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Sounders Own (Goal) Timbers

Posted on 08 October 2012 by Kyle Alm

Seattle and Portland had the honor of closing the MLS weekend in Seattle in front of ESPN’s cameras and 66,000 fans. It doesn’t matter if Portland’s season is effectively over, they lead the Cascadia Cup coming into tonight’s match and a win against Seattle will always cover up few of this season’s shortcomings. Sounders would be faced with the possibility of slipping to 4th in the Western Conference and facing Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas, & LA Galaxy to finish the MLS, not to mention a CONCACAF Champions League match.

The recently retired Roger Levesque was awarded a Golden Scarf from the Seattle Sounders. Levesque as a player was a constant thorn in the side of the Portland Timbers from when the Sounders played in the USL. His goal against Portland in the 2009 US Open Cup is still the fastest at 48 seconds, forever immortalized in TIFO. Levesque was given a microphone and announced the Sounders lineup to the delight of the 66,452 fans minus 1,500 of the Timbers Army.

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There was a furious start to the match, both sides were up, and there were a few physical challenges between players. One challenge by Lovel Palmer, sent Christian Tiffert sprawling into the sponsor boards. Tiffert had something to say when he got up and referee Jair Marrufo had something to say back to the German, probably along the lines of “my job”, and awarded a free kick for a foul in the 10th minute. 2 minutes later Jhon Kennedy Hurtado & Bright Dike hit heads on an aerial challenge that left both players bloodied and sent to the sideline for bandaging to stop their bleeding. Both players would return to the match.

In the 25th minute Timbers gave up an own goal on a Adam Johansson cross that was played by Osvaldo Alonso and cleverly dummied by Christian Tiffert at the top right of the penalty box. Mamadou Danso scored on his own net when he stretched out to prevent the ball from getting to Montero.

Eddie Johnson added a second goal three minutes later where he found himself all alone at the top of the Timbers box, Brad Evans delivered a ball that was more than adequate to the Sounders’ leading scorer from the left wing. Sounders showed good creativity with their off the ball runs, the Timbers defense was clearly befuddled at that moment.

Portland had opportunities and saw a roughly equal time with the ball in Seattle in the first half, both sides took eight shots each, Portland had 4 on target compared to Seattle’s 2, and Seattle had a slight edge in possession 52.5% to 47.5%.

Former Sounder Mike Fucito was subbed on for Sal Zizzo to start the second half; Sounders made no changes at the half.

Montero was credited for the Sounders third goal of the match at the 62nd minute, although it was initially credited as an own-goal to Jack Jewsbury who was sliding to challenge the Colombian striker who had collected his own rebound on a shot in the 6 yard box.

Timbers brought on Eric Brunner for Mamadou Danso in the 68th minute and Eric Alexander for Darlington Nagbe in the 78th,

It would be revealed after the match that Leo Gonzalez had pulled his hamstring, and that was why he was subbed the 77th minute for Marc Burch.

There was not much left to do for the Sounders.  They didn’t exactly bunker down, but they did not try to pressure the Timbers defense as they had before the third goal was scored. Possession in the second half against Portland was in the Timbers favor 57.3% to 42.7%. Mauro Rosales and Christian Tiffert were subbed off in the 87th and 88th minute for Andy Rose and David Estrada.

Seattle further solidified their playoff standing with the 3-0 win, moving back ahead of the LA Galaxy with a game in hand and regular season finale in LA awaiting them. The Cascadia Cup is still in play for Timbers.  An outright win in Vancouver on October 21st, and they can claim the Cascadia Cup as their own.

“My imagination, this is what heaven is like, packed stadium, beat Portland 3-0.” Coach Sigi Schmid mused at his press conference, Sounders fans probably agree. If Schmid is correct, hell is probably like the Timbers Army bus ride back to Portland.

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Rookie six pack ink official contracts

Posted on 04 April 2008 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced that defender Eric Brunner, midfielder/defender Luke Sassano, midfielders David Roth and Michael Palacio and forwards Chris Megaloudis and Ricky Schramm have signed contracts to play with the team. All six players will be available for selection for the Red Bulls’ season and home opener against the Columbus Crew tomorrow evening at 7:30 PM ET at Giants Stadium (TV: Fox Soccer Channel, Spanish Radio: WADO 1280).

Brunner was the Red Bulls’ second round selection (16th overall) out of Ohio State University. The 6-4, 170-pound defender from Dublin, OH, has earned a number of accolades during his college career. The 2008 adidas/MLS Combine MVP in January, Brunner was a NSCAA All-American and All-Region First Team selection in 2007 after scoring six goals and starting in all 26 games he played.

Sassano, selected in the third round (33rd overall) of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, was the team captain for UC-Berkeley in 2007, an All Pac-10 Honorable Mention in 2005 and a Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention in 2007. Featuring in a total of 64 games (56 starts), the Orinda, CA native tallied a total of four goals and 19 assists during his four-year career for the Golden Bears.

Hailing from St. Louis, Mo., Roth, chosen in the fourth round (44th overall) of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft from Northwestern University, was a NSCAA All-American Second Team selection (2007) and a two-time NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team pick (2006-07). The 5-8, 138 pound midfielder and two-time All-Big Ten First Team member (2006-07) has scored 19 goals and 32 assists in 83 games played over his four years at Northwestern.

Palacio was selected in the second round (21st overall) in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft. He was a three-time selection on the America East First Team and was named to the All-Northeast region second team in his junior season. In 2007, the Long Beach, NY, product scored four goals and six assists for the Seawolves as they earned a 9-7-3 record. He is Stony Brook’s all-time leader in assists.

Megaloudis joined the Red Bulls on trial in January 2008. The 24-year-old from Queens, NY and Puerto Rican International attending Stony Brook University from 2004-05 before joining the Long Island Rough Riders of the Premier Development League in 2006. Megaloudis has also enjoyed a stint with the Westchester Flames. He scored his first international goal for Puerto Rico on Jan. 26, 2008 against Trinidad and Tobago.

Schramm, 22, was also invited to Red Bulls camp in January. The former Georgetown University standout started in two games for the Red Bulls reserves last year, scoring two goals. Prior to that, Schramm enjoyed a stint with the Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer Leagues Second Division in 2007. He was originally drafted by D.C. United in the third round (37th overall) of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft before being waived.

Fact File

#23 Eric Brunner
Height: 6-4
Weight: 170
DOB: Feb. 12, 1986 in Dublin, OH
Previous Club/College: Ohio State University
Hometown: Dublin, OH

#32 Luke Sassano
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
DOB: Oct. 14, 1985 in Orinda, CA
Previous Club/College: University of California-Berkeley
Hometown: Orinda, CA

#5 David Roth
Height: 5-8
Weight: 138
DOB: Dec. 4, 1985 in St. Louis, MO
Previous Club/College: Northwestern University
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

#21 Michael Palacio
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175
DOB: Aug. 29, 1986 in Long Beach, NY
Previous Club/College: Stony Brook University
Hometown: Long Beach, NY

#26 Chris Megaloudis
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
DOB: May 14, 1984 in New York, NY
Previous Club/College: Long Island Rough Riders (PDL)
Hometown: Queens, NY

#14 Ricky Schramm
Height: 5-11
Weight: 165
DOB: Oct. 26, 1985 in Elmhurst, NY
Previous Club/College: D.C. United
Hometown: Eastchester, NY

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Red Bulls Draft Defense-ively

Posted on 18 January 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls selected two Ohio-born defenders with their first two picks in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft. Dublin, Ohio native Eric Brunner was taken with the second pick in the second round (16th overall) and Huber Heights, Ohio-native Luke Sassano was drafted out of the University of California with the fourth pick of the third round (32nd overall).

Brunner is a central defender who is listed at 6’4. He played four years in college, the first at the University of Maryland. The soon-to-be 22-year old was OSU’s captain this year and even scored six goals in 26 starts. He’s apparently pretty dangerous on set pieces; Mike Lewis just informed me he scored four times off corners last season. This implies he is good in the air, which is an area where this team has been particularly deficient, especially defensively (as for offensively, think about this kid and Jozy together on corners). Jeff Agoos said he had Brunner “rated right up there” with the best defenders in the draft and that he could start this year. Apparently the team was surprised Brunner was still around and had considered trading up to take him. As a side note: Brunner has never been to New York City (or even New Jersey).

As for Sassano, he is a pretty big kid in his own right (6’1, 170) and like Brunner was captain of his college team. He played in midfield his freshman and sophomore year. Not sure what Red Bulls’ plans are for him. He’s not here in Baltimore.

Neither is David Roth, the team’s third and final pick from Northwestern University. Roth (no, his middle name is not Lee) is a midfielder who was a prolific goalscorer in four years as a starter for the Wildcats: 81 goals in 83 games. The St. Louis native was a second team all America this season.

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