Looking for their third win in three games, Sounders FC 2 were unable to put any sort of mark on their match against the Swope Park Rangers. The Rangers controlled the style of play for the match, ceding the ball to S2 in the middle third, but dropping behind the Sounders’ offense so as to not allow for any short passing opportunities. The Sounders were forced to play quick and attempt long balls over the top of Swope Park’s defense, which worked somewhat well in the first half. Andy Craven had a shot hit off the bar in the 12th minute, and in the 19th minute chipped the ball over Swope Park goalkeeper John Kempin, but unfortunately over the bar as well.
In the second half S2 attempted to play through the center of the park, but were unable to create many meaningful opportunities. The Rangers continued counterattacking frequently, as they had been in the first half, and in the 65th minute winger Kris Tyrpak eventually scored from atop the box. For their part, the Sounders’ defense had mostly done a good job of keeping the Rangers’ attack nullified and out of the box in the game, and they continued to defend well until the 88th minute, when winger Mark Anthony Gonzalez capitalized on a run away counter. The game ended 2-0.
Good work keeping the game under control
S2 did not play a great game overall, but it was good to see them stay calm and not panic. They didn’t make any hasty errors, even late in the game when they were pushing for an equalizer.
Support from wingers
A lot of why S2 weren’t able to create many attacking opportunities other than with through balls was that their wingers didn’t drop back for short passes, and instead seemed to hover right in front of Swope Park’s defensive line.
Jones lost the ball frequently in the attacking third. It would be nice to see him work on his hold up play, or at least spend more time looking for viable passing opportunities.