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Andy Rose Lifts Sounders Over Caledonia

Posted on 03 August 2012 by Kyle Alm

Caledonia AIA came to Seattle for their first CONCACAF Champions League match in their history. If they were expecting a large crowd of cheering supporters that Seattle has become known for they were in for a surprise. Less than 8,000 fans showed up in Seattle to watch Seattle Sounders FC start a new CCL campaign.

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For the first 10 minutes Caledonia were able to use their speed to get up the wings to create a couple of shots and win a corner kick in the 6th minute that seemed to indicate a strategy against Sounders which they intended to use on set pieces for scoring opportunities. Brad Evans, playing at right back for Zach Scott, seemed to have some difficulty defending his wing during this time span & made a bad decision that turned into a chance for Caledonia that they were unable to capitalize on. Caledonia had the best of their chances early, they would only earn 2 corner kicks, 4 shots on goal the entire match.

Sounders were able to capitalize on their own speedy Trinidadian, Cordell Cato, who used his pace to great effect with service from Brad Evans and Andy Rose in particular. Rose was prolific, had two assists, poached a goal from his own teammate, Sammy “the goal poacher” Ochoa off of a Fredy Montero shot.

Sounders lead 3-0 at halftime, Servando Carrasco replaced Osvaldo Alonso in center midfield, and did so competently. Sounders Caledonia came out of the locker room strong for the first ten minutes but they were unable to sustain any kind of attack beyond that. Caledonia were able to get a goal back on a penalty kick awarded on a Jhon Kennedy Hurtado foul in 50th minute.

Fredy Montero chose the 56th minute to retaliate with a stupefying, and rather obvious, dive in the box in a completely unnecessary ploy for a penalty kick. The Colombian was shown yellow for simulation. Not only is it disgraceful, it’s also poor gamesmanship, first match in group play, up two goals, not a smart move.

The match would end 3-1. Caledonia did not seem ready to compete for 90 minutes in Seattle. They had spent almost an entire day travelling from Trinidad, and their brief outburst of productivity at the beginning of both halves would seem to back this up.

Their coach, Jerry Moe, seemed somewhat satisfied by how much his side had to overcome and eager to have a match that didn’t require a day’s travel. Coach Schmid was satisfied with the result and getting to rest Osvaldo Alonso for the second half in advance of the LA Galaxy coming to Seatttle. Schmid did express that they could have scored more goals, but that the 3 points in the group was what was most important.

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