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Seattle Soccer Examiner

Seattle Soccer Examiner

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sounders spend Sunday looking at Tuesday

from www.SeattleSounders.net
(Blaine, Minnesota) – The Seattle Sounders fell to the Minnesota Thunder 3-1 Sunday evening in the final match before the U.S. Open Cup semifinal against the Charleston Battery.

Jason Cascio’s first career goal was offset by two Ricardo Sanchez goals and a goal from Thunder forward Melvin Tarley.

Seattle now travels to Charleston for the Tuesday night match to determine who moves on to the final; with a win, the Sounders will host the U.S. Open Cup final at Qwest Field. Kick-off in Charleston is set for 4:30 pm; catch all the action live on USLlive.com.

The loss snapped the Sounders three game win streak in league play but the team remain in sole possession of fourth place in the USL-1 standings as the season starts to enter into its final month. The top seven teams in the league make the USL-1 playoffs.

Seattle rested many starters and brought out a lineup full of young talent on Sunday. Regular starters Sebastien Le Toux, Kevin Sakuda, Danny Jackson, Chris Eylander, Youssouf Kante, and Zach Scott all sat as Nik Besagno, Ciaran O’Brien, Kevin Forrest, Jason Cascio, Andre Schmid, and John Fishbaugher featured in their place.

An open and action packed first half saw two goals scored and three goals called back.

#14 Jason Cascio scored his first pro goal as Seattle fell 3-1 in Minnesota.

Seattle opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Forrest, making his first start on the season, came running down the left side and sent the ball across the field perfectly to Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar who passed in the Andre Schmid who heeled it over to Jason Cascio who buried the open shot. The goal was Cascio’s first professional goal.

Alen Marcina answered a minute later but the goal was ruled offsides.

The game was up and down for the rest of the half. Ciaran O’Brien, getting his third start after being loaned to the Sounders from the Colorado Rapids on July 28, conducted the action in midfield well and the Sounders looked certain to score again on many occasions.

In the 20th minute O’Brien did score off a set piece from Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar but the goal was called back due to a foul from O’Brien.

The Thunder didn’t stay silent for long and Melvin Tarley grabbed the equalizer in the 26th minute. The goal started when Tarley got free on the right side of the 18 yard box and fired the ball in. Dragavon did well to save the effort but the ball deflected right to Tarley who steady himself and passed the ball into the back of the net.

Marcina had his second goal called back in the 43rd minute on another offsides call and the sides went into the half tied at one goal a piece.

The Sounders subbed in a few first team regulars at the restart but failed to gain any momentum and when the Thunder grabbed the lead in the 55th minute, Seattle was never able to recover.

Ricardo Sanchez put the game out of reach in the 76th minute in one of the best goals of the year. A foul by Kevin Forrest set up a free kick from 40 yards for the left footed Sanchez who stepped up to the kick and bent the effort into the top left corner.

See also: ProstAmerika.com match report

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