Preseason Continued in the Emerald City against MLS Powerhouse
Seattle - The plan was to lineup the best possible opponents in the preseason. At least that's what San Diego Loyal SC coach Landon Donovan wanted. He wanted to put his players in the best position and face top-notch competition. That included facing one of Major League Soccer's top clubs. Enter Seattle Sounders.
Donovan's squad made the trip north to visit the two-time MLS Cup champions Saturday for a pair of 90-minute scrimmages. SD Loyal showed quality of play in the day and night set of scrimmages as Seattle won both with 1-0 scores at Lumen Field.
Will Bruin scored in the sixth minute of the night cap affair in what was Seattle's final preseason match heading into its season opener against Minnesota United FC Friday. He put back a loose ball inside the box. Seattle nearly scored again in the 50th minute when a shot came off the post.
SD Loyal nearly tied it in the 75th minute when Tumi Moshobane smacked a shot from inside the box off the post. It was one of a handful of chances created by Donovan's team. There were also some defensive plays that stood out. Goalkeeper Trey Muse made a one-handed diving save in the 87th minute against the team he was sent from on loan to SD Loyal.
Seattle won the day game 1-0 with a 70th minute goal by its academy midfielder Juan Alvarez.
This was the second time SD Loyal faced a team from MLS this preseason. It traveled to face LA Galaxy in Carson, Calif. last month. Donovan's team's next preseason match is April 17 against Cal State Fullerton at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center.
Seattle Sounders 1, SD Loyal 0
1-0 -6th- Will Bruin (SEA)
SD Loyal -16. Trey Muse, 2. Morgan Hackworth, 4. Jack Metcalf, 5. Grant Stoneman, 6. Charlie Adams, 7. Jack Blake, 8. Sal Zizzo, 11. Tumi Moshobane, 17. Collin Martin, 21. Corey Hertzog, 29. Thomas Vancaeyezeele. Coach: Landon Donovan.
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