Brad Evans converted a penalty kick in the 89th minute to give Seattle Sounders FC a 2-1 win over the Charleston Battery on Saturday in the opening round of the Carolina Challenge Cup.
The Sounders had jumped ahead in the 25th minute on an Osvaldo Alonso blast from atop the penalty area.
The Battery (USL Pro) equalized about three minutes later as Colin Falvey scored on a free kick played into the box after a foul by Alonso.
The winning kick was set up when Seattle substitute Sean Okoli, a first-year player from Federal Way, was brought down in the penalty area.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid started goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann; defenders Evans, Chad Marshall, Jalil Anibaba and Dylan Remick; midfielders Marco Pappa, Andy Rose, Alonso and Lamar Neagle; and forwards Obafemi Martins and Kenny Cooper.
Usual starting right back DeAndre Yedlin was held out with an ankle injury.
In the opening game of the doubleheader, D.C. United defeated the Houston Dynamo, 2-0.
The games were played before an announced sellout of 5,175 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C.
The Sounders have scheduled a training friendly against the College of Charleston at 7:30 a.m. Sunday to get work in for players who didn’t participate Saturday.
The club will complete the round-robin preseason tournament this week with a 2 p.m. match against the Dynamo on Wednesday and a 2 p.m. game against D.C. United on Saturday.
The Sounders open their sixth MLS season March 8 at CenturyLink Field against Sporting Kansas City.Don Ruiz: 253-597-8808 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer @donruiztnt