Three goals in the first 34 minutes lifted the Seattle Sounders to a 3-0 win over the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team at IMG Soccer Academy today.
The training game consisted of two 35-minute periods. Seattle’s starters from the previous day did not play.
David Estrada struck first with a goal in the 24th minute. Estrada made a run up the left side, collected a pass from Sammy Ochoa and beat keeper Paul Christensen for the game’s first goal.
Ochoa scored in the 32nd minute when he collected a loose ball outside of the box, dribbled past his defender and beat the keeper with the outside of his right foot from just inside the 18-yard box.
Zach Scott added the final tally in the 34th minute after Cordell Cato’s shot was deflected by a defender. Scott ran onto the loose ball in the box and finished inside the far netting.
Moments before his goal, Estrada hit the post with a header in the 23rd minute.
Alex Caskey created several scoring opportunities. Caskey set-up Ochoa in the box in the 12th minute but Ochoa’s shot sailed over the crossbar. In the 22nd minute, Caskey cut across his defender on the right side and served a low cross into the box to a streaking Roger Levesque but his shot missed wide.
Seattle’s final training game in Florida is on Sunday against Florida Gulf Coast University. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT at the IMG Soccer Academy.