Lackluster Sounders Fall 2-0 to NYCFC
It was not destined to be a good day for the Seattle Sounders FC, as they took on NYCFC this last Saturday. It was their first regular season match in Seattle after the Copa America break. The Sounders
fielded an expected line-up. Defensively the Sounders started Stefan Frei in goal, Dylan Remick at left back, Chad Marshall and Brad Evans in center defense, and Tyrone Mears at right back. In the midfield Andreas Ivanschitz slotted in on the left side, Erik Friberg in the center, and Ozzie Alonso playing on the right. Up top, Joevin Jones was paired on the left with Aaron Kovar on the right, playing support to Jordan Morris in the center attacking position.
New York City FC played Josh Saunders in goal, Ronald Matarrita at left back, Jefferson Mena and Fredric Brilliant in center defense, and RJ Allen on the right back side. In the midfield Andrea Pirlo was at center left, Andoni Iraola in center, and Frank Lampard at center right. Up top NYCFC fielded Thomas McNamara and Jack Harrison on either side of David Villa.
First Half Highlights:
From the first whistle the Sounders initially seemed ready and engaged. Late in the fourth minute Aaron Kovar received a quick through ball on the right side and capitalized on the slipping NYCFC defender, running it up the line. Kovar delivered a dangerous and speedy low cross to Jordan Morris who was just a fraction behind it, his reaching foot barely able to send the ball to the left side of the goal. NYCFC was not to be outdone, however, and through some well crafted pass work in the middle, released David Villa on the right side of Frei. Villa took a touch and blasted a well placed shot, forcing Frei to parry it out to his left where Remick was able to clean it up. NYCFC continued to press, and in the 36’ a deflected lobbed shot from inside the box lead to an NYCFC corner, taken from the right. The ever dangerous Italian attacker Pirlo sent the initial cross into the box, where it was poorly cleared to RJ Allen just outside the box. Allen quickly sent the ball back into the fray where it was bodied into goal by Frank Lampard. The Sounders immediately clamored for
Second Half Highlights:
Seattle started out positively in the second half. Morris received a great lobbing through ball from the back line and had broken nearly free from the defending New York side. Morris didn’t manage to finish the shot, though, after getting a firm nudge on the back from the defender he had sped past. After that attempt, it was back to NYCFC working from the midfield and creating more scoring opportunities. In the 49’ Villa took a snap shot from the center of the box on a cross from the right side of goal; thankfully for the Sounders, Frei was well positioned to smother the dangerous ball. Later, in the 66’, Ivanschitz sent in a shallow ball off a free kick from right side of goal. Valdez managed to flick the ball on but it crashed harmlessly into the side of the net. Seattle found another opportunity again in the 79’, when a lofted ball released Oalex Anderson, to send a cross in front of the goal. Unsurprisingly, no one was around to finish the shot. In the 86’ NYCFC capitalized on a poor back pass from Joevin Jones. It went to the feet of Villa, but Frei was quick to pressure the attacker, and managed an awkward punch out. The ball went to another open NYC attacker, who slid the ball to Mickey Lopez. Lopez easily placed the shot into the back of the net while Frei scrambled to get back. That finished off the flailing Seattle Sounders team for the afternoon, and NYCFC waltzed off with the full three points on the day. For their next match, the Sounders will take on Real Salt Lake in USOC play on June 28th, at Rio Tinto Statdium.
Thomas McNamara (yellow, 42’, dangerous tackle)
Andoni Iraola (yellow, 75’, dangerous play)
Nelson Valdez in for Dylan Remick, 57’
Cristian Roldan in for Aaron Kovar 66’
Oalex Anderson in for Andreas Ivanschitz 76’
New York City FC
Ethan White in for Thomas McNamara, 77’
Mickey Lopez in for Frank Lampard, 83’
Khiry Shelton in for Jack Harrison, 89’