Seattle Sounders 10 - 0 California Jaguars
Memorial Stadium, Seattle
Storkson (S) 8
Gelvezon (S) 31
Baena (S) 36, 55, 71, 88
Prideaux (S) 72
Seattle (Cal own goal) 78
Beech (S) 80, 81
Seattle: Dusty Hudock; Bernie James (45 Kei Kinoshita), Jason Annicchero, Randy Mann; Brandon Prideaux, Scott Jenkins (70 Fabian Davis), Shannon Murray, David Hoggan, Paul Gelvezon; Mark Baena, Erik Storkson (70 Patrick Beech).
California: Rafael Santiago; Chael Rubalcava (36
Humberto Beltran), Alex Basso (87 Santiago Aguilera), Oscar Andalon, Andres
Virgen; Nicolas Garcia, Adrian Gonzalez, John Cairel, Bernardino Hernandez;
Alvaro Heriado, Michael Chiaramonte (56 Carlos Moreno).
Two months earlier the California Jaguars had beaten the Seattle Sounders 3-2 in extra time. But since then California’s owners had run low on money and the players started leaving the club. Mark Baena and Randy Mann were among the first wave to leave, heading north to sign with the Sounders. For this match, there was not a single Jaguar left who had helped the club beat the Sounders in the previous meeting.
A rout was to be expected, as the Vancouver 86ers had beaten the makeshift Jaguars 9-2 a week earlier. Seattle broke their scoring record for A-League matches with a 10-0 rout. Seattle outshot California by at least a 38-4 margin -- your reporter may have forgotten to tally a few shots. Baena ended up with four goals against his old club, two of them assisted by ex-Jaguar Mann.
Seattle fielded a 3-5-2 formation with Bernie James back as sweeper, flanked by Randy Mann at left back and Jason Annicchero on the right. Scott Jenkins and Brandon Prideaux were “promoted” to outside midfielders.
Jenkins had the first chance in the 2nd minute when he was open at the far post for a header but sent it just over the bar.
8’ Storkson (Gelvezon). A long ball from goalkeeper Dusty Hudock to Erik Storkson’s head finally paid off as Storkson headed the ball off a defender to Paul Gelvezon on the right. Gelvezon returned the ball and Storkson’s shot hit keeper Rafael Santiago, who slid out, and the ball ricocheted back into Storkson’s shin, then to the underside of the crossbar and into the goal.
Michael Chiaramonte’s 25-yard shot up the middle caught Hudock off his line but just missed the top right corner. This would prove to be California’s only good shot of the match.
31’ Gelvezon (Prideaux). A diving Santiago saved Gelvezon's spectacular flying header in the 29th. Then Baena fed Prideaux on the right and after beating a defender Prideaux fired a left-footer from the 18-yard line. Santiago slid down for the leg save, but Gelvezon followed up the shot and finished the loose ball as he hurdled over Santiago.
36’ Baena (Mann). Mann won a ball in Seattle’s half and carried it forward up the middle before dishing off a diagonal pass to Baena, whose shot beat the onrushing keeper Santiago. Misfortune occurred when the shot was fired, as California’s Chael Rubalcava was running back to defend and collided with Santiago. Rubalcava was taken away by an ambulance with apparently a broken lower leg or ankle.
Halftime: Seattle 3 - 0 California
Kei Kinoshita came on for James at halftime, with Hoggan dropping back to play sweeper.
55’ Baena (Gelvezon). Gelvezon’s long forward pass was taken by Baena on the left side. Baena juked a defender to shoot up the middle, just inside the left post.
After Storkson missed the goal from inside the 6-yard line, Patrick Beech replaced him in the 70th. At the same time Fabian Davis came on for Jenkins.
71’ Baena (Kinoshita). Kinoshita’s diagonal pass was dummied by Beech at the arc and Baena beat Santiago with a low shot. This gave Baena a true hat trick with three consecutive goals.
72’ Prideaux (Gelvezon). Prideaux took a forward pass from Gelvezon and fired a rocket up the middle into the top right corner. This was the rookie’s first goal in A-League play.
78’ (own goal). A Seattle corner kick was missed by the leaping Santiago at the 6-yard line and the ball hit his defender in the hip and went straight into the goal. A defender cleared the ball but just after it crossed the line according to the assistant referee. Adrian Gonzalez picked up a yellow card for arguing, to no avail, that the ball never went in.
80’ Beech (Murray). Murray crossed to Beech at the far post. Beech settled the ball and beat Santiago with a nice, low shot.
81’ Beech (Davis). The next minute Beech scored again on Davis’ corner kick, rising at the near post to head the ball directly into the net. This finished a series of five goals in ten minutes.
88’ Baena (Mann). Mann overlapped on the right to get the ball and crossed square in front of the goal for Baena’s easy tap in and his fourth goal of the evening.
Final: Seattle 10 - 0 California
Seattle next takes on the MLS Colorado Rapids in a friendly at Marysville-Pilchuk Stadium on Sunday, June 21, at 2:30 PM. A week later the Sounders will continue A-League action, hosting the Toronto Lynx, a second-year team who has never played the Sounders.
Shots: Sea 38 (or more), Cal 4
Saves: Hudock 0, Santiago 10
Corners: Sea 7, Cal 1
Fouls: Sea 15, Cal 10
Offside: Sea 13, Cal 0
17 Basso (Cal) cautioned
46 ? (Cal) cautioned
78 Gonzalez (Cal) cautioned
Referee: Mohammed Sagakhaneh