ORLANDO, FLA. - Seattle Sounders FC has started the Florida portion of its season preparation with a loss and a draw in training games against Major League Soccer opponents.
In a pair of games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Seattle dropped a 2-0 decision to FC Dallas on Monday and then came from behind for a 2-2 draw with Houston on Tuesday.
In the draw, the Sounders had trailed 2-0 early in the second half before Fredy Montero got them on the board with a penalty kick. Then Michael Tetteh – the team’s top draft pick this season – scored the equalizer in the 70th minute, assisted by Roger Levesque.
The comeback started when newcomer forward O’Brian White was decked in the penalty area.
“It’s good that we came back from 2-0 down, but I thought we actually played some pretty good soccer,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “I didn’t think we deserved to lose the game (Tuesday), that’s for sure. The penalty was good by O’Brian trying to shield it. Montero buries the penalty. “And then the second goal was a great combination between Levesque and Michael Tetteh.”
The goals weren’t all that pleased Schmid.
“(Osvaldo) Alonzo played very well in the first half,” he said. “I thought Leo Gonzalez was very good as well in the first half.
“(Steve) Zakuani had some key moments. There were some good one-twos from (Alvaro) Fernandez on the right side of the field. I was pleased. (Among the second group, Servando) Carrasco came in and played well for us in the middle of midfield. Obviously, Tetteh scores a great goal. We’ll get his defending better, but he’s got some instincts offensively that you can’t teach.”
The Sounders will train today at their home base in Bradenton, Fla., where they are scheduled to play training games Thursday against the University of Central Florida and Saturday against the Chicago Fire of MLS.