Sounders U23 split weekend again

su23clearTUKWILA, WA— (club release) The tight PDL Northwest Division pushed even closer together with results from the weekend. The Sounders U23 came back to beat Crossfire on Friday night at Sunset Stadium with a 3-2 win, then played at Lane United Sunday in a bizarre affair in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday June 12th. The Sounders U23 sit at 3-3 and in third place after 6 game played. Lane United moved into second place after 7 games played and Calgary sits atop the division at 4-1-1 after six games.

The Sounders U23 went down early on Friday night at home against Crossfire after a penalty kick goal by Cameron Rohani. Crossfire then sent goal number two into the back of the net in the 55th minute off a long cross into the box. The Sounders U23 responded with Troy Peterson grabbing a goal back in the 60th minute, then it was all Sounders U23 from there. The rhythm of the game changed with the Sounders U23 maintaining possession and dominating the play. Jakob Granlund continued his goal scoring form with a goal from Guillermo Delgado in the 77th minute to level the game. Delgado then played the hero in the 83rd minute hammering home a goal to win 3-2 and complete the comeback.

With a win and momentum on their side, the Sounders U23 traveled to Eugene, Oregon to battle Lane United who has had their best start to a PDL season over three years. The game was bizarre from the opening minute as Delgado got behind the Lane United defense off the kickoff and missed what was a sure finish. On the ensuing play, Lane United marched down the field and scored in the 2nd minute of the game. In the 3rd minute, the referee decided that Jalen Crisler had fouled a Lane player at a level worthy of a straight red card. After 3 minutes, the Sounders U23 were down a goal and a man.

PDL Northwest Division

Team GP W L T PTS GF GA +/-
Calgary Foothills FC 6 4 1 1 13 13 5 8
Lane United FC 7 2 1 4 10 8 6 2
Sounders FC U23 6 3 3 0 9 9 9 0
Victoria Highlanders FC 7 2 2 3 9 11 9 2
Washington Crossfire 7 2 2 3 9 7 8 -1
Portland Timbers U-23s 8 1 4 3 6 9 15 -6
Kitsap Pumas 7 2 3 2 5 6 11 -5

Just as the game seemed crazy enough, the referee called a foul on Lane United in the penalty box for Sounders U23 in the 4th minute when Jose Aguinaga was taken down from behind. No card was issued to the Lane United player on the foul but the Sounders U23 had a penalty kick. Troy Peterson stepped up and the shot was saved by Luis Barazza. With yet another interesting decision, the referee decided a player had encroached the 18-yard box and another penalty was awarded. Peterson again stepped up and again Barazza made the save. The ball carried back into the run of play and Peterson attempted to finish with he and Barazza colliding on the play. The ball bounced back to an onrushing Andrew Wheeler-Ominiunu and he made no mistake hammering the ball home into the back of the net. After just 4 minutes of game time, we had two goals, two penalty kicks, and a red card in a game between two of the current top teams in a very tough PDL Northwest Division.

Lane United would find two more goals over the course of the game through quality dribbling displays from Matthew Coffey to win the game 3-1. Playing 87 minutes with ten men ultimately proved too much for Sounders U23 but the hardworking group had many chances on goal and to the layperson, the game may not have looked as though Lane United was up a man. The game between Sounders U23 and Lane United on June 12th was a bizarre and lesson filled night in Eugene, Oregon.

The Sounders U23 will now face their toughest weekend of the short PDL season with 3 games in 5 days starting with a home tilt against the Kitsap Pumas on Friday, June 17th. The young guns will immediately turn around to play Victoria Highlanders on Sunday, June 19th at 2pm. Both home games are at Sunset Stadium in Sumner, Washington. The Sounders U23 conclude the heavy weekend with a midweek game at Crossfire on Tuesday at Redmond high school at 7:30pm.

Tickets and information can be found at http://www.soundersu23.com.

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