TACOMA, WASH. – Sounders FC 2 (4-13-2, 14 points) on Thursday night scored a season-high-tying three goals and Calle Brown posted his second clean sheet of 2018 in a 3-0 victory over Las Vegas Lights FC (6-9-5, 23 points) at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. David Estrada tallied his ninth marker of the season and is now tied for third in the Western Conference in goals scored, while Federal Way native Lamar Neagle scored in his first match for S2 in the South Sound.
Midfielder Antonee Burke-Gilroy opened the scoring with a brilliant solo effort in the sixth minute to put S2 ahead, 1-0. He found space at the top of the 18-yard-box, feigned a pass to his right and chipped a shot over Las Vegas goalkeeper Ricardo Ferriño and into the back of the net. The goal was the first of Burke-Gilroy’s S2 career. Las Vegas was reduced to nine men late in the first half when Marcelo Alatorre and Carlos Alvarez were both sent off.
S2 increased the pressure offensively during the second half and was rewarded with a penalty kick in the 68th minute. Estrada, who came on as a 60th minute substitute, converted with a picture-perfect strike into the bottom left corner to extend S2’s lead to 2-0. Just four minutes later, he chipped a terrific through ball to Neagle, who extended S2’s lead to 3-0 in the 72nd minute. It was Neagle’s second S2 appearance of 2018, and the first start at Cheney Stadium. The Thomas Jefferson High School graduate is the fourth all-time leading scorer in Sounders FC history with 28 goals in nine seasons of MLS regular season play. It marked the first assist of the season for Estrada.
Brown made two saves to post his first shutout since April 21 at Colorado Springs. He has not allowed more than two goals in each of his last five starts, posting a 1.40 goals-against average in those contests.
Sounders FC 2 returns to action Saturday, August 4 on the road against Saint Louis FC. The match kicks off at 5:30 p.m. PT and is being live-streamed on ESPN+.
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Sounders FC 2 I 3-0 I Las Vegas Lights FC
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Venue: Cheney Stadium I Tacoma, Washington
Referee: Mark Allatin
Assistants: Andrew Marihart, Hunter France
Fourth Official: Joe Tompkins
Weather: 90 degrees and clear
SEA – Antonee Burke-Gilroy 2’
SEA – David Estrada (penalty) 68’
SEA – Lamar Neagle (David Estrada) 72’
LV – Marcelo Alatorre 19’ (caution)
LV – Joel Huiqui 21’ (caution)
LV – Marcelo Alatorre 45’ (ejection)
LV – Carlos Alvarez 45’+2’ (ejection)
SEA – Rodrigue Ele 57’ (caution)
SEA – Gio Miglietti 62’ (caution)
LINEUPS & STATS
S2 – Calle Brown; Denso Ulysse, Sam Rogers, Rodrigue Ele, Tony Alfaro; Jesse Daley, Gio Miglietti (Azriel Gonzalez 69’); Shandon Hopeau (David Estrada 60’), Antonee Burke-Gilroy, Ibrahim Usman (Nick Hinds 80’); Lamar Neagle
Substitutes not used: Sam Fowler, Dylan Teves, David Olsen
Total shots: 18
Shots on goal: 5
LV – Ricardo Ferrino; Rodrigo Inigo, Marcelo Alatorre, Joel Huiqui; Eric Avila, Carlos Alvarez, James Murphy (Alex Mendoza 70’), Omar Salgado (Raul Mendiola 79’), Christian Torres; Samuel Ochoa, Daniel Guzman Miranda (Daigo Kobayashi 45’)
Substitutes not used: Thomas Olsen, Marco Jaime, Juan Herrera-Perla, Juan Carlos Garcia
Total shots: 6
Shots on goal: 2