The Sounders Reserves lost to Portland today, 3-2. However, one highlight was the return to action of David Estrada (foot), who played 45 minutes.
The Sounders first team return to training Monday, which will mark the start of a busy and important week.
After training, the club will fly to Houston, and then continue to Honduras the next day, where they will meet Marathon in a Wednesday match that could assure advancement in CONCACAF Champions League.
Then the Sounders return to Seattle, where on Saturday they will host San Jose in what could be a do-or-die match for the Sounders’ Supporters Shield chances.
Here’s a Reserves report from Sounders FC:
Three first-half goals led the Portland Timbers to a 3-2 win against Seattle Sounders FC in MLS Reserve League play on Sunday afternoon at JELD-WEN Field.
The Timbers Reserves (4-5-1, 13pts) scored all three goals within the first 15 minutes of play. Forward Kris Boyd scored a goal and added an assist, while forwards Mike Fucito and Brent Richards each scored a goal in the win.
Sounders FC Reserves (3-5-1, 10pts) received goals from Sounders FC Academy players Jordan Morris and Isidro Prado-Huerta.
Making his season debut, Timbers forward Jose Valencia came on in the 70th minute and forced Sounders FC goalkeeper Josh Ford into one of his six saves on the day with a shot on the right post. It was his first game action as a member of the Timbers after months of rehab following left knee surgery on February 6.
Fucito got the Timbers Reserves on the board first less than five minutes in. Boyd played the ball high in the air and Fucito ended up with a wide-open attempt from 12 yards out.
Just four minutes later, Boyd scored to make the score 2-0. Portland midfielder Kalif Alhassan played a through ball to Boyd into the box, who immediately chipped the ball over Ford for the goal.
The third goal for the Timbers Reserves came from Richards in the 15th minute. It was Richards’ fourth goal of the Reserve League season.
Seattle struck twice in the second half, starting with a goal in the 49th minute. Sounders FC midfielder Cordell Cato played a ball into the box from the right side of play and it found the head of Morris, who placed it just past Timbers keeper Mitch North.
Sounders FC Reserves got within a goal of Portland in the 78th minute with the help of two other Sounders FC Academy players. Seattle forward Dominique Dismuke collected the ball deep inside the box and left it in front of the net for midfielder Prado-Huerta, who put it past North to make the score 3-2.
Seattle will conclude the Reserve League season against the San Jose Earthquakes on September 23 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash. Kickoff is 2 p.m. PT.
POR: Fucito (Boyd), 5
POR: Boyd (Alhassan), 9
POR: Richards, 15
SEA: Morris (Cato), 49
SEA: Prado-Huerta (Dismuke), 79
Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Gleeson (North*, 32), D Hogg, D Danso, D Brunner, D Kawulok, M Alexander (Desir*, 78), M Alhassan (Renken, 68), M Richards, F Rincón, F Boyd (Valencia, 70), F Fucito (Vickers^, 69)
Substitutes Not Used: M Bryan Gonzalez*, D Abdiel Morfin*
TOTAL SHOTS: 13; SHOTS ON GOAL: 9; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 3
SEA: GK Ford, D Seamon, D Scott (Burch, 45), D Steres, D Beck*, M Cato (Dismuke*, 66), M Carrasco (Caskey, 45), M McCormick*, M Prado-Huerta*, F Morris*, F Ochoa (Estrada, 45)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Meredith
TOTAL SHOTS: 15; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 10; OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 6
^ indicates guest player/trialist
* indicates academy player
Referee: Greg Marshall
Assistant Referees: Jeremy Hanson, Carlos Tercero
4th Official: Lucas Brooks
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial