2011 Jun 13

Trialist Sammy Ochoa gets the lone goal to give the Sounders FC Reserves a win over the Galaxy Reserves

Seattle Sounders FC Reserves  1 - 0  Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves
Starfire Sports Stadium, Tukwila, WA

80' SEA: Sammy Ochoa (Eric Friberg)

Seattle: Terry Boss; Roger Levesque, Zach Scott, Patrick Ianni (Miguel Montaņo 45'), Leo Gonzalez; David Estrada (Myron Samuel 73'), Michael Seamon, Erik Friberg, Michael Tetteh; Pat Noonan (Sammy Ochoa 62'), Nate Jaqua (Cillian Sheridan 45').
Substitutes not used: Josh Ford, Sean Okoli, Brandon Brockway.

Los Angeles: Brian Perk; Frankie Hejduk, Gregg Berhalter, Dan Keat, Ryan Thomas; Bryan Jordan (Riley Wolfe 90'), Jovan Kirovski, Hector Jimenez, Mike Magee; Paolo Cardozo (Kyle Davies 75'), Adam Cristman.
Substitutes not used: Vince Paldino, Dustin McCarty, Grady Howe.

Match report from Ron Stickney:

Sammy Ochoa's lone goal while on trial for the Sounders FC gave the Reserves a win over the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves. The Sounders Reserves kept their record perfect at 6-0-0 in Reserve League play.

Ochoa is 24-year-old striker, Mexican born, but he played on the USA U-20 team when it was coached by Sigi Schmid. He has been playing in the Mexican Primera league for Estudiantes Tecos.

For the last quarter hour the Sounders had three trialist forwards in the match, including Cillian Sheridan up front and Myron Samuel playing on the right wing.

The match had plenty of attacking, with Los Angeles having on the whole the better chances, forcing goalkeeper Terry Boss into acrobatics on all of his six saves en route to a shutout. Brian Perk had to make six saves also, but one ball sneaked in.

Los Angeles had the first try early, when Paolo Cardozo tried up the middle from 25 yards and came close to the top corner.

Seattle forced the first save at 12' when Roger Levesque fed David Estrada for a cross past the far post and Nate Jaqua's header from a touch angle was saved by Perk.

Midway in the half for LA Mike Magee powered a long shot that squeezed through Boss' gloves, but Boss caught it and pulled it back from the goal plane. That was this match's Boss moment of horror.

A few minutes later LA's Adam Cristman did well with a move to earn a quick shot from 20 yards aimed nicely at the lower near corner, and Boss dove quickly to make the stop.

No fouls were whistled until 28' when Estrada charged from behind in the visitors' penalty area. Los Angeles pulled off the rare case of a half with no fouls called against.

For Seattle, Mike Seamon was served the ball in the penalty area and given space to shoot, and the shot deflected off a defender's stabbing foot right to Perk. Leo Gonzalez turned the corner into the area and was served for a good chance, but he hit it way too high.

Los Angeles had the last chances of the half. Bryan Jordan tried from the corner of the penalty area and missed high. Cardozo fought for a shot from the arc and aimed it a yard wide.

To start the second half Seattle brought in trialist Cillian Sheridan for Nate Jaqua, a big forward for a big forward, and Miguel Montaņo entered to play left midfielder, pushing Michael Tetteh to left back and Gonzalez to center back, which was vacated by Patrick Ianni, who had a good half.

Seattle threatened first when Estrada dropped a pass to Eric Friberg at the 18, and he shot a foot over the bar.

For LA, Gregg Berhalter headed a fine shot when a corner kick was sent back into the mixer for a second try, and Boss got down for a great save at the far post. Hector Jimenez headed a fine shot from a free kick play, and Boss again got down for a fine save at the far post.

LA's Magee had to be the most frustrated player after the match. At 66' he powered a long shot at the top shelf and Boss touched it over the bar. Two minutes later Magee powered an even better shot from the arc and he could not believe it when Boss acrobatically parried it over the bar again. That made it three Boss saves on Magee rockets.

Seattle's best chance yet came when Sheridan served Montaņo's well-timed run up the middle. Montaņo had only Perk to beat from 15 yards, but Perk made the save on the low shot with his trailing foot.

Seattle looked ready to score at 73'. Ochoa forced a save with a 25-yarder up the middle. Then a strong attack led to Montaņo's turn and shoot, blocked by a defender, but the rebound was chested down on the doorstep by Friberg and Perk got there in time to block Sheridan's shot from close.

LA defender Dan Keat ran up the middle and seemed to have a tap-in goal from a great cross, but he whiffed and the ball went harmlessly past the collapsing Boss and past the post.

80' SEA: Ochoa (Friberg). After a dangerous Seattle cross was cleared, Friberg sent it back in to Ochoa in front of goal. Ochoa shot from a few yards away and Perk seemed to make the save down low, but the ball popped up and was headed towards the goal. While a defender ran in, Ochoa tried to finish the ball off with a header, but Perk managed to keep Ochoa from getting to it. This effort caused Perk to fall down into the goal, taking his defender down with him, as Ochoa went down in front of goal. With bodies laying all around, the untouched ball came down in front of the goal line and bounced over the line and in near Perk's head. 1-0 Seattle.

Ochoa had one more chance when he headed nicely off Friberg's cross after a broken corner kick play, but Perk got down to save it on the goal line.

LA had one chance to tie the match when Jovan Kriovski was open for a header from a corner kick, and he could not believe that he headed it over the bar.

The next Reserve match for Sounders FC will be against the same team on July 5, the day after the first teams play in Los Angeles.

          SEA   LA
Shots:     14   19
Saves:      6    6
Corners:    3    5
Fouls:     12    5
Offsides:   2    1

47' SEA: Levesque cautioned for a reckless foul
52' SEA: L Gonzalez cautioned for one too many reckless fouls

Referees: Levi Rippy; Mike Rottersman, William Niccolls; Ray Moffatte, Jr.

Attendance: 696