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Time to fire Agoos-OsorioOne supporter's letter to the front office

Posted on 30 June 2009 by ASN Staff

Dear Erik Stover,

When you are in command of people, tough and inevitable decisions must sometimes be made. A time when the benefit of the unit outweighs the benefits of the individual. That time for your “unit,” Mr. Stover, is now.

It is time to put an end the Jeff Agoos-Juan Carlos Osorio team that has run the franchise the last season and a half–for the benefit of your organization, its fans and its future. The hopes and goals of this franchise cannot and will not be fulfilled under its current course. Consider the following bullet points:

1. Consistency
I know this is something the organization craves. Many feel the constant coaching and managerial changes have crippled progress for this franchise. I happen to believe this assumption, however sticking to your guns is in itself an empty virtue. More important is finding and sticking with the gun that delivers success and progress.

The Agoos-Osorio tandem has indeed brought consistency, but consistency of the wrong kind: losing, which we can all agree is not what we are looking for. We can make excuses or deflect accountability, but the fact is that ever since your predecessor’s grand folly of poaching Osorio and appointing Agoos, this team has been in steady decline.

Mr Stover, I firmly agree in the general premise your organization wants to establish, however we need to do that with the right leadership. The merits here have shown fairly convincingly that Agoos-Osorio are not the right leadership.

2. Results
You have stated that you understand this is to be a results business. As such it is only fair to highlight the results since the Agoos-Osorio takeover. The 2008 season can really only be described as sub par. When they took over this team we had just finished third in the Eastern Conference with a capable sqaud that only really needed minor additions, primarily on defense.

In 2008, Osorio’s team finished with 39 points, which places them well in the bottom half historically for this franchise, and fifth place in the East. Osorio’s first season with New York saw him turn in a worse performance than 2007 by two places in the table and four points.

Yes, we all know about the playoff run, but that string of (really just two) results were very out of character for this team, as evidenced by this year’s performace.

In 2009, the table doesn’t lie. This is statistically the worst season in the history of the franchise–yes, at the current pace even worse than the crippling 1999 season.

Osorio’s overall record in league play since taking control: 12-23-13. Yes, Osorio has lost twice as many games as he has won and even drawn more games than he was won. That equates to a 1.02 points-per-game total.

Where does that rank amoung Metro/Red Bull coaches all time? Only behind Bora in 1999.

3. Player Signings
There are few ways for a coach to more effectively influence a team than in crafting its roster. The success both long term and short term of a club is directly tied to the talent the coach identifies and signs. To this end, we can not pretend that Agoos and Osorio are doing the job.

Pietravallo, Rojas, Cichero, Smith, Pacheco, Johnson, etc. These players have all failed in Major League Soccer and with our team. As a result of the scouting and signings, this team has become crippled with sub standard talent.

Either the players are not up to par, or the coach is not utilizing them properly. In any event, the blame here falls directly on the shoulders of the Agoos-Osorio team.

I could go on (and on), but i think it’s best to leave it at this. There are a lot of people in your organization whose jobs are on the line, maybe even your own. This coaching deficiency is making everyone’s job harder and vulnerable. At this point the only wise and prudent course is to make the tough decision and give Agoos and Osorio their walking papers before they do any more permantant damage to this team. (Getting knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League comes to mind)

We need to have Ritchie Williams take over as interim coach while we identify potential replacements. Those replacements should be on board by this fall so they have plenty of time to shape the team for next season.

In the end, there is no justifiable reason for keeping Osorio and Agoos any longer. They have had plenty of chances to make right and have failed with all of them. I know that firing people is hard, that you may like them as individuals and may not want to do it for any number of other reasons–but there are also a lot of other people with careers who are counting on you too, who will lose their jobs as well if the team continues its current course. You have a duty to the organization and to its fans to do what is right and what is best for the franchise.

A supporter

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Time to fire Agoos-Osorio:One supporter’s letter to Red Bulls management

Posted on 30 June 2009 by ASN Staff

The Red Bulls are in shambles and calls for Juan Carlos Osorio’s head are nothing new. But patience is wearing thin with the team’s supporters, one of whom penned this letter to Red Bulls general manager Erik Stover, calling for the removal of both Osorio and Red Bulls technical director Jeff Agoos.

We reprinted it here with his permission.

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Rally to tie Germany, 2-2

Posted on 30 June 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fell behind by two goals in the first 10 minutes of its match against Germany before scratching back into the game with two goals of its own, the equalizer coming with just five minutes left from forward Sydney Leroux. The match concluded a nine-day training camp in Germany as the U.S. played both England and Germany as their opponents prepare for the UEFA Under-19 Championship in July.

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goalscorer(s) Location
June 22 England 4-1 W Leroux, McCarty, Hayes (2) Flensburg, Germany
June 26 Germany 2-2 T McCarty, Leroux Hamburg, Germany

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U-14s conclude Jersey training

Posted on 30 June 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. U-14 Boys’ National Development Program concluded its domestic training camp in Zarephath, N.J., home of U.S. Soccer Development Academy club PDA. Head coach Manny Schellscheidt has named 36 players who arrived in New Jersey on June 21 and continued training throughout the week. Head coach Manny Schellscheidt gathered 36 players that trained twice per day, with several friendlies against local clubs in the afternoons. It was the final U-14 event for players born in 1995, as the MegaCamp in August will begin a year-long cycle of players born in 1996. The ’95s will move up to the U-15 level and head coach Jim Barlow. In recent years, the United States’ play at the Youth National Team level has confirmed its status as the top youth nation in CONCACAF and one of the most improved in the world. In August of 1997, U.S. Soccer started the U.S. Under-14 National Development Program, knowing that to continue to compete with the elite countries on the international level, the U.S. would have to build a base of soccer players from the youth level up. The Under-14 program introduces young players to a level of soccer they would not otherwise see at such a young age and allows the country’s top youths the chance to experience soccer at its highest level and in an international setting.

U-14 Roster By Position:

(4): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls Academy; Union City, N.J.), Jonathan Davis (North Meck SC; Gastonia, N.C.), Arthur Eggers (CESA; Moore, S.C.), Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado; Highland Ranch, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (ASG Gold; Allen, Texas), Russell Canouse (New York Red Bulls Academy; Lancaster, Pa.), Feliciano Charles (Chivas USA Academy; Grand Prairie, Texas), Dylan Greenberg (Dix Hills; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar SC; Roanoke, Texas), Matthew Habrowski (Force FC; Berkeley, Mich.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls Academy; Clifton, N.J.), Vincent Reyes (LAFC Chelsea; West Covina, Calif.), Christian Sady (New England Aztecs; North Adover, Mass.)
(14): Michael Chang (Sockers FC; Highland Park, Ill.), Nicholas Gaitan (Albertson SC; Oceanside, N.Y.), Spencer Hambleton (PDA; Scotch Plain, N.J.), Emerson Hyndman (Dallas Texans; Plano, Texas), AJ Jeffries (Chicago Fire Juniors; Downers Grove, Ill.), Shane Kronick (New York Red Bulls Academy; Westfield, N.J.), Emilio Lopez (Madison FC; Madison, Wis.), Antonio Murillo (Brazil FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (New York Red Bulls Academy; Clifton, N.J.), Zachary Pfeffer (FC DELCO; Dresher, Pa.), Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Christian Rodriguez (LMVS Hawks; Alexandria, Va.), John Toher (New York Red Bulls Academy; Blauvelt, N.Y.), Travis Wannamuehler (Evansville, Ind.; FC Evansville)
FORWARDS (9): Martin Arrieta (LAFC Chelsea; Pasadena, Calif.), Paul Arriola (Chula Vista Rangers; Chula Vista, Calif.), Nicko Corriveau (Bethesda SC; Potomac, Md.), Michael Gray (Las Vegas SC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kevin Labastida (Fullerton Rangers; Fullerton, Calif.), Kennedy O’Shea (D.C. United; South Riding, Va.), Devonte Small (Dallas Texans; San Antonio, Texas), Antonio Velazquez (Neusport Green; Las Vegas, Nev.), Henry Wingo (NW Nationals; Lake Forest Park, Wash.)

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Break camp in Carolina

Posted on 30 June 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team has wrapped up two-consecutive training camps as players depart today from Greensboro, N.C., site of the Development Academy Playoffs. Head coach Wilmer Cabrera and his staff worked with 30 players from June 21-29. Of the 30 players in Greensboro, four were not been a part of the team’s Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. The four players, Keith Cardona, Victor Chavez, Marquez Fernandez and Riley Wolfe, all participated in the Development Academy Select Teams that played against the U-17 MNT at the Spring Showcase over Memorial Day weekend. All 30 players in the camp were born in 1992 or 1993, with the exception of forward Alfred Koroma, who was born in 1994. Each player is eligible for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is slated for Nigeria from Oct. 24-Nov. 15.

U-17 Roster By Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Keith Cardona (NY Red Bulls Academy; Glen Rock, N.J.), Earl Edwards (La Jolla Nomads; San Diego, Calif.), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (10): Michael Ambrose (Texas Fire; El Paso, Texas), Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Baltimore, Md.), Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard, Calif.), Tyler Polak (Capital Soccer Academy; Lincoln, Neb.), Jared Watts (North Meck Storm; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Sean Davis (Match Fit Chelsea; Holmdel, N.J.), Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Ducanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; South San Francisco, Calif.), George Malki (SC Delsol Extreme; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.), Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.), Erik Stephenson (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Riley Wolfe (LA Galaxy Academy; Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (7): Juan Agudelo (NY Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Alfred Koroma (Solar SC; Southland, Texas), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gotschee; Huntington, N.Y.)

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Beat Egypt on Diskerud goal

Posted on 30 June 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated Egypt 1-0 behind a Mikkel Diskerud goal and a Brian Perk shutout in the first of two friendlies against the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup hosts. The team is also getting accustomed to the climate, weather and atmosphere of the FIFA U-20 World Cup which will take place from Sept. 24-Oct 16. Diskerud – who joined the team on Thursday – started the play that led to a goal by taking a restart to Tony Taylor. Taylor slipped the ball back to the Stabak midfilder and he was in alone on goal, finishing low past Mohamed Abou Gabal for the game’s only goal. Taylor also made his presence felt on Monday, netting the game-tying goal by converting a 52nd minute penalty kick.

Under-20 Men’s National Team Results

Date Opponent Result U.S. Goalscorer(s) Location
June 27 Egypt 1-0 W Diskerud Alexandria, Egypt
June 29 Egypt 1-1 T Taylor Cairo, Egypt

U-20 Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Gale Agbossoumonde (unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Zarek Valentin (PA Classics; Lancaster, Pa.) Matt Weit (Columbus Crew Juniors; Columbus, Ohio), Sheanon Williams (unattached; Boston, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabak; Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Dillon Powers (Andromeda; Plano, Texas), Gerardo Saavedra (Mequon SC; Milwaukee, Wis.), Michael Stephens (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.), Andrew Wenger (PA Classics; Lititz, Pa.)
FORWARDS (3): Sam Garza (Denver; Highland Village, Texas), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.) Tony Taylor (Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Fla.)

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One year ago in American Soccer News

Posted on 30 June 2009 by ASN Staff

A goal by Kenny Cooper gave FC Dallas a 1-1 draw at Houston Dynamo and clinched El Capitan, the cannon awarded to the winner of the season series between the Texas rivals, for FCD (ASN, June 29, 2008). The game was Dallas’ second under coach Schellas Hyndman. The teams drew three times last season but FCD took the trophy by outscoring Houston in road goals.

This season, the battle for El Capitan was much more one-sided. Houston won the first meeting between the two sides on May 10 and clinched the cannon with a 3-1 win at Pizza Hut Park on June 16. The teams’ fortunes have been divergent elsewhere as well; Houston leads the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings with 28 points from 15 games, while Dallas is second-to-last in the West with 14 points from the same number of matches.

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Sounders kick off second half of season with 3-0 win

Posted on 29 June 2009 by nschiffler

The Seattle Sounders needed a big win going into the second half of the MLS season. And they got it in the same fashion as they began the first half – with a resounding 3-0 victory.

This win will be all the better because the opponent, the Colorado Rapids, are the closest team to the Sounders in the Western Conference standings. But Seattle widened the gap between the two sides on Sunday afternoon, thanks to three goals from their increasingly productive forward tandem. Nate Jaqua scored twice and Fredy Montero once, with each assisting on the other’s goals.

However, it was the Rapids that started brightest. In the 3rd minute, some Seattle confusion in the defense set up Colin Clark with an open one-on-one look from very close range that Kasey Keller smothered, and the rebound was cleared from danger. Despite this early chance, Seattle created multiple opportunities within the first quarter of an hour, with a few close range set pieces and corner kicks. In the 21st minute, one of these corners was converted for the Sounders’ first goal. Freddy Ljungberg swung in a very dangerous ball that Jaqua put on frame with a powerful header, and Montero was in the right place at the right time and redirected it into the net for the lead.

The best early chances for both sides were coming off of set pieces. Another foul near the Colorado goal set up a free kick for Ljungberg, and his dipping shot was headed for goal before Pickens tipped it just over the bar. Then in the 33rd minute, Colin Clark forced a dubious free kick outside Seattle’s area, which he hit directly into the wall – specifically, into the forearm of Osvaldo Alonso. After consulting with the linesman, the referee awarded Colorado a penalty. This drew a huge amount of protesting from the Sounders. Keller was infuriated, barking at the referee and motioning repeatedly for the supporters behind his goal to voice their disapproval. Eventually, Omar Cummings would step up to take the penalty. Miraculously, he clanged it against the post and the rebound was swept out of play, causing about 32,000 sighs of relief. It was a narrow escape for Seattle.

Even without the penalty, the Rapids were the most dangerous team in the latter part of the first half. Multiple times they worked the ball into the penalty area, only to take a bad shot or fail to get a shot off at all. When the first half whistle came, the Sounders were probably a bit lucky to have the lead, because the match up to that point had been slightly in favor of the Rapids. Colorado had more opportunities, but the Sounders had been able to capitalize on theirs.

Seattle then came out on all cylinders to begin the second half, and doubled their advantage in the 48th minute. Getting the ball in the box on a throw-in, Jaqua did extremely well to keep the ball while holding off 3 defenders. He maintained possession long enough for Montero to arrive, and played a one-two with his strike partner before rolling it past a helpless Pickens. It was a great piece of individual tenacity and effort by Jaqua, who was having an outstanding day and deserved both of the goals he scored. After the goal a little bit of the life went out of the Colorado attack, and for the next quarter of an hour or so neither team did anything particularly dangerous. The only real drama was how much Colorado’s Nick Labrocca could pull the shirts of Sounders players without getting booked.

Sebastien Le Toux came on in the 67th minute. And he immediately found himself involved in the attack, receiving the ball in midfield with acres of space in front of him and no Rapids interested in defending. Running at the defense, he played a ball across and into the penalty area, which Montero expertly touched ever so slightly to slow it down. The ball rolled directly to an onrushing and unmarked Jaqua, who made no mistake with his strike to give the Sounders a 3-0 lead. Colorado were completely finished, and the capacity crowd – with more fans packed into the stadium than any other game this season – were jubilant.

Seattle weren’t done attacking. By this point the Sounders were confident enough to try out a Barcelona-style 4-3-3 lineup, with Le Toux as the third forward. And it nearly led to Jaqua’s third goal. In the 85th minute he broke free from the defense, but he touched the ball a little too far in front of himself and his effort was smothered. Le Toux gathered the rebound but was unable to finish.

Towards the end Seattle’s defenders collectively fell asleep, and Colorado had a golden chance to salvage some pride, but Cummings blazed well over the bar from about 10 yards out. The badly missed chance neatly summed up his night, and shortly after the whistle would blow. It was an outstanding win for the Sounders, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The scoreline didn’t reflect how close the first half was, but it was a comfortable win nonetheless, and it puts some much needed ground between Seattle and their Western Conference rivals.

Player Ratings (scale of 1-0 with 10 being highest)

Nate Jaqua – 8
All game long he was winning almost every ball from his defender. Had a great header on the assist of Montero’s goal, fabulous play on his first goal and good finish on his second. His best game of the year.

Fredy Montero – 7.5
Doing better to hold the ball and was being creative in finding teammates. Had another very strong all-around game.

Freddy Ljungberg – 7
Very good set pieces, which was a nice change from some of Seattle’s earlier games. At times he got too pulled in the middle, leaving Wahl to defend on his own, but his excellent ball distribution and passing made up for it.

Brad Evans – 5
Had more than a few uncharacteristic turnovers, and was visibly frustrated with himself after his mistakes. Probably just an off-day.

Osvaldo Alonso – 6
Although he had to come off due to injury partway through the first half, he didn’t make a huge impact in his limited time on the pitch. Didn’t make any or many mistakes though.

Sanna Nyassi – 6
In a rare start, he had a very good workrate, but not a lot of accuracy with many of his passes. He did defend more than he has before, though, and didn’t look overmatched on the pitch at all.

Tyson Wahl – 5.5
Got outpaced down the wing a little, but he didn’t have much defensive help – almost all of Colorado’s dangerous crosses came from his side. Not that they came to much of anything.

Tyrone Marshall – 6.5
He was clearly slower than some of Colorado’s attackers, but he defended intelligently and didn’t get caught out at all.

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado – 7
Had many good clearances, and dealt with Cummings well by using his strength to his advantage. He’ll often make one or two big mistakes, but he made none today.

James Riley – 5.5
He didn’t have a whole lot of defending to do on his side, and did get troubled a couple times.

Kasey Keller – 7
Had a very good save to open up the game. There was a lot of pressure and mayhem with Colorado in the box, especially in the first half, and he dealt with it well.

Patrick Ianni (sub) – 6.5
Did good job winning headers over bigger players. There was little noticeable drop-off in central midfield when he replaced Alonso, which is high praise.

Sebastien Le Toux (sub) – 6
Colorado gave him space to attack and he obliged, getting an assist with nearly his first touch.

Pete Vagenas (sub) –
Wasn’t on long enough to receive a rating. Didn’t really do anything.

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Galaxy end Dynamo 11-game unbeaten streak

Posted on 29 June 2009 by iyeo

It is assumed that in all sports that if a team loses, the head coach is usually the first in line to assume the blame for the loss.

Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear went a long ways toward reinforcing that theory on Sunday night, as one strike off a corner kick resulted in Houston’s first loss in almost three months, as the Galaxy dealt a Dynamo a 1-0 defeat at the Home Depot Center.

“The story of the game was the set piece and a lot of it had to with me and the way I coached it,” Kinnear said.

The loss ends an 11-match unbeaten streak for the Dynamo, though it still holds possession of first place in the Western Conference while the Galaxy snap a brief two-match losing streak, and with the MLS season officially at the halfway point, at least for the Dynamo and the Galaxy, enables Los Angeles to keep pace in the playoff chase.

“A tough game and a blue-collar game,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. “There’s nothing wrong with getting a goal, defending and getting three points.”

The decisive strike came in the 24th minute. Following a corner kick, midfielder Mike Magee sent a low cross that somehow found its way past a crowd in the box and found its way to a wide open Todd Dunivant, who got enough of a touch to guide the ball into the net for his first goal of the season.

“I put a lot of blame on myself for the goal we gave up,” Kinnear said. “It was my decision to pull my guy off the two guys marking the corner kick and therefore, we got exposed.”

Hoston didn’t show much life offensively in the first half, as the Dynamo attempted just one shot. Things did improve in the second half for the Dynamo, though not by much. Houston though did have two great looks at goal off corner kicks in the closing minutes which could’ve stolen the win if not for the effort of Galaxy keeper Donovan Ricketts.

The first came in the 88th minute, when midfielder Stuart Holden sent in a corner kick that was headed by forward Brian Ching towards goal, but Ricketts caught the ball just short of the goal line. Then in the 90th minute, another Holden corner went to forward Cam Weaver, who let loose a point-blank shot, but an alert Ricketts deflected the shot away from goal, and Buddle later cleared the ball out of the box.

“I don’t think our box play and our wide play were as good as we wanted it to be,” Kinnear said.

The Dynamo (8-3-4) will look to rebound on July 4, as it travels to Kansas City to face the Wizards, while the Galaxy (3-3-9) will be spending its Independence Day looking for its first win in almost four years against the visiting New England Revolution.

Match Facts

Houston Dynamo (8-3-4) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (3-3-9)
June 28, 2009 — The Home Depot Center

Scoring Summary:
LA — Todd Dunivant 1 (Mike Magee 4) 24

Houston Dynamo — Pat Onstad, Richard Mulrooney, Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, Mike Chabala, Brian Mullan (Dominic Oduro 75), Brad Davis, Stuart Holden, Corey Ashe, Brian Ching, Kei Kamara (Cam Weaver 73),

Substitutes Not Used: Ade Akinbiyi, Tally Hall, John Michael Hayden, Julius James, Craig Waibel

Los Angeles Galaxy — Donovan Ricketts, A.J. DeLaGarza, Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez (Tony Sanneh 62), Todd Dunivant, Jovan Kirovski, Mike Magee, Stefani Miglioranzi, Eddie Lewis (Chris Klein 84), Edson Buddle, Alan Gordon (Bryan Jordan 72),

Substitutes Not Used: Leonard Griffin, Kyle Patterson, Josh Saunders, Josh Tudela

Misconduct Summary:
HOU — Mike Chabala (caution; Tactical Foul) 54
HOU — Bobby Boswell (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 56
LA — Edson Buddle (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 56
HOU — Geoff Cameron (caution; Reckless Tackle) 81
LA — Mike Magee (caution; Reckless Tackle) 89

Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee’s Assistants: Corey Rockwell; David Bragg
4th official: Kevin Stott
time of game: 1:50
attendance: 17,938
weather: Clear -and- 68 degrees

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Jaqua, Sounders put Rapids to the sword

Posted on 29 June 2009 by ASN Staff

Nate Jaqua and Fredy Montero combined on all three Sounders goals, with Jaqua scoring two, and Seattle had no problem seeing off the Colorado Rapids at Qwest Field on Sunday afternoon.

Full match report and Sounders player ratings.

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