For the first time in 12 games, the Sounders FC U18 Academy team discovered how it feels to lose a game.
Playing at the USSDA Winter Showcase in Phoenix, Arizona, Seattle carried an 11-game unbeaten streak that saw them go 7-0-4, including a win on Saturday over South Carolina United.
That streak was halted on Monday with a 1-0 loss to Virginia Rush Auxerre in Seattle’s first defeat of the season.
Things got off to a rough start when defender DeAndre Yedlin was red-carded in the 20th minute. Even still, goalkeeper Rodney Greiling had a good day in goal, pulling off some fantastic saves. Seattle outshot Virginia 15-7, but the Rush managed a goal to walk away with the 1-0 victory.
The U16 side was led by the defense of Michael Gallagher and Ian Lange, while goalkeeper Connor Adkissonhad a solid day in goal to preserve the shutout. However Seattle couldn’t manage a goal of their own and had to settle for the 0-0 draw with Virginia Rush Auxerre.
The scorless draw moves the U16s to 7-2-2 on the year.
The two Sounders teams finish off the showcase against Lonestar FC Tuesday.
For photos from the showcase, click here.