Sounders U-23’s ‘bike’ to late win over Washington Crossfire (video, photos)

Sounders U-23’s ‘bike’ to late win over Washington Crossfire (video, photos)

TUKWILA, WA – (club release) The Sounders U-23 defeated the Washington Crossfire Friday night 1-0 in dramatic fashion for their first PDL win of the season. Blake Wise put the Sounders ahead for good with a stoppage time bicycle kick goal to break what seemed to be a match headed for a scoreless draw.

MATCH GALLERY: Jeff Halstead for

The Sounders U-23 started the match on the attack with chances coming early. In the 4th minute, Miles Byass slipped through the back line, into the box, and on to a perfectly weighted through ball. Byass looked up to take a shot on goal but the oncoming Crossfire keeper, Spencer Richey, met him at the penalty spot and took the shot right of the Sounders U-23 striker’s foot.

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Crossfire goalkeeper Spencer Richey (#1) reaches for a ball that is lodged between the shoulders of Andy Thoma and Sounders U-23’s Miles Byass. (Jeff Halstead)

The Sounders U-23 continued the pressure on goal earning three corner kicks within the first 10 minutes of play. However, despite the chances, they could not find that last finishing touch to put a goal on the scoreboard.

At the back the Sounders U-23 defense played as a well-organized unit, limiting the Crossfire to only two shots on goal in the first half. Washington’s best chance came on a corner kick in the 39th minute. Sounders U-23 keeper Ben Dragavon came out to punch the ball, but it fell at the feet of Crossfire attackers. The ball rattled around in the box for a few nervous touches, but was ultimately cleared from danger.

The half came to an end with the Sounders U-23 on the attack again. A combination of long throws, free kicks, and corner kicks tested the Crossfire keeper, Richey, but the two sides went into their locker rooms locked at 0-0.

Michael Harris once did flip throw-ins for Crossfire. Now he does them in rave green. (Jeff Halstead)
Michael Harris once did flip throw-ins for Crossfire. Now he does them in rave green. (Jeff Halstead)

The second half proved to be much like the first, with the Sounders U-23 side knocking on the door, but not able to push through for a goal.

In the 56th minute Aodhan Quinn picked up the ball in an attacking position. The surrounding Crossfire defenders all decided to leave him to mark other players making their runs. Quinn lined up the shot with his left foot and let one fly, but it dipped just a moment too late, after it had cleared the bar for a goal kick.

The best look of the second half for the Crossfire came in the 81st minute. Forward Hamza Haddadi found himself alone behind the Sounders U-23 defense, onside, with only Dragavon to beat. The Sounders U-23 veteran was up to the task as he got just enough of the ball to deflect it away for a defensive clearance.

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#19 Sean Russell controls for Washington Crossfire. (Jeff Halstead)

Then, in the closing moments of the match the Sounders U-23 pushed men forward looking for a chance at three points. They sent a long free kick into the box, but Richey was there again to punch it away. Still on the attack, Josh Phillips gathered the rebound and popped it back into the box where Wise was positioned with his back to the goal. The ball took one bounce up into Wise’s chest, and without hesitation, Wise leapt into the air and fired a bicycle on goal. Finally the Sounders U-23 had scored as the ball whipped through Richey’s gloves and into the net.

With virtually no time left in the match the Sounders U-23 went on to claim the 1-0 victory and their first league win of the season.

Next up for the Sounders U-23 is the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23. They’ll meet for a Sunday afternoon match at Sunset Stadium at 2:00 p.m. For live updates from Sunday’s match follow us on Twitter: @SoundersU23 and ‘Like’ us on Facebook. For a recap of all Sounders-U23 matches as well as ticket information, visit

Another view: Wise last-second bicycle kick puts Sounders over Crossfire, 1-0

Michael Uyhara dashes for the Sounders U-23's. (Jeff Halstead)
Michael Uyhara dashes for the Sounders U-23’s. (Jeff Halstead)

Scoring Summary:
SFC – Blake Wise – 90’+

Sounders FC U-23 – Ben Dragavon, Josh Phillips, Mark Lee, Chris Brundage, Mike Uyehara, Stephen Mohn, Mike Harris, Luis Esteves (Abdulwali Aman, 70’), Mauricio Diaz De Leon (Chase Hanson, 76’), Aodhan Quinn, Miles Byass (Blake Wise, 70’).

Substitutes Not Used: Earl Edwards, Nick Raskasky, Ian Lange, Miguel Gonzalez


Washington Crossfire – Spencer Richey, Andy Thoma, Nick James, Justin Schmidt, Eric Baumgarder (Matt Sarrett, 45), Nik Basagno (Alex Taylor, 88’), Ben Fisk (Justin Amundsen, 76’), Jame Moberg, Sean Russell (Leland Matthaeus, 71’), Hamza Haddadi, Ian Adams.

Substitutes Not Used: Ian Clark, Jeremy Carlson, Nicco Piaceutini.


Misconduct Summary:
SFC – Aodhan Quinn (caution) 79’

Referee: Josh Willkens
Referee’s Assistants: Scott Powell, Chris Danforth
4th Official: none
Attendance: 1311
Time of Game: 8:00 p.m. PST
Weather: Sunny and 59 degrees

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