The Seattle Sounders’ USL team – Sounders FC 2, or just S2 – played their season opener last night, and clubbed defending USL champions Sacramento, 4-2.
I didn’t think that we played that well in the first half, but our second half performance was full of energy and directness. Andy Craven and Sam Garza both outfought the Republic CBs for a scrappy goals to take and then retake the lead, and an exciting 70th minute free kick off-the-keeper-off-the-post-off-the-keeper by Pablo Rossi effectively sealed the game. However, it was Cristian Roldan’s 89th minute stunner off the break that was most memorable. Victor Mansaray broke into space down the left and, using the outside of his right boot, hit a tremendous cross past the sprinting defenders and right into the path of Roldan, who thumped it home.
The atmosphere was loud and cheekily obnoxious. ECS showed up with flags and banners and smoke and drums and sang on and off throughout the match.
I have an inkling that the main field is a little small; either that or Charlie Lyon has a cannon for a leg. I can’t find any field dimensions reported anywhere, so it’s hard to say.