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Sounders draw in Argentina

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2009 at 8:27 pm with No Comments »
February 28, 2009 8:27 pm

Here’s the latest game report from the Sounders:

Seattle Sounders FC got a second-half goal from guest player Diego Ferrerya to earn a 1-1 tie with CED Rosario at the Argentinos Juniors training grounds on Saturday afternoon.

Ferrerya, a midfielder who plays for local club Tigres, scored less than 8 minutes after coming on as a halftime substitute in left midfield. He finished a 15-yard shot into the upper left corner after taking a squaring pass from Fredy Montero. Stephen King started the sequence by feeding Montero the ball up the right side.

Making his debut in the Seattle central defense was Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. Hurtado, who arrived from Colombia on Wednesday, made several timely tackles in and around the Sounders FC box.

CED Rosario tied the game in the 53rd minute on a penalty kick.

Chris Eylander played the entire 70 minutes in goal for Sounders FC. Eylander made a diving save to his left in the 16th minute and full-stretch stop to his right in the 63rd.

Seattle meets Velez Sarsfield in the third game of its Argentine tour on Monday morning.

Scoring Summary

SEA-Ferrerya (Montero, King) 43′

CED-#11 (no names provided; penalty kick) 53′

Sounders FC Lineup (4-4-2): Chris Eylander; Zach Scott, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Evan Brown; Michael Fucito (Diego Ferrerya 36′), Stephen King, Ryan Caugherty, Roger Levesque; Jeff Clark, Fredy Montero (Ely Allen 54′).

And some personnel news:

Joining the team on Saturday was Ely Allen, a former University of Washington midfielder waived earlier in the week by the L.A. Galaxy. Allen arrived about four hours prior to kickoff following an overnight flight from Los Angeles, and he relieved Montero for the final 16 minutes. He played in 12 games, starting 11,and scored one goal for the Galaxy as a rookie last season. He is a Kent native and graduate of Kentridge High School…Seattle’s opening night opponent, the New York Red Bulls, are also training and playing in Buenos Aires. Both teams will attend Sunday’s Argentine first division game between Boca Juniors and Huracan…The final game in the tour is now confirmed. Sounders FC will visit River Plate on Thursday at 3:30 A.M. PT. The flight home is later that night.

And some quotes from coach Sigi Schmid:

On the newcomers who appeared in the match: "It was good to see Michael Fucito on the field because he hadn’t been able to join us since we drafted him because of an injury. So it was nice for him to get his feet wet. It was a good situation. We had a trialist out there in Diego, who is a local player from here in Argentina we wanted to look at. And then we had Ely Allen, who has been released from the L.A. Galaxy. So we want to give Ely, a Washington guy, a good look while we’re here."

On the debut of Jhon Kennedy Hurtado: "It was also good for him to get his first minutes. Obviously fitness is something he’s got to acquire, he’ll improve on that. But you could see his closing speed and 1-on-1 defending ability was very good."

On the Seattle goal: "It was a good ball by Fredy Montero. We played a little bit better in the second half than the first half. I didn’t think we had played really well. We had not handled the ball really well, just didn’t keep the ball as we should have. In the second half we did a better job, got Fredy in on the right hand side. Fredy was able to hold the guy off the ball and then he cut the ball back to Diego, who obviously was in a good position to finish his goal well."

On the lessons learned from the game: "We forced ourselves to do a lot of defending in the first half that we didn’t need to do. You live and learn and the guys learned a valuable experience in the game today. And for us as coaches it was valuable because we see who steps in those situations and who doesn’t."

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