Sounders U23s

Sounders U23 begin pre-season against Seattle U at Muckleshoot Tribal School

su23clear(Sounders U23 release) The Sounders U23 started training this week as they prepare for the 2015 PDL season. With the college players set to arrive in the coming weeks, the game versus Seattle University served as an opportunity for players to make the Sounders U23 roster.

A lively game early, Sounders U23 goalkeeper, Paul Christensen was busy in the air pulling in crosses. Seattle University would break the ice before the half as a defensive miscue allowed freshman Ibrahima Drame to dribble across the top of the 18 yard box and fire a shot through players into the back of the net.

In the closing minutes of the first half, Sounders U23 forward Derek Johnson was in clean behind the defense with an on rushing goalkeeper from Seattle University. Johnson chipped the goalkeeper but missed the goal ending the half with Seattle University up by a goal.

The second half saw the Sounders U23 team pressing to find a goal with four shots in the first five minutes but the score stayed at 1-0 for the Redhawks. Nick Prasad directed traffic well for Seattle University under the pressure being applied.

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The Sounders U23 team finally found the back of the net with 25 yard laser from Joey Gjertsen. With the score leveled at one for both teams, both coaches opened up the benches to look at players.

As the new trialists entered the game, the game got more physical and the officiating staff worked to make sure the game was consistent. John Monroy received his second yellow card within 10 minutes of entering the game and the Sounders U23 team was forced to play the last 15 minutes of the game down a man.

With no time on the clock, Seattle University found a ball behind the defense and finished what would be the winning goal in the game.

The game between the Sounders U23 and Seattle University Men’s team was played at the Muckleshoot Tribal School. This exciting opportunity for both clubs was further enhanced when both head coaches were presented with an honorary woven basket and handmade blanket from Tribal Chairperson Virginia Cross.

“Today was a great start to our training season as we prepare for the PDL season. Players got to know each other through the game and we learned a lot about who may be able to play with the players we have coming in,” explained Darren Sawatzky, Sounders U23 Head Coach, “The opportunity to play at Muckleshoot and to be accepted there for this match was incredible.”

The Sounders U23 team plays at the Bellingham Hammers this Friday at 7pm at Civic Stadium. The team then comes back for the final pre-season match up against South Sound on May 17th before opening the 2015 PDL season versus Calgary Foothills on May 24th at Sunset Stadium. Tickets and the schedule can be found at http://www.soundersu23.com.

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