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Orlando City wins, 2-0, before 2,174 in Tacoma

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on May 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm with 1 Comment »
May 12, 2013 7:38 pm
Sounders and Orlando City just before match at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.
Sounders and Orlando City just before match at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.

Final: Orlando City 2, Sounders Reserves 0. Both goals by Dom Dwyer. Joseph and Ianni go 90 minutes; Zakuani goes 55 for Seattle.

“It was nice to get a game, to give our fans down here a chance to see us play,” Reserves coach Ezra Hendrickson said. “Unfortunately we didn’t perform well today, we didn’t give them a good showing at all. The way we played today, that’s not Sounders football. I thought it got a little bit better in the second half, showed a little more effort. But we started off the game just slow, kind of lackadaisical and we got punished. We made a mistake in the first half, and they punished us. The second half started a little better, but they go up 2-0 and we were never able to get back into the game.”

I’ll be back with more reaction the game and the setting at Cheney Stadium.

55′ GOAL, Orlando again and Dwyer again. City, 2-0.

Attendance: Officially 2,174 and estimate that Mother’s Day might have kept about 1,000 away.

Second half: … has just kicked off.

Halftime: Orlando City, 1-0. Dwyer continued to be dangerous all afternoon. Estrada, Zakuani and Ianni had the best chances for Seattle.

Shots 7-5 OC; on goal 4-1 OC; fouls 6-4 OC; corners 6-3 OC.

First 15 minutes: Domination by Orlando City so far. Maybe unlike a normal MLS Reserve League match, these guys see this as a chance to prove something about themselves and USL Pro.

4th minute: GOAL Orlando city. SKC-loaned Dom Dwyer scores from close range. Lions, 1-0.

First kick: … has been struck. We’re under way. Sounders in cyan/cyan, Orlando in purple/purple.

Lineups: Sounders starting GK Hahnemann; D Remick. Ianni, Hurtado, Matula; M Caskey, Joseph, Rose, Zakuani, Zavaleta; F Estrada. Reserves Herric, Ochoa, Lund, Morris, Wingo, Crook, Langston. (The non-first-team roster guys are from Sounders academy.)

Orlando — the USL Pro affiliate of Sporting Kansas City — is starting Gallardo; Burke, Songo’o, Valentino, Boden; Watson, Duke, O’Connor, Molino; Dwyer, Chin.

Pregame: I’ve seen scores of baseball games at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, but this will be my first soccer match here. First impression: pretty good. Better than I expected. Not a trace of infield dirt on the pitch, although you can see a strip of the home-plate circle and third-base line.

At 4 p.m., I guess attention will shift from the stadium to the game: Sounders Reserves vs. Orlando City of USL-Pro.

There will be an audiocast at the Sounders website. I’ll keep this blog post open for highlights, and will add more comments on Twitter @donruiztnt.

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  1. elmocatt says:

    Was a fun way to spend the afternoon – at Cheney. It was fitting that the game was there, since it reminded me of a Raineers game, rather than a M’s game (in terms of the Sounders expericence). Folks were not 100% focused on the match, and instead, lots of little kids running around having a blast; able to see several Sounders players and top brass – and chat with one or two of them; was quite inexpensive; and home about 15 minutes after the game ended. Hope they do it again soon.

    Match wise, looked like the Sounders had the better players (except for Dwyer), but Orlando had the better team – they certainly played like a team and with a better understanding of each other. Can see why Dwyer was KC’s first round pick – he could turn into something – goals and a very nicely taken round house volley that just missed. More than I can say about the offensive chances the Sounders created.

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