The opening goal was a combination of old and new, as Fredy Montero, an original Sounder, headed in a cross from Adam Johansson, who was signed during the off-season.
The capper came from a combination of veterans, as Osvaldo Alonso sent a pass to Montero, who lofted a shot in from just outside the top of the penalty area.
That was enough to give Seattle its second win over a Mexican Primera League club in as many weeks, following a 5-2 win at Atlante. However, the next one counts, as the Sounders play their first meaningful match of the 2012 season next Wednesday: a CONCACAF Championships league home quarterfinal opener against Santos Laguna.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had said he would use the final friendly of the preseason to prepare his starters for that Santo match. The lineup he sent out used goalkeeper Michael Gspurning; defenders Johansson, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Leo Gonzalez; midfielders Mauro Rosales, Alonso, Brad Evans and Alvaro Fernandez; and forwards David Estrada and Montero. Schmid added that newly acquired forward Eddie Johnson will move into the lineup once recovered from a hamstring injury.
Seattle concluded the preseason 5-0-2.
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