2005 Apr 24

Preseason match:
Seattle Sounders  3 - 1  Liga Hispana All-Stars
French Field, Kent, WA

Seattle: Jacob Banas; Skylar Nelson, Ryan Edwards (Zach Scott 45'), Jacob Besagno, Scott Jenkins (Kevin Sakuda 45'); Chad Brown (CJ Klaas 45'), Ben Somoza (Brent Whitfield 54'), Gabe Sturm, Andrew Gregor (Franklin Chacon 45'); Josh Hansen, Welton (Brett Wiesner 45'). Substitute not used: James Ward.

Liga (unfortunately, they wore shirts with no numbers): Lisandro Alonso (Marcelo Fernandez 45'); Roberto Fasardo, Carlos Tovalin, Kerim Posada, Eduardo Milan; Pedro Milan, Levi Zacapu, Ernesto Bueno, Manuel Ruiz; Willy Cardinas, Guadalupe Perez. Substitutes: Jose Torres, Oscar Guzman, Gustavo Gomez, Miguel Rodriguez, Filimeno Molina, Julio Reyes.

6' LIG - Bueno
22' SEA - Sturm (Brown)
27' SEA - Sturm (Welton)
71' SEA - Chacon (Scott)

Brief match report by Ron Stickney:

This year the Liga Hispana All-Stars made it a close match for a change. Liga played better than in previous years' Sounders preseason matches and took the early lead, but the Sounders came back to win 3-1.

Making their first appearances in a match were new Sounders rookies Gabe Sturm and Josh Hansen, both from Phoenix, AZ and both out of U San Francisco. Although the Seattle Times article on Saturday said that coach Brian Schmetzer had made his final cuts from camp, still present and playing were Franklin Chacon and Skylar Nelson.

47' Bueno. A through ball found its way past Ryan Edwards, and Ernesto Bueno was able to get the ball with plenty of open space on the left wing. His shot from near the corner of the penalty area beat trialist goalkeeper Jacob Banas low and to the far post. 1-0 Liga.

22' Sturm (Brown). A Sounders attack led to a crowded penalty area, where the ball rattled around the 18 until Chad Brown saw an open channel to goal. Brown's 10-yard shot was blocked, but the rebound went to the left post where Sturm tapped it in from a yard out. 1-1.

27' Sturm (Welton). After Josh Hansen's shot was block-saved, the rebound went to Welton 12 yards out and all alone. Welton trapped and sent the ball to the far post, where Sturm redirected it in. 2-1 Sounders.

71' Chacon (Scott). A free kick from the right found its way in front of goal. Liga failed to clear it, and Zach Scott got a shot off that was blocked. Chacon finished the leftovers from 3 yards out. 3-1 Sounders.

24' LIG - P Milan cautioned
25' SEA - Edwards cautioned
55' LIG - ? cautioned
88' SEA - Wiesner cautioned

Referees: Will Niccols; Robert Meuws, Kevin O'Daniel.

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