Fucito leads win, but leaves hurt

SEATTLE - Sounders FC played a Wednesday night game at Qwest Field that was meaningless to them in the CONCACAF Champions League group standings. However, coach Sigi Schmid pointed out in advance the game wouldn't be meaningless to the players - most of whom would be reserves eager to prove themselves worthy of more playing time.

Stepping up most convincingly was second-year forward Michael Fucito, who scored both goals in Seattle’s 2-0 win over Marathn of Honduras.

And while the result did little for the Sounders (1-4), who went into the game knowing they were mathematically unable to advance, it meant much to Marathn (2-3), which stands one point behind Saprissa in the race for one of the two Group C spots that will advance to the knockout rounds.

In the 21st minute, defender Adolfo Machado misplayed a ball at the top of the penalty area. Fucito swiped it, made one touch into the box, and then beat goalkeeper Orlin Vallencillo.

Fucito stuck next in the 68th minute, this one on a free kick from a few yards atop the penalty area. However, Fucito soon after left the pitch with what was later diagnosed as a left ankle sprain.