Two early goals by Mexican side Celaya FC on Tuesday night were enough to propel the Mexican side to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders FC Tuesday evening at Kino Sports Complex in Tuscon, Arizona. It was the Rave Greens third preseason loss in three games.While its was a mere preseason game, the match was supposed to be a litmus for the Sounders who were looking to see how their new 4-3-3 formation would hold up against the Mexican side who’s style of play is similar to Club America. The Sounders are slated to kick of there 2016 campaign on Tuesday, February 23 against Club America in the first leg of the 2015-2016 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal Round at CenturyLink Field.
Celaya FC started Tuesdays game on the front foot and took the early lead on a goal from Cristian Gordillo after just three minutes of play. Gordillo received a throw in pass, took one touch to position himself and deftly sent the ball to the far post past a diving Stefan Frei. The Ascenso MX side extended its lead to 2-0 in the 16th minute on goal from Victor Mañón on a long-range effort after the ball was placed into empty space just outside the area. On the approach, Mañón delivered a one-touch strike to the upper left corner of the net.
Sounder Forward Nelson forward made it 2-1 in the 54th minute when he directed a well place header just inside the right post after receiving a pin point set piece pass from Andreas Ivanschitz. The goal invigorated the Sounders attack but the Rave Green chances went begging and when all was said and done the Sounders ended up on the short side of the stick.
While he was generally pleased with his team’s overall effort, Sounders FC Coach Sigi Schimid was displeased with the teams effort in the first part of the game. “I thought the first 20, 25 minutes, we were horrible,” Schmid told SounderFC.Com after the game.” Mistake early in the game for the goal, they then hit a good (shot) on the second one, we gave away to much space early in the game but after that I thought we were the better team”.
The Sounders started the game in a 4-3-3 with second-year Homegrown Player Darwin Jones placed alongside Designated Players Clint Dempsey and Valdez to head the attack above midfielders Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg and Andreas Ivanschitz. Jordan Morris made his first match appearance for the Rave Green when he came on for Jones at the half.
The remainder of the Seattle starters came off later in the second half, with Oalex Anderson and Andy Craven joining Morris at forward in front of Cristian Roldan, Zach Mathers and Emir Alihodzic in the midfield. Charlie Lyon replaced Stefan Frei in the 76th minute along with a new backline of Michael Nelson, Zach Scott, Damion Lowe and Dylan Remick.
Sounders FC resumes its 2016 preseason presented by adidas this weekend when the club travels to Mt. San Antonio College for a week of training from February 13-18, as well as a pair of friendlies before starting the 2016 campaign on Tuesday, February 23 against Club America in the first leg of the 2015-2016 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal Round at CenturyLink Field.