Jun 18, 2008, 5:51 AM
Sanna Nyassi's foul in the first half after beating a Boca Junior defender in the second 25 yards in front of the Boca Junior's goal set up a freekick attempt by Fredy Montero to earn Seattle Sounders its opener in Wednesday's international friendly.
Seattle Sounders FC took advantage of their first opportunity to break in the "electric yellow" third kits when they entertained the visiting Boca Juniors of Argentina. The flashy jerseys translated into a high-level of play between the two sides, which culminated in a first half lead taken by the Sounders. Roger Levesque cleaned up the scraps of a beautifully struck free kick by Fredy Montero in the 42nd minute.
Throughout the rest of the half Steve Zakuani and Sanna Nyassi impressed the crowd with their speed and service from the wings as they pressured the Boca Juniors defense frequently. All was not good news for the Sounders though, as midfielder Osvaldo Alonso appeared to re-injured his right quadricep in the 16th minute.
The vast substitutions of the second half did not diminish the pressure of the Seattle Sounders, as they scored twice more before the final whistle. The first was a well-composed shot by Patrick Noonan in the 64th minute, beating first defender Gaston Sauro and then goalkeeer Javier Garcia. Six minutes later Sounders substitute Michael Seamon found space in the centre of the field and struck a 35 yard shot that beat the Boca Junior's goalkeeper to the near post, that completed the scoring of the match, as the Sounders won in front of 40,122 cheering fans on a cool and calm night in Seattle
Overall the Sounders racked up 24 shots with 9 on target, while Boca Juniors managed 13 shots with only 3 on frame
Both teams now have to get ready to travel for their next matches. Boca Juniors continued their tour of the West Coast and visited Portland on Saturday. The Sounders head east to the Rockies to challenge the Rapids in Colorado.
Seattle Sounders FC regained some strut and confidence after their 3-0 win over Argentinean side Boca Juniors. Head Coach Sigi Schmid finally saw his side score multiple goals at Qwest Field against a quality opponent.