Sounders Secure Fifth Place with Win Against NC Fusion
Seattle Sounders FC scored a goal in each half to top North Carolina Fusion 2-0 and take fifth place at Development Academy Finals Week.
July 16, 2011
MILWAUKEE (July 16, 2011) -- Seattle Sounders FC scored on either side of halftime to secure a fifth-place finish at Finals Week during the club’s first U.S. Soccer Development Academy season. Chad Radulovich and Michael Steele scored for the Sounders while goalkeeper Trevor Larson held onto the shutout.
The game was a midfield battle, with the two units allowing little forward penetration. The first half saw the Sounders create better scoring opportunities. In the fourth minute, Jordan Thompson ran onto a ball played over the top and was able to lift the ball over goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell, but his angle was a bit too sharp and his ensuing shot was cleared off the line by a defender.
The Sounders’ only other shot on goal during the first half came in the 36th minute. A corner kick taken got to the near post, where Radulovich got a touch to it and tucked it into the side netting. The next Sounders chance would come through a penalty kick opportunity after Caldwell was whistled for a tackle in the box. Ike Crook stepped up to take the spot kick, but missed high over the crossbar.
Just two minutes later, the Sounders would add the insurance goal through a good passing sequence that got Steele into the left side of the penalty area. From a difficult angle, Steele was able to slip the ball past Caldwell before it rolled into the net eluding two sliding defenders along the way.
- U.S. Soccer Development Academy Match Report -
Match: North Carolina Fusion vs. Seattle Sounders FC
Date: July 16, 2011
Competition: 2011 Development Academy Finals Week; U-15/16 - Fifth Place Game
Venue: Pat Jones Field; Uihlein Soccer Park
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Weather: 85 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
North Carolina Fusion 0 0 0
Seattle Sounders FC 1 1 2
SEA – Chad Radulovich 36th minute
SEA - Michael Steele 73
NCF: 00-Jeff Caldwell; 2-Erik Casterline (6-Mason Billings, 71), 12-Stephen Long, 32-Alex Rosenbower, 88-Teague Arnott; 3-Sebastian Vallego (14-Craver Stamey, 53), 9-Hudson Owens (16-Sam McBride, 50), 8-Warren Marshall (19-Candido Garcia, 74), 17-Taylor Adler (18-Andrew Plant, 75); 10-Marco Sunol (15-Matthew Vlachos, 74)
Subs not used: 1-Cole Brooks
Head coach: Chris Little
SOU: 25-Trevor Larson; 14-Jacob Beck 5-Jalen Markey, 22-James Nosack, 4-Jordan Schweitzer; 10-Prince Gunderson (23-Miles Rodriguez-Nilsen, 57), 3-Jason McGlothern (7-Michael Steele, 57), 17-Stephen Bangsund (6-Michael Gallagher, 71); 19-Jordan Thompson (6-Michael Gallagher, 64), 21-Chad Radulovich (12-Ike Crook, 64), 11-Odasyn Pelogi (3-Jessie Klug, 64)
Subs not used: 00-Keenan Townsend,18-Ian Lange
Head coach: Richard McCormick
Stats Summary: NCF / SOU
Shots: 5 / 4
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 9 / 8
Offside: 2 / 3
NCF – Sebastian Vallego (caution) 48th minute
SOU – Chad Radolivich (caution) 58
Referee: Katja Koroleva
Assistant Referee 1: Jared Peeler
Assistant Referee 2: Aaron Hernandez
Fourth Official: Ben Treviño
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