Goals by Fredy Montero and Cordell Cato and a scoreless performance by goalkeeper Michael Gspurning fueled the Seattle Sounders to their first training game win, 2-0 over the Columbus Crew at IMG Soccer Academy today in Bradenton, Fla.
The 120-minute training game consisted of two 45-minute periods followed by a 30-minute period. Seattle fielded a group of mostly returning starters for the first 75 minutes, and Gspurning played 90.
It was plenty physical. There were three ejections and seven yellow card cautions issued. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado was issued two yellow cards in the first 13 minutes and was replaced by Patrick Ianni. Amadou Sanyang got a red card in the 82nd minute for a high challenge. Lamar Neagle replaced Sanyang and Roger Levesque was moved to right back. Columbus’ Bernardo Anor received a red card in the 60th minute for a challenge on Osvaldo Alonso and was replaced by Shaun Francis.
Montero struck in the 54th minute. Mauro Rosales brought the ball up the right side and rolled it to Adam Johansson who lofted a high cross into the box. Montero, who was just inside the 6-yard box, elevated and pur a header past keeper Andy Gruenebaum.
Newcomers Christian Sivebaek and Cato combined for the second goal in the 114th minute. Sivebaek brought the ball up the left side and chipped a cross to Cato who headed it past Crew keeper Matt Lampson.
Sounders goalkeeper Bryan Meredith made a save in the 100th minute when Aaron Horton had him one on one inside the box. Meredith dived to his right to push Horton’s chip shot wide of the post with his fingertips.
Seattle will play two more training games while in Florida with the next match on Thursday morning against the U17 U.S. National Team. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 a.m. and will be played at the IMG Soccer Academy.