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Archives: Sep. 2010


Fucito X-rays negative, Noonan post-op

Health issues dominated the news this morning as the Sounders made a quick turnaround from last night’s win over Marathon and immediate began training for their return to MLS on Saturday against Toronto.

Michael Fucito, who scored both goals in Seattle’s 2-0 win last night, watched training from the sidelines with a sprained ankle. But the good news was that X-rays showed that’s all it was.

“I feel all right,” Fucito said. “I kind of twisted my ankle on the play after (the goal). On the kickoff I went to pressure the defender and block the clearance. I probably just

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Sounders react to first Group C win

After their 2-0 win tonight, the Sounders repeated a theme of regret and frustration over what might have been in Champions League if only a little this or that had gone differently.

However, they also expressed relief and pride at the club’s first win in CONCACAF group-stage play.

On the game:
“I thought Marathon came in very defensively in their early posture. They played basically like a 5-3-2 and split their forwards wide, so it was almost like a 5-4-1 at times. So it required us to be a little bit patient. It was good for

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Marathon coach reacts to 2-0 loss

Here is Marathon coach Nicolas Suazo’s reaction to his club’s 2-0 loss to the Sounders tonight (through an interpreter):

Opening statement: “It’s been a deserved result for the Sounders. Marathon could have gotten more from this game. I would say that this was one of the best games that Marathon played since I joined. Seattle made a lot of changes since the last game against Monterrey. Knowing they didn’t have any mathematical chances any more, they could afford to do those changes. They had played well as a visitor and in home games, and now they finally won a match.

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Fucito reacts to goals … and injury

Mike Fucito suffered an apparent sprained ankle tonight in a tackle after scoring both goals in Seattle’s 2-0 win over Marathon.

His ankle will be X-rayed tomorrow, and he wasn’t available to the media after the game tonight. However, the club delivered the quotes from the training room:

On scoring two goals: “Felt great. I always like to score and I’m glad that we were able to hold on and win. That makes scoring I think that much more meaningful when we can actually win the game.”

On the first goal: “I just saw that the defender was kind of

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Fucito leads Sounders to 2-0 win

This is what MLS soccer looks like at Dallas or New England. It’s even what Major League baseball looks like in Tampa Bay. But 11,768 was the smallest ever for the Sounders at Qwest.

Sounders FC played game tonight that was meaningless to them in the CONCACAF Champions League group standings.

However, coach Sigi Schmid pointed out in advance that the game wouldn’t be meaningless to the players – most of whom would be reserves eager to prove themselves worthy of more playing time.

Stepping up most convincingly was second-year forward Michael Fucito, who scored both goals in Seattle’s 2-0 win over Marathon of Honduras.

And while the result did little for the Sounders (1-4), who went into the game knowing they were mathematically unable to advance, it meant much to Marathon (2-3), which stands just one point behind Saprissa in the race for one of the two Group C spots that will advance to the knockout rounds.

Despite that incentive, Marathon opened cautiously. And the Sounders made the visitors pay in the 21st minute, when defender Adolfo
Machado misplayed a ball at the top of the penalty area. Fucito swiped it, made one touch into the box, and then beat goalkeeper Orlin Vallencillo.

Fucito stuck next in the 68th minute, this one on a free kick from a few yards atop the penalty area. Fucito sent the ball into the top left corner, with Vallencillo hardly even turning his head to watch the net snap behind him.

However, soon after Fucito left the pitch with what was later diagnosed as a left ankle sprain.

The Sounders return to MLS play Saturday, when Toronto FC visits Qwest Field. They will conclude CONCACAF Champions League play Oct. 19, when Saprissa visits.

The stats:

SEA — Michael Fucito (unassisted) 21

SEA — Michael Fucito (unassisted) 68

Marathon — Orlin Vallencillo, Astor Henriquez, Mariano Acevedo, Erick Norales, Milton Palacios (Rony Flores 72), Mario Berrios, Adolfo Machado, Carlos Palacios, Elder Valladares, Hector Amarilla (Randy Diamond 73), Carlos Mejia.

Substitutes Not Used: Shane Orio, Luis Crisanto, Reiniery Mayorquin, Orvin Paz, Mario Rodriguez.

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Carlos Mejia 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Erick Norales 1, Mario Berrios 1); FOULS: 15 (Carlos Palacios 4); OFFSIDES: 4 (Mario Berrios 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Mario Berrios 4); SAVES: 5 (Orlin Vallencillo 5)

Seattle Sounders — Terry Boss, Zach Scott, Tyrone Marshall, Taylor Graham, Tyson Wahl, David Estrada, Mike Seamon, Alvaro Fernandez (Peter Vagenas 62), Miguel Montano (Leo Gonzalez 83), Michael Fucito (Sanna Nyassi 71), Roger Levesque.

Substitutes Not Used: Fredy Montero, Jeff Parke, Nathan Sturgis, Kasey Keller.

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Michael Fucito 3, Miguel Montano 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Michael Fucito 2, Miguel Montano 2); FOULS: 13 (3 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Roger Levesque 2); CORNER KICKS: 10 (Michael Fucito 5); SAVES: 1 (Terry Boss 1)

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Paul Ward

Referee’s Assistants: -Hector Vergara; Darren Clark

4th Official: Edvin Jurisevic

Attendance: 11,768

Time of Game: 1:51

Weather: Clear-and-62-degrees

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FSC cancels live TV of match

We have just received word that Fox Soccer Channel has canceled its live coverage of tonight’s Marathon-at-Sounders match. FSC will show the game on tape-delay at 1 a.m. Thursday.

The game will 97.3 FM and will be streamed on the CONCACAF Champions League website. We’ll be blogging before, during and after the match. And, of course, plenty of tickets remain available.

The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Qwest Field.


Two MLS games, including Fire-Quakes

In addition to the Sounders-Marathon CONCACAF game tonight (7 o’clock, Qwest and FSC), there are a couple of MLS games. Among them is the Chicago-at-San Jose game, which could have playoff implications — meaning Sounders implications, since San Jose and Seattle are even in the points standings (but the Quakes have two games in hand). (*However, while the original MLS release below shows this game on ESPN2, the link below does not, and it’s not showing up on my own cable listings for tonight. So.)

Here are previews from

Philadelphia Union at Colorado Rapids, 6 p.m. (MLS

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