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RSL Cements Second Place in Seattle

Posted on 18 October 2012 by Kyle Alm

Real Salt Lake came to Seattle three points ahead of Sounders in the Western Conference standings. Sounders, with a game in hand, were looking to usurp their rivals with a win and draw even in the standings.

© Jane Gershovich & American Soccer News

A day removed from a return stint with the US Men’s National Team, Eddie Johnson found himself on a private charter with Nick Rimando & Kyle Beckerman on the way to Seattle. Eddie Johnson played 90 minutes in both World Cup Qualifying matches and was quite productive offensively, scoring 2 goals against Antigua Barbados & getting an assist against Guatemala. Rimando and Beckerman did not see time on the pitch for the US and although it was unlikely that Johnson would play, it was a much appreciated gesture between these two rival sides.

Zach Scott would pick up a seemingly inocuous yellow card in the 10th minute for a foul on Fabian Espindola. Scott, filling in at center back for Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, has a bit of a reputation as a rough defender, getting a caution is not out of the ordinary for him. Scott would only remain on the pitch for another 20 minutes. Javier Morales was fouled by the Sounder stalwart and promptly sent off by Ricardo Salazar for his second caution.

Sounders had started a duo of Fredy Montero & Sammy Ochoa at forward, Eddie Johnson was not available after his stint with the US Men’s National Team. Ochoa was the player who made way for an additional defender after Scott had been sent off. Sounders already had a makeshift lineup to start the match; Zach Scott was an outside back playing in, Brad Evans was filling in for Scott on the outside, Marc Burch & Jeff Parke were the only defenders in their usual positions. Andy Rose dropped into the center back role until the substition for Ochoa was made. Michael Seamon would finish the match at outside back.

At the end of the first half Montero hit a shot that looked like it hit the outstretched arm of Tony Beltran. Replays would later show that Beltran had his arm next to the body and that Salazar had gotten the call correct. RSL head coach Jason Kreis had this to say about appeals for a penalty, “what lead to that play was Montero pushing on Olave, I don’t think Seattle is the only one that can make complaints about the calls tonight.”

It is certainly a truism that a team with 10 men is likely to lose to an 11 man team and on an extended timeline keeping possession and creating scoring chances will lead to goals in a probabilistic view. In reality it is still not easy to break a team down defensively. On paper you can see that RSL did dominate possession and scoring chances and had chances late to take all three points in Seattle were it not for the herculean efforts of Michael Gspurning. Two of those saves coming in impressive fashion in stoppage time.

For RSL getting a point on the road in Seattle is no smalll feat, especially considering the place in the table. However in the end they recognize that it was a match they had the upper hand throughout and still failed to win.

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MLS Combine: Villanova’s Michael Seamon

Posted on 06 January 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The City of Philadelphia seems to rub off on people in a positive way if given the proper chance. Most people I know will have one bad experience with a city and then spend the rest of their life bad-mouthing it. Those that spend their college years here get that four years, however, and warm up to the place. Mike Seamon, Villanova Wildcat attacker and 2010 MLS Combine participant, is an example of just that. A North Jersey high school soccer standout who traveled to the Main Line to play for the Wildcats, enjoyed the city enough to test his New York Red Bulls loyalty while forging an opportunity to play in the professional ranks. Voted 1st team Big East this season in a tough conference, Seamon’s five goals and seven assists led the Wildcats. It was the fourth time in his career that he has led the team in scoring, a testament to his value in the Villanova squad. He will play on Team Predator X.

ASN Philly caught up with Mike quickly before he was off to Fort Lauderdale to make his case known at the 2010 MLS Combine. 

You’re North Jersey born but you’ve spent the last four years leading Villanova of the Main Line. So where do your loyalties lie? Red Bulls or Union?

Of course I feel strongly towards the Red Bulls and would love to get the chance to play for them but Villanova has been great to me and I have enjoyed my time here so much that playing in Philadelphia would really make me feel at home just as much as it would to play for Red Bull.

You have earned second and third team All-Big East honors the past couple years but you really stepped things up in your senior year. What did you do differently? Where did you improve?

The thing that improved mostly was my work ethic in practice. Because of the work ethic that myself and many of my teammates had throughout preseason and the regular season really prepared me better for the games.

How do you feel the season ended up?

The season ended on a low for us. We got knocked out of the Big East tournament after having the lead the whole game against Providence. After some time off and to think about how we did, the fact that we finished 4th on our side of the bracket and potentially could have finished higher was a big deal for our program. Every year I have been here we have been getting better and I’m sure that will continue.

What are your expectations heading into the Combine?

I don’t really have to many expectations going in to the combine. My main goal is to go in there and just try to play my game and hope some of the scouts like the way I play.

What are your biggest strengths, qualities that MLS coaches should pay attention to?

My biggest strength would have to be my versatility and ability to play different positions effectively.

NOTE: Since Mike’s modest – to quote college soccer guru and Pro Player Pipeline blogger Joe Mauceri, “The best player on Villanova is senior forward Mike Seamon.  He has professional potential.  His dribbling, vision, passing is outstanding.  The problem is that he doesn’t have enough support.  For example, in the 70th minute, he flipped a pass to junior midfielder Sean Mergenthal behind the defense in the box. Mergenthal’s volley was off target”

What are your plans from now until the Combine?

My plans are to try to just stay in the best possible shape I can. The worst case scenario would be that I am tired 10 minutes into the first game. Once your tired, every aspect of your game gets worse.

If things don’t go as planned at the Combine, what will you do next? Any thoughts of abroad?

Abroad would definitely be an afterthought. I don’t really want to think about it to much unless things really don’t work out in the MLS.

Have you been following the development of the Union? What’s your take on it all?

The Union look like they have made some good moves. It seems like the staff they have implemented knows exactly what they are doing and have taken the proper steps to create a winning environment.

Quickfire:

Toughest defender you have ever gone up against?

Julius James (UCONN) [NOTE: the same Julius James that plays for DC United down the road]

Best place to go in Philly?

Main Line Bars like Maloney’s and Kelly’s. I also enjoy PJ Henry’s in Ardmore.

Best player in the world at your position?

Cristiano Ronaldo

Teammate to watch out for? Which one will be in your shoes one day?

Chris Christian [soon to be senior defender from North Jersey, “strong and steady”], Kevin Garcia [a versatile defender, soon to be junior who contributed a lot in 2009]

Best memory as a Wildcat?

Upsetting #1 Duke.

3v3 game, pick your two ideal teammates…

Nick Whipple (Wesleyan’s tri-captain this season, leading them to their highest finish ever in the NCAA tournament) and Sergio Munoz (Farleigh Dickinson, creative midfielder from Linden, NJ). Both played club soccer with me for Ironbound Warriors.

We’ll keep an eye out for how Seamon does on the 8th. Mike, thanks for taking the time and we look forward to catching up with you in the future.

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