2010 Mar 26

Seattle Sounders FC Reserves  3 - 1  Oregon State University

Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, WA

21' SEA: Stephen King (Sanna Nyassi)
28' SEA: David Estrada (Mike Fucito)

63' OSU: Brian Ramsey
70' SEA: David Estrada (Tyson Wahl)

Seattle: Terry Boss; Tyson Wahl, Taylor Graham (Jeff Parke 46'), Patrick Ianni (Jamel Wallace 65'), James Riley; Stephen King, Nathan Sturgis, Peter Vagenas (Miguel Montaņo 46'), Sanna Nyassi (Sean Okoli 65'); David Estrada, Mike Fucito (Sanna Nyassi 83').

Oregon State: lineup not available.

Match report from Sounders FC:

The Sounders FC reserves topped Oregon State University Friday, getting two goals from David Estrada and a third from Stephen King to post a 3-1 win at Starfire.

All of Seattle's non-starters in Thursday's 2-0 opening night win over the Philadelphia Union in front of 36,231 at Qwest Field saw some time against the Beavers. That meant James Riley played 90 minutes after Seattle's right back had to sit out because of a red card suspension that carried over from the 1-0 playoff loss to the Houston Dynamo last season.

"I knew for three months that I was going to be missing that game, so to get it over with is a big relief," Riley said. "At the same time, I was a big fan. We were up there yelling and screaming for the first goal. It is kind of a spectacle to see from a different perspective. I was able to see it as a fan yesterday. Having said that, I'd rather be on the field."

Riley figures to be back in the starting lineup Saturday, April 3, when the Sounders host the New York Red Bulls at Qwest Field, but he knows the starting job won't be handed to him.

"Healthy competition is good. It keeps the guys spirited during training sessions and our second team is actually very competitive. You've got guys competing for spots and that's always good for the team," he said.

In Friday's game, King got the Sounders out to a lead in the 21st minute when he tapped in the rebound of a Sanna Nyassi cross. Estrada added to that lead by heading in a Mike Fucito corner kick in the 28th minute. That 2-0 lead held until halftime.

Oregon State pulled within one on a Brian Ramsey free kick from 21 yards out in the 53rd minute, hitting a low, hard ball into the right corner of the net. However, Estrada notched his second of the game by hammering in a header off of a cross from Tyson Wahl in the 70th minute for the final 3-1 tally.

In addition to three good scoring plays, another highlight for the club was playing U-18 Academy player Sean Okoli on the field for the Sounders reserves.

"Obviously we are starting our academy program and part of the thing for the older age group is when it's appropriate and doesn't jeopardize any eligibility questions for them, when we can mix them into situations where they can train with us and play we want to be able to do that," Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid said. "This is the first step in that and we feel there are already some kids we have been able to see that we think have something about them and whenever we can we are going to try to present them with opportunities that help them grow."