SEA: Jonas Tanzer; Jeff Whiting, Jeremy Vecs, Marcus Byeman, Travis Pozega; Joe Vega (Doug Gliniak 45), Nick Downing, Andy Dallman (Andy Smith 61), Jamie Bloomstine, Tsuyoshi Takano; Peter Bergford.
WIL: Bryan Hill; Sven Groem (Peter Kavanaugh 45), Bryn Ritchie, Eric Merten; Freddy Kummernes, Jason Crevar (Scott Tomlins 74), Ian Fuller, Eric Wooten (Danny Angelo 45), Greg Howes; JP Capodanno, Scott Tedder (Christian Curiel 67).
After neither side could manage a shot in the first 12 minutes, a flurry of shots happened. The Firebirds' Scott Tedder sent a weak header on goal for the first shot. On the counterattack, Seattle earned their first shot when Tsuyoshi "T" Takano's cross from the right corner was headed just wide of the far post by Nick Downing.
For the Firebirds, Jason Crevar's cross from the left gave Tedder a shot with plenty of goal exposed, but he shot wide of the far post. Then Tedder's short cross gave JP Capodanno a chance from 12 yards, saved by Jonas Tanzer. Ian Fuller's 30-yarder was 2 yards over the top right corner. 3 minutes later Fuller put a 20-yard free kick in the same place.
Seattle's way, Andy Dallman shot just wide right from Jamie Bloomstine's low cross from the left.
For Willamette Valley, Crevar's free kick was rejected by the wall but Howes earned a put-back shot, sent over the bar. Howes was put through with a long ball past the defense, but his 15-yard shot from the right missed the near post.
Capodanno appeared to put Willamette Valley on the board when he finished a chip over the keeper by a teammate, but Capodanno was judged offside on a close call. Crevar earned a pressured shot, but Tanzer saved.
For the Selects, Takano's cross/shot from the right sailed over a leaping Bryan Hill and almost caught the top far corner. Bergford worked a wall pass with Joe Vega for a shot from 20 yards that missed the far post.
44' Howes (Fuller). Fuller hit Howes in stride for a shot from 15 yards that bent over the advancing Tanzer and under the crossbar to open the scoring.
Halftime: Seattle Sounders Selects 0 - 1 Willamette Valley Firebirds
Bergford got the first chance of the second half when he collected a loose ball in Willamette Valley's area, turned and shot, but Hill easily saved.
For the Firebirds, Crevar's blast from the 18-yard line was blocked by a leaping Tanzer for a save. Capodanno's blast from 25 yards was stopped, then gathered by the collapsing Tanzer.
Seattle's Andy Smith came on for Dallman and almost immediately had a chance from 18 yards, put on goal but saved by Hill.
64' Howes (Capodanno). Howes again was served in full stride, this time from Capodanno. Howes' blast from the 18 again went over Tanzer and under the bar. 2-0 Willamette Valley.
2 minutes later Capodanno carried the ball up the middle and dished sideways to give Howes a chance at a hat trick, but Howes curled his shot away from the goal.
Downing took a nifty indirect free kick from just above the arc. He sent the ball a yard to his right where Bloomstine stopped it, then Downing fired the ball through the wall and on goal, but Hill collapsed and made the catch. A Seattle corner kick that was cleared and sent back in gave Takano a great look from the right corner of the goal area, but he missed the far post when he should have done better.
Capodanno was left holding his head when he again put the ball in the net for the Firebirds but was flagged offside on another close call. Howes from the left hit the top of the left corner. Tanzer blocked Capodanno's close shot, but substitute Christian Curiel ended up with the rebound in the middle of the 6-yard line, hit the post with his shot and couldn't believe he had missed the wide open goal.
87' Bergford (Smith). Seattle got a late, undeserved goal when an attempted clearance by a Firebirds defender was blocked by Smith, the ball rebounding right to Bergford at the arc. Everyone in the stadium could see that Bergford was two yards offside, but the assistant referee was caught daydreaming, and with no whistle heard, Bergford was free to take on Hill and beat him with a low shot to pull Seattle within a goal at 2-1.
Seattle were unable to get a chance at the tying goal in the final few minutes, and the match ended with Willamette Valley taking the deserved win 2-1.
Final: Seattle Sounders Selects 1 - 2 Willamette Valley Firebirds
Shots: SEA 12, WIL 19
Saves: Tanzer 6, Hill 4
Corners: SEA 2, WIL 1
Fouls: SEA 14, WIL 12
Offside: SEA 0, WIL 9
Referee: Frank Gorog