The Seattle Sounders FC faced the Houston Dynamo in its second training game at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando on Tuesday. Sounders FC (2-2-2) used two second-half goals to come-from-behind and draw with the Dynamo, 2-2, over two 45-minute halves.
After going down 2-nil in the first half, Fredy Montero converted a penalty kick and rookie Michael Tetteh added a second tally for Sounders FC in the final 45 minutes.
Montero got Seattle on the board in the 62nd minute. O’Brian White earned the penalty after he was taken down in the box and Montero stepped up and buried the penalty kick.
Montero nearly scored in the 41st minute but his volley bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and spun off the goal line.
Tetteh, Seattle’s top pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, scored the equalizer in the 70th minute. Tetteh raced up the middle of the field and, after exchanging passes with Roger Levesque, put the ball past goalkeeper Tyler Deric.
Tetteh, playing at left back, scored his first goal as a Sounder and Levesque, playing at right midfielder, was credited with the assist.
Former USL Sounder Cam Weaver put Houston ahead with a goal in the 11th minute when Geoff Cameron found him at the back post. Houston extended its lead in the 57th minute when a Francisco Navas Cobo corner kick was headed by Brian Ching and the ball deflected off a Seattle defender and into the net.
Rookie goalkeeper Josh Ford jumped off his line to stop a Jason Garey shot in the 81st minute and made a handful of other saves in the second half.
Sounders FC will face the University of Central Florida on Thursday at 1 p.m. PT in its next training game.
HOU – Cam Weaver (Geoff Cameron) 11’
HOU – Brian Ching (Francisco Navas Cobo) 57’
SEA – Fredy Montero (penalty kick) 62’
SEA – Michael Tetteh (Roger Levesque) 70’
HOU – Richard Edwards (caution) 22’
SEA – Brad Evans (caution)
Sounders FC Lineup
Kasey Keller (Josh Ford 46), James Riley (Richard Martinez 63), Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Taylor Graham 63), Jeff Parke (Leone Cruz 63), Leo Gonzalez (Michael Tetteh 63), Alvaro Fernandez (Roger Levesque 63), Osvaldo Alonso (Servando Carrasco 63), Brad Evans (Jonathan Prieto 63), Steve Zakuani (Miguel Montaño 63), O’Brian White (Pat Noonan 63), Fredy Montero (Lamar Neagle 63).
Tally Hall (Tyler Deric 46), Kofi Sarkodie (Jordan Grey 46), Bobby Boswell (Eddie Robinson 46), Andrew Hainault (Jermaine Taylor 46), Hunter Freeman (Mike Chabala 46), Danny Cruz (Francisco Navas Cobo 46, Josue Soto 70), Richard Edwards (Lovel Palmer 46), Geoff Cameron (Alex Dixon 46, Francisco Navas Cobo 87), Brad Davis (Corey Ashe 46), Cam Weaver (Brian Ching 46), Will Bruin (Jason Garey 46).
Sounders FC returns to Bradenton, Fla. on Tuesday night and will train at IMG Soccer Academy at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
Forward Nate Jaqua, midfielder Erik Friberg and defender Pat Ianni were held out of the training game.
Quotes from SIGI SCHMID
On the training game…) “It’s good that we came back from 2-0 down but I thought in the first half we actually played some pretty good soccer. I thought we created some good opportunities. If it wouldn’t be for bad luck we would have no luck. It was a situation where I was looking for the chances we could create for ourselves. We have got to do a better job finishing, that’s got to be better. We have also got to do a better job of not dominating and then conceding a goal at the other end of the field. We have got to cut out those mistakes. Overall, I was pleased with the soccer. I thought it was better and I was happy with the fact that we came back equalized the game in the second half.”
On the team’s scoring…) “I didn’t think we deserved to lose the game today, for sure. It was good. The penalty was good by O’Brian [White] trying to shield it. [Fredy] Montero buries the penalty and then the second goal was a great combination between [Roger] Leveque and Michael Tetteh. I thought we had some other opportunities where we were right there knocking on the door. If we continue to do that, things will turn out alright. There’s always a point in every game where you’re not going to dominate the game, where the other team is going to get it and right now what we’re doing is we are giving up goals in those periods of time. We’ve just got to be able to eliminate that and we’ve got to work on defending set pieces as well because that was an Achilles heel last year and it’s something we haven’t worked on at all so far this year. I usually don’t work on it in the first two, three weeks but they’ll get a steady diet of that from now on.”
On impressions of two training games in Orlando…) “It was good because we were able to push guys 60 minutes. We were able to play two different units. It gave guys opportunities to step up and make a case for themselves. I always say I don’t make decisions, players make decisions for me. Guys had an opportunity to make their case as to why they should be on the team or why they shouldn’t be on the team.”
On players that impressed…) “Like I said, I thought we had some good moments. I thought [Osvaldo] Alonso played very well in the first half. I thought Leo Gonzalez was very good as well in the first half. Obviously [Fredy] Montero I thought had, outside of the one that hit the post, had some other good opportunities. [Steve] Zakuani had some key moments. There were some good one-two’s from [Alvaro] Fernandez on the right side of the field as well that got him in behind. I was pleased. The second group that came out I thought Roger Levesque played with great energy. We play him at right back, right midfield and he’s doing a great job there. I thought as well that [Servando] Carrasco came in and played well for us in the middle of midfield. Obviously [Michael] Tetteh scores a great goal. We’ll get his defending better but he’s got some instincts offensively that you can’t teach. At the end of the day, I think he’s going to be a very good player for us on the left side.”
On Erik Friberg and Patrick Ianni…) “We are just being cautious with both of them. We are seeing how Erik comes along. We will get a better idea tomorrow. Are they such that they might be able to play on Saturday? Don’t know. We’ll see how that works but for sure we think by the time we play the Cascadia Summit they should be ready to go.”
Left winger Steve Zakuani faced off against former Akron teammate and right back Kofi Sarkodie…There are several Northwest connections on the Houston squad. Tally Hall is from Gig Harbor, Mike Chabala played collegiately at the University of Washington, Cam Weaver was the USL Rookie of the Year for the Sounders in 2006 and played collegiately at Seattle University and Brian Ching played with the USL Sounders…The Atlanta Braves were training on a field adjacent to the training game…