SEATTLE, WA — It was only a few months ago that Darwin Jones was presented with a life choice: stay at the University of Washington or sign as a home grown player with Seattle Sounders FC. Jones chose to stay in school, and in the process helped lead the Huskies to their best-ever season. Sunday night at Husky Soccer Field the Dawgs hosted the Sounders in a friendly and Jones showed the Sounders what they missed as well as what they can look forward to. Darwin scored a hat trick as Washington edged the Sounders 4-3 in stoppage time. Jones remains linked to the Sounders as a prospect. Seattle ‘owns’ his MLS rights.
SounderatHeart takes a look at the friendly from a Rave Green perspective here.
Matt Gaschk posted the report below on SoundersFC.com:
Sounders FC looks to get good competitive matches for its reserves who don’t play in the league matches. On Sunday, Seattle got just that in the University of Washington Huskies, a 2013 Elite Eight team in the NCAA Tournament.
One day after getting a stoppage-time victory off the boots of Chad Barrett against Sporting Kansas City in MLS play, Sounders FC Academy alum Darwin Jones scored a stoppage-time winner to complete a hat trick as Seattle fell to the Huskies, 4-3.
With a roster that features six Sounders FC Academy products, the Huskies gave Sounders FC a stiff test at Husky Soccer Field on the UW campus as part of UW’s spring soccer schedule in a match that also served as a fundraiser for an international summer trip.
Coming on a counter attack off a Seattle corner kick, Jones charged up the left side and clipped a cross to Cristian Roldan, who nodded a header past Marcus Hahnemann to put the Sounders behind 1-0 in just the fifth minute.
In the 12th minute, Jones added to the lead, racing up the left side again and thumping a right-footed shot inside the far post for a 2-0 UW lead.
Seattle pulled one back in the 14th minute when Andy Rose won a free kick just outside the box. Kevin Parsemain’s shot off the free kick was blocked, but Jalil Anibaba gained control and curled a left-footed shot inside the left post to reel the Huskies in at 2-1.
In the 18th minute, Chad Barrett, coming off of a stoppage-time winner on Saturday against Sporting Kansas City, got free up the left side and pinged a left-footed shot off the far post and in to equalize at 2-2.
After a brief break in scoring, Jones picked up again, taking a long ball from Andy Thome and popping it past Hahnemann to make it 3-2 in the 35th minute.
That score held until halftime and Seattle equalized early in the second half when Cam Weaver got into the box off a long throw from the right side and shot past Ryan Herman to make it 3-3.
Weaver nearly added another in the 85th minute, but Herman got just enough of his runner in the box and recovered in time to smother it before it crossed the line.
Just a minute after getting flagged offside on a ball in the box, Jones hammered in a stoppage-time rebound, completing the hat trick and finishing off the Sounders FC reserves with a 4-3 defeat.
Scoring Sounders FC – Jalil Anibaba 14; Chad Barrett 18; Cam Weaver 63. UW – Cristian Roldan (Darwin Jones) 5; Darwin Jones 12; Darwin Jones (Andy Thoma) 35; Darwin Jones 92+.
Lineups Sounders FC – Marcus Hahnemann, Jalil Anibaba,Zach Scott, Damion Lowe, Leo Gonzalez, Sean Okoli (Aaron Kovar 59), Andy Rose (John Arroyo 78), Gonzalo Pineda (Fabio Pereira 75), Micheal Azira, Chad Barrett (Cam Weaver 46), Kevin Parsemain (David Estrada 59). UW – Ryan Herman, Jose Ocampo, Michael Gallagher, Justin Schmidt, Andy Thoma, Josh Heard (Jim Oganga 78), Cristian Roldan, Ian Lange (Charlie Ranahan 67), James Moberg, Darwin Jones, Mason Robertson.
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