TACOMA, WASH. – Sounders FC 2 (3-10-2, 11 points) controlled possession by a 66 percent margin on Thursday evening, with goalkeeper Calle Brown saving his first penalty kick of the season, but the home side fell to the visiting Swope Park Rangers (9-4-4, 31 points), 2-0, at Cheney Stadium.
Swope Park took an early advantage in the 10th minute when Felipe Hernandez received the ball just beyond the 18-yard-box, flicked it off the ground and volleyed it into the near side of the net to give Rangers a 1-0 lead. S2 created plenty of chances in the first 45 minutes, with three shots, three corners and owned the majority of possession, but were unable to find an equalizer.
Swope Park had an opportunity to extend its lead in the 60th minute, but Brown instinctively dove to his right, parried Hadji Barry’s shot wide and kept the first penalty attempt he had seen all year out of the back of the net. Rangers were awarded another penalty in the 65th minute and Barry converted it to make it 2-0 Swope Park.
S2 continued to dominate possession and created constant pressure during the final segment of the match, but the home side couldn’t capitalize.
Two Sounders Academy players got starts for S2 — midfielder Gabe Threadgold and fullback Khai Brisco. Jesse Daley maintained the central midfielder role after assisting on two goals against LA Galaxy II on Sunday.
S2 returns to action this Sunday, July 8 against Reno 1868 FC (1:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+). It marks the second meeting of the season between the clubs, as they played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, May 19 in Reno.
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Sounders FC 2 I 0-2 I Swope Park Rangers
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Venue: Cheney Stadium I Tacoma, Washington
Referee: Joseph Dickerson
Assistants: Seth Martin, Joshua Haimes
Fourth Official: Levi Rippy
Weather: 75 degrees and partly cloudy
SPR – Felipe Hernandez (Parker Maher) 10’
SPR – Hadji Barry (penalty) 65’
SPR – Matheus Silva 21’ (ejection)
SPR – Colton Storm 33’ (caution)
SPR – Matthew Lewis 53’ (caution)
SEA – Ray Saari 64’ (caution)
SPR – Eric Dick 90’+1’ (caution)
LINEUPS & STATS
S2 – Calle Brown; Denso Ulysse, Francisco Narbon (Gio Miglietti 23’), Rodrigue Ele, Khai Brisco; Antonee Burke-Gilroy (Ibrahim Usman 72’), Ray Saari – captain; Shandon Hopeau, Jesse Daley, Gabe Threadgold; David Estrada
Substitutes not used: Sam Fowler, Sam Rogers, David Olsen, Nick Hinds
Total shots: 10
Shots on goal: 0
SPR – Eric Dick; Colton Storm, Matthew Lewis, Dakota Barnathan, Parker Maher; Matheus Silva; Tyler Blackwood, Felipe Hernandez, Chase Minter (Will Little 82’), Hadji Barry (Sean Karani 90’); Wilson Harris (Roman Knox 45’)
Substitutes not used: Darrin MacLeod, Sebastian Cruz, Jahon Rad, Kaveh Rad
Total shots: 11
Shots on goal: 4