2004 Jul 18

Seattle Sounders 5 - 2 Bellevue Hispanic League All-Stars
Qwest Field, Seattle, WA

7' SEA - Tomlinson (PK)
17' SEA - Waltman (Callahan)
23' SEA - Nguyen (Tomlinson)

32' BEL - Bebeto (PK)
42' SEA - Tomlinson (Callahan)
45' SEA - Callahan (Tomlinson)

~85' BEL - ?

Match report from the Sounders:

(Seattle, Wash.) - - On a warm and sunny afternoon the Seattle Sounders defeated the Bellevue Hispanic League All-Stars featuring former Brazilian national team star Bebeto 5-2 at Qwest Field. Five first half goals by the Sounders was too big of a task to overcome for the Bellevue All-Stars. Bebeto, in a guest appearance, had only a dozen touches in the match and scored a goal on a penalty kick early in the first half.

The Sounders controlled the game, forcing the Bellevue All-Stars to scramble on defense. The Bellevue All-Stars had a couple of good offense runs, but Sounders goalkeeper Brandon Mitalas only needed to make one save throughout the game.

Sounders defender Zach Scott initiated the Sounders' first goal of the afternoon when he sent a ball from the defensive end of the field up to midfielder Sean-Michael Callahan near the top corner of the box. Callahan was taken down hard in the box, a foul was given to Bellevue All-Star defender Honei Velso, resulting in a penalty kick for the Sounders in the 7th minute. Sounders forward Craig Tomlinson nailed the penalty kick to give the Sounders an early 1-0 lead.

Ten minutes later, the Sounders back up goalkeeper Danny Waltman, who played in the field today, scored the second goal of the game. From a Tomlinson throw-in, Callahan played a pass across the field to Waltman who was streaking down the far side. Waltman launched a shot into the upper corner about 16 yards out,giving the Sounders a 2-0 lead.

The Sounders took a 3-0 lead in the 23rd minute on a give an go from midfielder Viet Nguyen to Tomlinson near the top of the box. About 30 yards from the goal near the sideline, Nguyen threaded a pass to Tomlinson at the top of the box, and Tomlinson dished the ball right back to Nguyen. With the right foot, Nguyen fired a shot past Bellevue All-Star goalkeeper Rolando.

The Bellevue All-Stars scored their first goal in the 32nd minute with a Bebeto penalty kick. Scott fouled a Bellevue All-Star forward in the box, allowing Bebeto the PK opportunity. Bebeto’s PK was only one of five shots faced by Sounders goalkeeper Mitalas.

Just before the first half was over, Callahan and Tomlinson teamed up for the final two Sounders goals in the half. Tomlinson scored in the 42nd minute on a pass from Callahan. The angle of Tomlinson's shot allowed the ball to just sneak under a diving Rolando.

In a mad scramble during stoppage time, Tomlinson took a shot but was denied by Rolando. An alert Tomlinson sent the deflection to Callahan, who also had his first shot deflected. Callahan snagged the rebound and put the Sounders fifth goal of the game into an open net.

In the second half, the sun and heat was wearing down the quickness of the first half. The Sounders lost a scoring opportunity due to an offside call. The Bellevue All-Stars scored their second goal late in the second half on a breakaway.

The Sounders offense and defense were working well together despite the number of players not playing their original positions due to injuries. Waltman, the Sounders back up goalkeeper, played midfield and forward. Midfielders Jake Vaughn and Callahan played the defender position in the second half. Today's game was the Sounders sixth in 14 days.