2000 April 16

Skagit Valley Marlins 0 - 5 Seattle Sounders
Preseason match, Mt. Vernon High School, Mt. Vernon, WA
6' SEA: Howes (Nguyen)
45' SEA: Gregor (McCormick)
67' SEA: R Utush (Gregor)
69' SEA: R Utush (Wood)
82' SEA: Kalafatich (Nguyen)
Skagit Valley: Drew Smiley; Tate Miller, Tony Piles, Mike Colello; Travis Connell, Todd Stauber, Billy Colello, Jesus Fuentes, Rene Carreon; Kurt Swanson, Steve Kutcher. Substitutes: Shawn Thomas, Juan Fajardo, Shanis McCorkle, An Nuon, Matt Potter, Martin Rivera, Jose Castro.
Seattle: Preston Burpo (Bill May 46); Ali John Utush, Kieran Barton, Scott Jenkins; Hamid Utush (Kei Kinoshita 46), Dick McCormick, Andrew Gregor, Greg Howes (Chad Brown 67), Brian Wood; Rashid Utush (Nick Kalafatich 74), Viet Nguyen.

Match report by Ron Stickney:

The Seattle Sounders beat the Skagit Valley Marlins 5-0 in a preseason match in Mt. Vernon. Goals came from Greg Howes, Andrew Gregor, Rashid Utush (a pair) and Nick Kalafatich.

Playing for the first time for Seattle were the signed Ali John (AJ) Utush (age 22) and Rashid Utush (20), along with their brother, Hamid Utush (24), who was trying out for the team. All three brothers started for Seattle. Particularly impressive were AJ and Rashid, both showing good ball skills and speed.

First Half
6' Howes (Nguyen). Rookie Howes opened the scoring when he knocked in the rebound after goalkeeper Drew Smiley saved a shot from Viet Nguyen.

The best shot for Skagit Valley was a 25th-minute blast from the right by Juan Fajardo which was pushed wide of the top near corner by Preston Burpo.

AJ Utush showed an affinity for attacking, getting off two shots from corner kick plays and one long shot from a run up the right side.

45' Gregor (McCormick). From the arc, Dick McCormick pushed a pass behind the defense for Gregor, whose timed run put him 1v1 against Smiley. Gregor slid a low shot past Smiley for a goal in added time.

Halftime:  Skagit Valley 0 - 2 Seattle
67' R Utush (Gregor). Gregor's pass from his own half of the pitch put the speedy Rashid Utush free. He carried the ball past the 'keeper on the left side of goal and slotted the ball between Smiley and the post.

69' R Utush (Wood). Brian Wood's pass put Rashid Utush off to the races on the right side. Utush carried the ball to the goal line five yards to the right of goal, then fired an accurate shot between Smiley and the near post, the ball hitting the left side netting inches from the far post.

Rashid Utush had a couple of chances at a hat trick over the next three minutes, a header from Gregor's long cross and a hard shot from Gregor's short pass, the latter forcing a good save.

82' Kalafatich (Nguyen). Nguyen was sprung free behind the defense and dribbled straight at goal, drawing Smiley out before passing left for Kalafatich to finish.

Final:  Skagit Valley 0 - 5 Seattle

Shots:  SV 6, SEA 26
Saves:  Smiley 7; Burpo 1, May 0
Corners:  SV 3, SEA 6
Fouls:  SV 17, SEA 12
Offside:  SV 2, SEA 5
13' Fuentes (SV) cautioned
25' Gregor (SEA) cautioned for sliding under Fuentes
54' Potter (SV) cautioned for grabbing R Utush's jersey
79' M Colello (SV) cautioned for jawing at the assistant referee
Referee: Sandra Hunt; Asst. Refs: Pete Mayer, Kirk Kamrath, 4th Official: Chris Castle
Attendance: 750