Monday, June 5, 2017
The Sounders U23 take a point out of weekend games
The Sounders U23 team traveled to Lane United on Friday, June 2nd to play an away game on the front end of a 2-game weekend. Lane United won the game 4-1 with a solid NW Division performance. The Sounders U23 team had given up 1 goal in four games but Lane United found the goal scoring button and pushed it four times on the young guns in green.
Casey Chubbfertal had a goal and an assist on the day with Lane United pressuring the Sounders U23 back line through the first half. Up 2-0 in the 45th minute, the Sounders U23 committed a foul on the top of the box and with a quality strike from Mattias Binder, the game was 3-0 Lane United going into the break.
The second half saw a renewed energy in the Sounders U23 squad with a 55th minute goal from Derek Johnson. The Sounders U23 pounded the Reds goal and appeared to have a hand ball call in the box that was waved off. With the Sounders U23 not able to get the second goal, Lane United grabbed a fourth goal on the night from Jordan Jones.
The Sounders U23 group jumped on the bus and traveled back into Washington to prepare for a Sunday June 4th game against the Portland Timbers U23 team at North Thurston high school in Olympia. The physical affair would see an amazing free kick from Portland’s Timur Zhividze in the 68th minute and be marred with late game tackle on goalkeeper Evan Munn.
As the Sounders U23 team worked to get the tying goal, goalkeeper Jordan Farr made saves. Both Johnson and Burke Fahling hit rockets that Farr was able to keep out of his net. In the 90th minute, a ball was knocked over the Sounders U23 defensive line and Portland striker William Spurr collided with Sounders U23 goalkeeper Evan Munn. Munn was helped from the field with a knee injury.
The Sounders U23 kept up the pressure on Farr and the Portland defense and earned a corner in extra time. The ball dropped into the box and John Dale got on the end of a scramble in the 18-yard box to grab a point from the game. The Sounders U23 and Portland Timbers U23 teams meet again next Tuesday night June 13th at McCullough Stadium in Salem.
At 3-2-1, the Sounders U23 currently sit in second place in the tough PDL NW Division. The men take on Lane United this Friday at Sunset Stadium in Sumner at 7:30pm. Come check out the future!
Sounders U23 tickets and information can be found at www.soundersu23.com.
The top developmental men’s league in North American, the PDL features over 70 teams within four conferences across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean divided into 10 regional divisions. The PDL season consists of 16 regular season matches for each team, eight home and eight away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world. For more on the PDL, visit www.uslpdl.com. Follow the PDL on Twitter at @USLPDL.
Sounders U23/Sounders Women
The Sounders U23 and Sounders Women teams are owned and operated by owners Lane Smith, Cliff McElroy, and Mike Jennings.
The Sounders U23 play in the Northwest Division of the Premier Development League (PDL) and the Sounders Women play in the WPSL. Featuring current college age amateur players with former international and professional stars, both the PDL and the WPSL provide elite amateurs the opportunity to compete while maintaining their eligibility as college student-athletes. Both the PDL and the WPSL are recognized throughout the world for providing superior competition for players, while offering affordable family entertainment for fans throughout North America. The Sounders U23 team is the direct PDL affiliate to the Sounders FC first team and USL S2 team.
Sounders U23/Sounders Women VP/GM: Darren