Sounders Header  1999 March 27
Seattle Sounders  0 - 3  Vancouver Eighty-Sixers
North Kitsap High School Stadium, Poulsbo, WA
Preaseason Friendly
30 VAN: Thompson (Thesenvitz)
78 VAN: Thompson
90 VAN: Sherman
SEA: Bill May (Preston Burpo 30, Peter Van de Ven 58); Bernie James, Craig Waibel (George Singh 71), Randy Mann, Kei Kinoshita (Conrad Chala 45); Ralph Robertson, Neil Megson (Justin Stoddard 45), Scott Jenkins; Shan Gaw; Viet Nguyen, Erik Storkson (Kevin Baena 67).
VAN: Jason Bekar; Carl Valentine (Ian Sherman 76), Steve MacDonald, Tom Hardy, Jeff Skinner; Spencer Coppin (Matt Shepherd 67), Patrick Dickinson (Cody Baker Greene 60), Stan Thesenvitz, Ali Kashfia; Niall Thompson, Liam Heffernin. And Adrian Yeung came on as a sub for someone.

Match report by Ron Stickney:

Play was predictably a bit sloppy at times, this being the first preseason match for both sides. There were more new players than returning players on the pitch. Both Vancouver and Seattle were testing potential additions to their rosters. The weather was rather nasty, with a chilly wind blowing and the skies on the verge of raining the whole match.
Both sides had their chances but Vancouver came away with all the goals thanks to some nice saves by Jason Bekar in the first half. Vancouver scored in the 30th when rookie Stan Thesenvitz, from Seattle University and passed over by the Sounders, sent in a cross from the left side and Niall Thompson headed it into the top corner from 14 yards out. This is the same Niall Thompson who played forward for the Sounders in 1996 and then headed to Europe. We remember Thompson as a relentless attacker; he is our pick to lead the 86ers in both goals and cards.
Thompson notched his second goal at 78' when he corkscrewed a 30-yard free kick past the wall and just inside the near post, beating rookie goalkeeper Peter Van de Ven.
Kevin Baena, brother of the absent Mark Baena, came on as a forward late in the match and fired a nice, low, far-post shot that was stopped only by the post.
With ten seconds left a collision between Seattle's last defender and a Vancouver attacker left the ball for an undefended Ian Sherman, who dribbled in from the center circle and rolled the ball past the onrushing Van de Ven. The ball rolled over the goal line with one second left on the countdown clock, giving Vancouver three goals for the night.

The Sounders play again on Sunday and plan to give some playing time to about eight others from the tryouts earlier this week. Kickoff is at 5:00 at Renton Memorial Stadium; the opponent is the Seattle Sounders Selects.

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