CASA GRANDE, ARIZ. – Sounders FC played Real Salt Lake to a 3-3 draw Tuesday in a 110-minute preseason game.
The Sounders’ goals came from one source that was familiar – franchise scoring leader Fredy Montero – and a pair of newcomers: Lamar Neagle of Federal Way and O’Brian White, formerly of Toronto FC.
Neagle opened the scoring in the third minute, sending a low shot past RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
After an equalizer by Javier Moralez, White moved Seattle ahead again following a combination of passes from Osvaldo Alonso and Erik Friberg.
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“(White) is big and strong, and once he gets a guy on his hip, it’s tough for them to get the ball off of him,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “He’s still working into his fitness – that’s why we kept him today at 30 minutes – but I think once he recovers and once his legs really get under him, I think he is going to be somebody, like I said earlier, we are going to have more joy (from) him as we move forward.”
Salt Lake pulled ahead, 3-2, on a pair of goals by Collen Warner.
However, Seattle (1-0-1) managed the draw on a Montero penalty kick after a handball in the box.
“The young guys did well against a very experienced team,” Schmid said. “They sort of held their own. We ended up scoring two goals, and we probably deserved one or two more based on the run. But it was a fair result, and we saw what we needed to see.”
Veterans Brad Evans, Leo Gonzalez, Taylor Graham, Kasey Keller, Blaise Nkufo and Pat Noonan did not play.
The Sounders will train twice today before facing the Columbus Crew in a training game Thursday in Phoenix.
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