Salem Surge 3 - 5 Seattle Sounders Nate Daligcon (S) Chance Fry (S) Jason Dunn (S) Billy Joe Surge? (C) Nate Daligcon (S) Billy Joe Surge? (C) Billy Joe Surge? (C) Crook (S)
This bodes well for the coming season. We have two match reports for an unadvertised pre-season match down in Salem.
This comes from Ron Stickney:
The defending A-League champion Seattle Sounders exploded for three goals in the first 15 minutes to cruise to a 5-3 win over the USISL Salem Surge on Saturday afternoon in Salem. Four Sounders scored, with two goals by former Seattle Pacific standout and recent Sounder draft pick Nate Daligcon. Daligcon started the week by being cut by the MLS Tampa Bay Mutants on March 25 in the first round of MLS cuts, and finished the week by notching his first two goals of his rookie season in professional soccer, perhaps sending a message to the Tampa Bay coach that cut him!
The win, the Sounders' second in two matches this exhibition season, unveiled the new, wide-open style favored by first-year head coach Neil Megson. Other goals were scored by veterans Chance Fry, Billy Crook, and Jason Dunn.
Megson felt that the match provided an excellent opportunity to evaluate his younger prospects, all of whom made it into the match. "That's what the pre-season is all about - getting an opportunity to show the ol' coach a little something," said Megson. "I would especially like to point out the fine play of Nate Daligcon. He was excellent."
The Sounders next fly to Kobe, Japan for their April 10 rematch against Vissel Kobe of the Japan Professional Football League. Seattle beat Kobe 3-2 last fall in the first-ever match between Japanese and U.S. professional soccer teams.
Seattle's regular season kicks off against the Vancouver 86ers April 27 at Memorial Stadium at 7:05 p.m. Season and 7-Game packages are now on sale, as are individual game tickets and group packages. Call 1-800-796-KICK for further information.
Sorry this isn't a very thorough report, I was having too much fun at the game!