The Sounders took a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday at Stubhub Center in the final friendly of the preseason.
Seattle got two goals from midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz and two assists from homegrown forward Jordan Morris. The other goals came from Clint Dempsey and Chad Marshall, with assists from Dempsey and Brad Evans.
Even in the absence of Martins, the club retained the 4-3-3 formation it has introduced this preseason. Morris took Martins’ place on the front line alongside Valdez and Dempsey.
The midfield was composed of Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg and Ivanschitz, while the back line was made up of Tyrone Mears, Evans, Marshall and Joevan Jones in front of goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
That also projects as coach Sigi Schmid’s first choice lineup Tuesday when the club opens its CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series meeting Club America of Mexico at CenturyLink Field.
The Sounders went 1-3 in four preseason friendlies against professional sides, with the Galaxy game following 2-1 losses to Portland, Vancouver and Celaya FC of Mexico.
I got to see those three Tucson games in person and tonight’s by streaming. The players who stood out to me this preseason were Darwin Jones, Ivanschitz, Frei, Valdez and Joevin Jones.
The club will resume training Saturday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.