, Justin Critchlow, Philip Lund (Kenny Sweet, 90), Blair Gavin, Alex Caskey, Dylan Remick (Malcolm Frago, 61), David Estrada, Eriq Zavaleta.
Substitutes Not Used: Doug Herrick, Ciaran O'Brien, Michael David.
TOTAL SHOTS: 6; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 14; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 5.
Real Salt Lake - Jeff Attinella, Abdoulie Mansally (Justen Glad, 78), Aaron Maund, Brandon McDonald, Lovel Palmer, Yordanny Alvarez, Cole Grossman, Khari Stephenson (Jose Hernandez, 71), Sebastian Velasquez, Benji Lopez (Sebastian Saucedo, 45), Devon Sandoval (Fito Ovalle, 86).
Substitutes Not Used: Lalo Fernandez.
TOTAL SHOTS: 16; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 11; OFFSIDE: 4; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 2.
RSL - Sebastian Saucedo (caution) 74'
Referee: Josh Wilkens
Referee's Assistants: Ray Moffatte, Jr.; Joshua Haimes
4th Official: Manuel S. Soledad
Weather: cloudy and 64-degrees
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial