2006 May 6
Seattle Sounders 8 - 0 San Carlos All-Stars
Mt. Vernon High School, Mt. Vernon, WA
24' SEA - Tomlinson (Sturm)
40' SEA - Tomlinson (Abolaji)
65' SEA - Boyden
66' SEA - Klaas
70' SEA - Klaas (Galindo)
77' SEA - Galindo (Klaas)
87' SEA - Levesque (Klaas)
90' SEA - Tomlinson
Match report from the Sounders:
The The Seattle Sounders shut out the San Carlos All-Stars 8-0 on a cloudy evening at Mount Vernon High School's Bulldog Stadium. Sounder Forward Craig Tomlinson connected on three goals including two in the first half. Second half sub, midfielder C.J. Klaas scored two goals and added two assists as the Sounders scored six goals in the second half.
Tomlinson put the Sounders on the board in the 24th minute of play, receiving a long pass about 30 yards out from Midfielder Gabe Sturm. Using his speed, Tomlinson beat the defense, chased down the pass and on his second touch placed the ball in the far back corner.
At right back, defender Seyi Abolaji used his speed and spent much of the first half pushing the ball downfield. In the 40th minute, receiving the ball from Sturm near the sideline, Abolaji chipped it into the box as Tomlinson was making a run toward the goal line. With a header, Tomlinson recorded his second goal of the half giving the Sounders a 2-0 lead.
The Sounders maintained offensive pressure in the first half, firing off 12 shots. Sounders keeper Chris Eylander only faced one shot making a leaping save to knock the ball over the crossbar. As the first half wound down, Abolaji was issued a yellow card for chasing a San Carlos player down from behind and pulling him to the ground. Defender Danny Jackson saw his first action since injuring his left knee in a scrimmage against Gonzaga in early April. Jackson played the first half.
Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer made a wholesale substitution to start the second half bringing in C.J. Klaas, Kevin Sakuda, Roger Levesque, Leighton O'Brien and Zach Scott. The changes spiced up the offense as the Sounders scored six goals in match's final 25 minutes.
In the 65th minute, rookie midfielder Nate Boyden put a nice touch on the ball from the top of the box as it curled into the top right corner. Moments later Klaas on a break away, earned a one-on-one with the goalie, driving the ball into the far bottom corner.
Seeing his first action of the 2006 season, Sounders forward Maykel Galindo entered the match in the 66th minute and partnered up with Klaas for the Sounders' next two goals. In the 70th minute on a give and go from Galindo to Klaas, the Sounders midfielder drilled his second goal of the game. Just seven minutes later from Klaas on the give and go to Galindo, the Cuban native slid a low shot past a diving San Carlos goalkeeper. With Galindo's goal the Sounders took a 6-0 lead.
The Sounders scored two more times in the game's final three minutes. In the 87th minute, Klaas sent a 30-yard pass from the right sideline to Roger Levesque at the top of the box, who then quickly settled the ball and finished with a shot inside the far post.
In the final minute, Tomlinson scored his third goal of the match finishing a loose ball that had bounced off of a few defenders and rolled his way.
The Sounders continue to battle injuries in the preseason. In the 35th minute, midfielder Jake Sagare left the field after injuring his ankle. Sagare was sending a crossing pass when a defender, trying to challenge the pass, knocked Sagare down. Sagare will be thoroughly examined Sunday morning.
In the second half Tomlinson went to the ground holding his knee after being challenged on a play. Sitting out for a moment, Tomlinson return to finish the match.