Pumas edge Timbers U23, Sounders U23 rally past Crossfire

su23clearSUMNER, WA –– (Sounders U23 release) The Sounders U-23 overcame a two-goal second half deficit to defeat the Washington Crossfire 3-2 Friday night at Sunset Stadium. A wave of second half goals from Troy Peterson, Jakob Granlund, and Guillermo Delgado earned the Sounders U-23 the victory and the all important 3-points.

In the 37th minute the Crossfire were in the board first. Alex Roldan was fouled in the penalty box by Sounders defender Jalen Crisler, who despite his intentions, could not get out of the attacker’s path and took him to the ground. The PK was taken and scored by Crossfire midfielder, Cam Rohani, putting the Crossfire ahead 1-0.

Then in the 55th minute, Roldan quickly played a short corner to Junior Sanchez. Sanchez fired a left footed cross over to the far post. Crossfire forward, Stephen Macdonald was in perfect position and headed it to the back of the net, extending Crossfire’s lead to 2-0.

Just 5 minutes later in the 60th minute, Crossfire goalkeeper, Auden Schilder, had back-to-back saves right in front of his net. However, the third time was the charm for Troy Peterson, who was able to finish it for the Sounders first goal, bringing the score back to 2-1.

The Sounders U-23 found the equalizer in the 77th minute. Delgado fired a right-footed cross into the box where Granlund was running on. After touching the ball forward with his first to clear some space, Granlund unleashed a half-volley that beat Schilder and went into the net, knotting the score at 2-2.

Then in the 83rd minute, Delgado put the Sounders U-23 ahead for good. Sounders U-23 second half substitute, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, had done well up the left side and took the ball all the way to the end line. At the last second he crossed the ball across the face of the goal and Delgado hammered it home with a forceful header.

The Sounders U-23 turn around and travel to Lane United on Sunday, June 12th, then return home on Friday the 17th to take on the Kitsap Pumas.

Team GP W L T PTS GF GA +/-
Calgary Foothills FC 5 4 1 0 12 11 3 8
Sounders FC U23 5 3 2 0 9 8 6 2
Washington Crossfire 7 2 2 3 9 7 8 -1
Victoria Highlanders FC 6 2 2 2 8 9 7 2
Lane United FC 6 1 1 4 7 5 5 0
Portland Timbers U-23s 8 1 4 3 6 9 15 -6
Kitsap Pumas 7 2 3 2 5 6 11 -5

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Timbers U23 1-2 Kitsap Pumas

Kitsap_Pumas_logo.svgSALEM, OR— (Pumas release) Despite conceding a fifth-minute goal to the Portland Timbers U23, the Kitsap Pumas scored twice to reverse the deficit and win, 2-1. Forward Hamza Haddadi equalized in the 11th minute, and Mike Ramos scored a minute into the second half to give the game its final score.

Timbers forward Timmy Mueller put away his team’s first chance of the game, after Portland worked the ball down its right side and crossed into the middle. However, the lead would only last six minutes.

Pumas playmaker Jesús Sánchez slotted a ball through the Portland back line for Haddadi to run onto and finish, bringing the game back to Square One. From then, Kitsap continued to pressure until halftime but couldn’t find a second goal.

It didn’t take long to find one in the second half, though.

Ian Lange played a free kick over the top and found Ramos at the back post. The lanky forward slalomed past his defender and tucked the ball inside the far post in the 46th minute.

The match closed with the Timbers pressing for an equalizer of their own, but Kitsap stood firm in front of goalkeeper Arturo Oberto, making his first professional start.

With the win, the Pumas move to 2-3-2 on the league season, amassing five points. The PDL club now takes on MLS franchise Seattle Sounders in the Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, on Wednesday at Starfire Stadium.

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