Despite a man advantage Seattle Sounders FC 2 could not score again after the Orange County Blues leveled the game in the 70th minute. Didier Crettenand scored the leveler on an indirect free kick inside the box after Charlie Lyon was called for the rare six-seconds call. S2's go ahead go goal came from Darwin Jones in the 31st minute off a Duncan McCormick long ball.
Andres Correa picked up a ball in the midfield, found Duncan McCormick who then released Jones who got into the box and then tapped the ball around the Blues keeper before finishing his 5th goal of the season. Jones' goal tied him with Andy Craven, who did not travel for the match, for the team lead in USL play. McCormick's assist moved him into second place in assists for the team.
Six minutes after Crettenand leveled the match for the OC Blues, Josh Suggs was shown red for tackling and then stamping on Duncan McCormick. While it appeared to be accidental, the ref spent no time deliberating and immediately pulled out the red card for the left back. S2 was unable to grab the three points after going up a man with about 15 minutes remaining.
S2's ability to get a point on the road is a good sign as the club has strung together back-to-back road results. Going into their match against Timbers 2, the team only had one point in four road matches. They've picked up four points in the last two, keeping them in first place in the Western Conference. S2 play the Tulsa Roughnecks on Friday the 5th without Giuliano Frano, who picked up his 5th yellow card of the season.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 |1-1| Orange County Blues FC
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Venue: Anteater Stadium, Irvine, Calif.
Referee: Ramon Hernandez
Assistants: John Krill, Eduardo Jeff
Fourth official: Jared Kennedy
Weather: Cloudy, 65 degrees
SEA - Darwin Jones (Duncan McCormick) 31'
OC - Didier Crettenand (Christopher Santana) 70'
SEA - Giuliano Frano (caution) 71'
SEA - Oniel Fisher (caution) 72'
OC - Josh Suggs (ejection) 76'
SEA - Sam Garza (caution) 90'+3
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC 2 - Charlie Lyon, Giuliano Frano, Aaron Long, Nick Miele, Oniel Fisher, Duncan McCormick, Amadou Sanyang, Sérgio Mota (Pablo Rossi 73'), Andrés Correa (Sam Garza 63'), Diego Silvas (Qudus Lawal 73'), Darwin Jones
Substitutes not used: RJ Noll, Tosh Samkange, Kasey French
Total shots: 9
Shots on goal: 2
Orange County Blues FC - Pepe Miranda, Jack McCracken, Brenton Griffiths, Beto Navarro, Josh Suggs, Luka Petricevic, Seung Ju Kim, Didier Crettenand (Jiovanni Santana86'), Denzel Slager (Mehrshad Momeni 55'), Christopher Ramirez (Chris Cortez 83'), Christopher Santana (Jimmy Turner 77')
Substitutes not used: Billy Thompson, Jimmy Turner, Jacob Barron, Nichola Panuic
Total shots: 11
Shots on goal: 3