2010 Mar 12

Sounders FC reserves break the scoring slump while shutting out Seattle University

Seattle Sounders FC  4 - 0  Seattle University
Qwwest Field, Seattle, WA

5' SSFC: Roger Levesque (Nathan Sturgis)
15' SSFC: Mike Fucito
19' SSFC: Roger Levesque (Sanna Nyassi)
50' SSFC: Patrick Ianni (James Riley)

SSFC: Terry Boss (Derby Carrillo 46'); Tyson Wahl (Jamel Wallace 69'), Jeff Parke (Patrick Ianni 46'), Zach Scott, James Riley; David Estrada (Lamar Neagle 69'), Nathan Sturgis, Stephen King, Sanna Nyassi; Mike Fucito (Tye Perdido 59'), Roger Levesque (Ellis McLoughlin 46').

SU: lineup not reported.

Match report from Sounders FC:

The Sounders FC reserves faced Seattle University Friday afternoon at Qwest Field and the reserves learned from the mistakes of those who played in Thursday night's 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers.

The Sounders reserves made runs off the ball and peppered the Seattle U goalkeeper throughout the game and walked out with a 4-0 win.

Roger Levesque scored on two first-half headers and Mike Fucito and Patrick Ianni added goals themselves while Terry Boss started the game in goal and Derby Carrillo finished off the clean sheet.

"I thought just in the final third guys were making better runs off the ball. We moved the ball around really well," said Stephen King, who played 90 minutes in the midfield. "The guys who have been playing in the reserve games have been doing that. We all understand that it's just another opportunity to prove to the coaches that we just want to play when the fans are here."

Scoring Summary: 5 Roger Levesque snaps in a header off a cross from the right side from Nathan Sturgis.
15 Mike Fucito pounds in a left-footer from the top of the box.
19 Roger Levesque repeats his earlier goal, knocking in a header off a cross from the right side from Sanna Nyassi.
50 Patrick Ianni loops in a cross from 26 yards out on the right side and arcs it just under the crossbar for a surprise goal.

Postmatch quotes from Sigi Schmid, head coach:

On competition at midfield: "We are just trying to look at different combinations. Sometimes it's not the best individuals that need to play but the best combination of two; the ones that can complement each other. Right now, everybody brings a little bit of something different. Vagenas is probably the best passer in terms of finding those little passes. Alonso is our best defender. Evans, when he plays in the middle of midfield, is the one who will get forward the most. Sturgis is the one who hits the best long ball. Vagenas is also the one who talks the most and sometimes you need that because it makes the player next to him better. It's still something that we are going to continue to look at probably through next week and then make a decision as we go into the first game."

On competition at right midfield: "Obviously there are options for us there. Roger is healthy as well so Roger could pop up out there also. Sanna we saw in the game in Vancouver so we wanted to see what Souter could do; if he's somebody that we felt could help us. We have played Estrada out there. He has had some moments out there as well. Again, it's the same thing, everybody brings something different there. Roger gives you an honest two-way work rate. Sanna has great speed but sometimes the decisions of passes that he makes are not the best. Estrada sometimes decides to hold it when he needs to part with it but then his running and his effort and his work is good. He needs to be a little bit stronger at times. Souter is a guy who is a pretty good soccer player. He is not really a wide guy so he comes off the line a little more and gives you a little bit more midfield play from there. It's a matter of us looking at Philadelphia and what they are going to bring in the first game and what we think is going to help us be the best as a team."

On competition amongst Sounders FC players: "There has to be competition. There has to be desire to be on the field. We didn't make a lot of changes from last year. We have Nkufo coming but we have kept the nucleus of this squad together because we are happy with the nucleus. But what happens sometimes is players sometimes feel they did pretty well and subconsciously they relax a little bit. So competition is important to keep them from subconsciously relaxing. In our game last night I thought that our possession and play from 18 to 18 was great but that little bit of that last bit of bite, that last bit of 'Hey, I want this desperately' attitude that we had last year needs to come back out again this year and maybe competition will bring that out."

On focus for Colorado Rapids game: "To continue to move forward in terms of what we are able to do in the final third of the field. We did a good job of getting the ball to the final third. Now we need to do a good job at breaking down a team. Obviously we expect Colorado might have a little more of the game against us so there is going to be more opportunity for us to play to an open field which makes it easier to attack as well. But I think we just need to continue to work on our attack, work on our movement of the ball and make sure we don't give up any silly goals. But the main emphasis has got to be on our attack and our movement of the ball."