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Seattle Soccer Examiner

Seattle Soccer Examiner

Friday, June 20, 2008

Sounders draw 0-0 with Miami at Starfire

Seattle's #13 John Fishbaugher controls against Miami FC.
(Rick Morrison photo)

Partial report from www.SeattleSounders.net:

TUKWILA -- Sooner or later, some team is going to get a ball into the Miami FC net.

On Friday night, the Seattle Sounders were not that team.

Generating more shots -- and more dangerous ones -- didn’t get the job done for the Sounders. Seattle did get a point out of the deal, however, by playing to a 0-0 tie against the Blues in front of 2,145 fans at Starfire Sports Complex.

The Blues put their sixth straight shutout into the books -- which included a 0-0 tie against the Sounders on June 1 at Miami -- ran their scoreless streak to 590 minutes, dating back to the second half of a 3-1 loss at Minnesota on May 24.

Miami's Avery John battles with Seattle's Roger Levesque.
(Rick Morrison photo)

“We were just a little rusty tonight,” said forward Josh Gardner, who had by far Seattle‘s best chance -- a header that slammed off the post at the 82:20 mark. “We had our chances, we just didn’t put one away. Give Miami credit -- they’re doing something correct.”

The point for the tie lifted Seattle (4-2-6, 18 points) into a third-place tie with Portland in the United Soccer Leagues first Division standings. Miami is 3-6-6 with 15 points.

“They’re a decent team. I saw that when we were down in Miami,” said Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer, whose team will take on Hollywood United in a second-round U.S. Open Cup game on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Starfire. “I had a conversation today with (general manager) Adrian (Hanauer) and the coaching staff and the players, and I said, ‘Don’t be surprised about this team.’ "

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