TUKWILA, WASH. – (Club Release) Playing its second home game in the 2015 USL season, Sounders FC 2 (2-0-0, 6 points) earned three points against Cascadia rival Whitecaps FC 2 (0-1-0, 0 points) Sunday afternoon at Starfire Stadium. Forward Darwin Jones scored three goals for his first professional hat trick, while Andy Craven recorded a goal and two assists. It is the first shutout recorded by goalkeeper Charlie Lyon and the S2 backline. Head Coach Ezra Hendrickson’s side has a weekend break next week, but will be back in action at home again against its southern Cascadia rivals, Timbers 2 on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. PT.
S2 has now scored eight goals between its first two matches, having scored four against defending USL champion Sacramento Republic FC in its home-opener on March 21. Jones, a Sounders FC Homegrown Player, opened the scoring in the 17th minute, converting a low cross by Andy Craven. The ball found Jones in front of a wide-open net for an easy tap-in.
Craven added to the S2 tally nearly 10 minutes later after defender Damion Lowe fired a shot from 25 yards that bounced off the post. Craven dove forward and headed in the rebound to make it 2-0.
Jones gained his second of the night in the 37th minute after Craven sent in a long pass forward that found Jones in the box. He fought off a defender and slotted the shot home to the bottom left to make it 3-0. He completed the hat trick early in the second half after a poorly cleared ball from defender Ethan Sampson that fell to Jones in the area. He volleyed the shot home for the final goal of the game.
Forward Qudus Lawal made his first professional appearance when he came on as a substitute in the 71st minute. Two Sounders FC Academy players also made their first S2 appearance, with defenders Choong Sil Lim and Kasey French coming on in the second half.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 4 – Whitecaps FC 2 0
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Venue: Starfire Stadium
Referee: Josh Wilkens
Assistants: Jeff Hosking, Will Niccolls
Fourth Official: Levi Rippy
Weather: Overcast and 63 degrees
SEA – Darwin Jones (Andy Craven) 17′
SEA – Andy Craven 26′
SEA – Darwin Jones (Andy Craven) 37′
SEA – Darwin Jones 50′
VAN – Timothy Parker (caution) 29′
VAN – Ben McKendry (caution 53′
SEA – Andres Correa (caution) 76′
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC – Charlie Lyon; Aaron Long, Andres Correa, Damion Lowe, Nicholas Miele; Amadou Sanyang, Giuliano Frano (Choong sil Lim 80′), Andy Craven (Kasey French 89′), Sam Garza, Pablo Rossi (Duncan McCormick 61′); Darwin Jones (Qudus Lawal 71′)
Substitutes not used: Saif Kerawala
Total shots: 20
Shots on goal: 8
Whitecaps FC 2 – Paolo Tornaghi Jackson Farmer, Chris Serban, Ethan Sampson, Timothy Parker; Victor Blasco (Sahil Sanhu 45′), Mitchell Piraux, Tyler Rosenlund, Ben McKendry (Ben McKendry 45′); Brett Levis (Jovan Blagojevic 73′), Caleb Clarke (Mackenzie Pridham 73′)
Substitutes not used: Spencer Richey, Craig Nitti
Total shots: 4
Shots on goal: 1
FRISCO, TEXAS – (Club Release) Playing its first road match of the 2015 Major League Soccer season, Seattle Sounders FC (1-1-1, 4 points) secured an away point against Western Conference foe FC Dallas (3-0-1, 10 points) on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei and the Rave Green backline recorded their second shutout of the season in front of 18,333 in North Texas. Sigi Schmid’s side returns to the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field next weekend in a home clash against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, April 4 (7:00 p.m. PT / Q13 FOX, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM).
Sounders FC is now 8-3-5 all-time in regular season play against FC Dallas. In the six matchups between the teams in the last calendar year – including the MLS Cup Playoffs – Seattle holds a 2-1-3 advantage. Seattle earned a man-advantage in tonight’s contest when midfielder Andy Rose took a hard challenge in midfield from FC Dallas’ Kellyn Acosta, with the latter receiving a straight red card in the 18th minute. Although the Rave Green had their share of scoring chances, the club’s attack could not find the back of the net on the evening.
First Round 2015 MLS SuperDraft selection Cristian Roldan made his first career MLS start after appearing as a substitute in the first two league contests of the season. Fellow rookies Victor Mansaray and Oniel Fisher made their respective MLS debuts, each appearing as a substitute in the second half.
Sounders FC returns to the Emerald City tomorrow, with training set to resume at the club’s Starfire Sports Complex practice facility on Monday, March 30 beginning at 10:00 a.m. PT. The entire session is open to media, with player and coach availability beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. PT.
Seattle Sounders FC 0 – FC Dallas 0
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Venue: Toyota Stadium
Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistants: Craig Lowry, Brian Poeschel
Fourth Official: Kevin Terry
Weather: Clear and 75 degrees
DAL – Kellyn Acosta (ejection) 18′
DAL – Walker Zimmerman (caution) 80′
SEA – Micheal Azira (caution) 84′
SEA – Leo Gonzalez (caution) 90+2′
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans-C, Zach Scott, Leo Gonzalez; Micheal Azira (Oniel Fisher 86′), Gonzalo Pineda, Cristian Roldan (Aaron Kovar 61′), Andy Rose, Marco Pappa; Chad Barrett (Victor Mansaray 75′)
Substitutes not used: Troy Perkins, Dylan Remick, Jimmy Ockford
Total shots: 7 (Azira, 4)
Shots on goal: 0
Fouls: 14 (Azira, 4)
Offside: 1 (Neagle, 1)
Corner-kicks: 7 (Pineda, 5)
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz; Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, Atiba Harris; Fabian Castillo, Michel, Victor Ulloa, Ryan Hollingshead (Michael Barrios 86′); Tesho Akindele, David Texeira (Walker Zimmerman 59′)
Substitutes not used: Jesse Gonzalez, Stephen Keel, Otis Earle, Danny Garcia, Alejandro Zendejas
Total shots: 4 (Four players, 1)
Shots on goal: 0
Fouls: 6 (Harris, 3)
Corner-kicks: 4 (Michel, 3)
- MATCH NOTES
Following a 3-0 shutout win in the season-opener against New England, Sounders FC has recorded two clean sheets in its first three matches for the third time in the club’s seven-year history, including the second campaign with Stefan Frei
- between the posts. The club recorded a shutout in each of its first three matches in the inaugural 2009 season, and held its opponents scoreless twice in its first three fixtures last season.
- This marked the fifth time in seven years that Sounders FC has earned a result in its first road match of the season. The club is 2-2-3 all-time in MLS regular season road openers.
- First Round 2015 MLS SuperDraft selection Cristian Roldan made his first career MLS start after appearing as a substitute in the first two league contests of the season. Fellow rookies Victor Mansaray and Oniel Fisher made their respective MLS debuts, each appearing as a substitute in the second half.
- For the first occasion in 199 all-time matches in Sounders FC club history, neither team recorded a shot on goal during the match. The previous low mark for combined total shots on goal was two (August 20, 2009 vs. New England).
- Sounders FC is now 8-3-5 all-time in regular season play against FC Dallas. In the six matchups between the teams in the last calendar year (including postseason), Seattle holds a 2-1-3 advantage.
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