Sounders jump ahead on a goal by Eidur Gudjohnsen, fall behind, and then come back to beat Chivas USA reserves, 4-2.
Gudjohnsen was not available to the media after the match. However, general manager Adrian Hanauer said Gudjohnsen will return to Iceland tomorrow. However, Hanauer said that was expected and not necessarily an indication that the club won’t be able to sign him.
“The 15th is the roster freeze, so by then something will be figured out for sure,” Hanauer said. “But we’re going to sit down with he and his representation and see what opportunities there might be.
“He is, as a matter of fact, booked on a plane (to Iceland) tomorrow. … That was what was booked in advance. At least right now he’s planned to get on the plane in the morning, or whatever was booked. (Even if signed) he’d have to get a work permit, we’d have to get him registered, he’d have to bring clothes for the rest of the year. So he would probably go back whether he was signed or not signed to get himself organized. But again, we’ve got our work cut out for us to try to come up with a way to keep him.
Hanauer was similarly noncommittal regarding defender George Ogararu.
“It’s sort of the same message: We’re always going to try to make the team better,” Hanauer said. “When there are opportunities to good players in on trial, we’re going to do it. Beyond that, we’ll have our own internal discussions and figure out where we are with this year’s roster and beyond.”
Ogararu did speak with the media after the match and said he hopes to stay “as long as possible.”
“Good,” he said of his visit with the club. “Very good. I’m very surprised by what I see over here. Good atmosphere and good club and good environment. Especially today.”
Ogararu said he watched the Sounders MLS win over Chivas yesterday with Mauro Rosales, who he knows from Ajax.
“He told me about the club and told me it’s a fantastic club,” Ogararu said. “And he was right.”
90th minute: Goal by Seth C’deBaca a 24-year-old midfielder who played collegiately at Georgetown and was with Pittsburgh in the USL. That makes it 4-2, Sounders.
69th minute:Sounders reserves move ahead, 3-2. Michael Seamon credited from pileup in front of goal.
62nd minute: Cordell Cato equalizes from top of penalty area. 2-2.
60th minute: Chivas slips ahead, 2-1, with what I believe was an own goal.
Second half: … has begun. Gudjohnsen not out there. However, another interesting trialist is: George Ogararu, a Romanian international who played 2006-2010 at Ajax.
26th minute: GOAL Chivas. Jose Correa header past Sounders keeper Josh Ford, who didn’t have much chance. 1-1.
22nd minute: Goal Seattle. More to the point, goal Gudjohnsen. Sammy Ochoa fired from the right side of the box, Gudjohnsen ran on and one-touched it into the goal. Sounders, 1-0.
Through 15: Scoreless. Gudjohnsen tried to get to a header in the box, but was mostly shielded away. He’s also been whistled for offside.
First kick: Game has begun. I’ll post goals and major highlights here. Detaily this and that tweeted @donruiztnt.
Pregame: The Sounders have confirmed that Chelsea, Barcelona and Iceland national team star Eidur Gudjohnsen, who trained with the Sounders last week, will start in the MLS Reserve League match this morning at Starfire.
The Sounders and Chivas reserves will kick off at 11 a.m. at Starfire Sports Stadium. (Parking lot very full, stands very empty.) There also will be live audio at SoundersFC.com.
Here’s Sounders’ starting lineup: Ford, Seamon, Steres, Parke, Burch, Cato, Carrasco, Rose, Caskey, Gudjohnsen, Ochoa. Sounders also have announced that on their bench will be George Ogararu, a Romanian international who played 2006-2010 at Ajax.
Chelsea going with Melia, Rodriguez, Burling, Gallaugher, Dheming, Delgado, Lopez, Courtois, Romero, Cardozo, Correa.
Admission is free; however, there is a suggested $5 donation at the gate.