Portland Pilots v Sounders FC (Match Report)

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Portland Pilots 1 : 4 Sounders FC

Comfortable Win for Seattle as Everyone Gets a Run-out

February 20

Sounders FC Line up for the First Ever Time in the Pacific Northwest

HISTORY! – Sounders FC Line up for the First Ever Time in the Pacific Northwest

Sounders FC made their first public appearance in the Pacific Northwest as guests of the University of Portland Pilots. Goals from Nate Jaqua, Jeff Clark, Brad Evans and a penalty from Fredy Montero overcame a UP goal by Logan Emory.

Sounders began with a line-up of Kasey Keller, Evan Brown, Patrick Ianni, Tyson Wahl, Zach Scott, Sanna Nyassi, Stephen King, Densill Theobald, Ryan Caugherty, Nate Jaqua and Jeff Clark and played a 4-4-2 formation with Ianni and Wahl partnering at centre-half.

UP’s rearguard only held out for 197 seconds as Sanna Nyassi overlapping on the right side crossed onto Nate Jaqua’s head and his effort beat Austin Guerrerro low on his right side. UP’s only first half effort came in 11 minutes but Kasey saved comfortably. Sounders other main threat was from set pieces but both Tyson Wahl on the right and Brown on the left hit those services too far to be threatening to the UP goal. In fact, aside from Brown and Nyassi hooking up well together on the right from time to time, Sounders didn’t threaten again until just after the half hour. Wahl’s right hand corner was initially headed out by a defender and from the second corner, he found Patrick Ianni’s head and his effort crashed against the crossbar straight into the path of Jeff Clark, whose header rippled the back of the UP net for Sounders second.

Four minutes before half time, livewire midfielder Stephen King buzzed around the edge of the UP penalty box, and having made room for himself fired over the bar with his left foot. The last action of the first half concerned Roger Levesque who got on the end of a Sanna Nyassi cross but under pressure from a defender was prevented from getting his shot on target.

Half Time – Pilots 0 : 2 Sounders

Sounders went in 2-0 up at half time with former USL-ers Chris Eylander, Sébastien Le Toux and Kevin Forrest coming in for Keller, Nyassi and King before the restart.

Nothing else of note happened between then and the next monumental event which was a wholesale change of personnel. The following players came on: Osvaldo Alonso, James Riley, Fredy Montero, Nathan Sturgiss, Steve Zakuani, Brad Evans, Taylor Graham and Tyrone Marshall. The confusion became evident shortly after when the University side scored minutes later when Logan Emory scored an unassisted goal and beat Eylander from 12 yards. It was no more than the home fans and the home side deserved for their sporting efforts.

Montero and Zakuani Make Immediate Impact

Half way through the second interval, Montero showed his quality beating a defender with ease inside the penalty box but sadly slid his effort wide of the right hand post. Four minutes later, Steve Zakuani seemed to beat almost the entire UP defence and nearly outran the length of the pitch. Having reached the goal line, he turned back in and was brought down by the goalkeeper. A penalty was awarded which Fredy Montero blasted straight down the middle of the goal.

One minute later it was almost four. A free kick on the Sounders right was floated in left footed by Nathan Sturgiss. Taylor Graham jumped highest and headed it down but Guerrerro reacted well to save it as the ball bounced up. It could have been 3-2 just seconds after that, though, Jarad vanSchaik ran uncontested into the Sounders box and with the goal in front of him failed to trouble Eylander. UP made three more changes but the next goal was against them.

In 75 minutes, a Taylor Graham knock down was met by Brad Evans for the fourth and final goal.

Overall another good workout for Sigi Schmid’s preparation but the Vancouver Whitecaps may make for a sterner test on Sunday when they come down to Quest for a closed door friendly. You can see a preview of that match by clicking on Old Acquaintances Renewed as Friendly Neighbours Head South, and comment on it on the Blog page.

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