Sounders FC suffered a 3-0 loss to Rosenborg BK of Norway on Thursday in the opening round of the La Manga (Spain) Cup.
Rosenborg scored in the second, 18th and 67th minutes.
“It’s good to play games against opponents of that quality; it gives us a chance to take a measure of where we’re at,” coach Sigi Schmid said in a Sounders release.
The Sounders used a starting lineup of Kasey Keller, James Riley, Tyrone Marshall, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Sanna Nyassi, Osvaldo Alonso, Peter Vagenas, Lamar Neagle, Fredy Montero and Freddie Ljungberg.
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Neagle, who played at Jefferson High School in Federal Way and then UNLV, was the only starter who didn’t appear with the Sounders last season.
“I thought Nate Sturgis came in and played very well in the second half for us,” Schmid said. “I thought Kasey was good in goal.”
The Sounders will continue training in Spain today and Saturday before returning to second-round play Sunday against Norway’s Stabak at 6 a.m. (PT). Stabak lost to Denmark’s FC Norsjalland, 1-0, Thursday.
Don Ruiz, staff writer
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