Orlando,Fla. – The Sounders FC played their last of two matches at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando on Tuesday and came back from a 2-0 second-half deficit to draw the Houston Dynamo 2-2.
For the second straight game, the Sounders controlled much of the possession, but still found themselves trailing the Dynamo after a pair of goals by former USL Sounders with one by Cam Weaver and another off a scramble in front of the net by Brian Ching.
However, this time around they battled back, getting goals from Fredy Montero and Michael Tetteh to finish with the 2-2 draw.
“It’s good that we came back from 2-0 down but I thought in the first half we actually played some pretty good soccer,” head coach Sigi Schmid said. “I thought we created some good opportunities. We have got to do a better job finishing, that’s got to be better. We have also got to do a better job of not dominating and then conceding a goal at the other end of the field.”
From the opening kick, the Sounders applied pressure on the offensive side, but when Houston scored in the 11th minute the rest of the first half was more evenly played.
Seattle continued to get opportunities, but shots from Montero, O’Brian White and Osvaldo Alonso all couldn’t find their way past Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall.
Montero nearly got Seattle on the board in the 41st minute with a blast off the volley that caught the bottom of the crossbar and nearly caromed into the goal, but instead bounced down just short of the line before spinning back out into the field and the Sounders went into the half trailing 1-0.
However, Houston was able to add to their lead in the 57th minute. Francisco Navas Cobo swung a corner kick into the box and Ching knocked it into the front of the goal, but Jeff Parke and Josh Ford weren’t able to keep it out of the net and Houston took the 2-0 lead.
Seattle pulled a goal back in the 62nd minute though, when White battled into the box and was knocked to the ground for a penalty. Fredy Montero slammed it into the side of the net for the goal and the Sounders made it 2-1.
After the goal, Seattle brought on wholesale substitutions and the reserve group carried the momentum from Montero’s goal.
In the 70th minute, they were able to convert that into a goal when Tetteh scored for the first time with the Sounders FC. The rookie from UC-Santa Barbara carried the ball forward, darting through traffic, then passed off to Roger Levesque who turned into an open net, but instead passed back to Tetteh for an easy one-touch goal.
That score held until the final whistle and the Sounders moved to 2-2-2 in the preseason. They returned to Bradenton after the match and will face the University of Central Florida on Thursday.
Sounders FC - Fredy Montero (PK) 62; Michael Tetteh (Roger Levesque) 70.
Dynamo - Cam Weaver (Geoff Cameron) 11; Brian Ching (Francisco Navas Cobo) 57.
Sounders FC - Brad Evans (caution) 19.
Dynamo - Richard Edwards (caution) 22.
Sounders FC - Kasey Keller (Josh Ford 46), James Riley (Richard Martinez 63), Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Taylor Graham 63), Jeff Parke (Leone Cruz 63), Leo Gonzalez (Michael Tetteh 63), Alvaro Fernandez (Roger Levesque 63), Osvaldo Alonso (Servando Carrasco 63), Brad Evans (Jonathan Prieto 63), Steve Zakuani (Miguel Montaño 63), O’Brian White (Pat Noonan 63), Fredy Montero (Lamar Neagle 63).
Dynamo - Tally Hall (Tyler Deric 46), Kofi Sarkodie (Jordan Grey 46), Bobby Boswell (Eddie Robinson 46), Andrew Hainault (Jermaine Taylor 46), Hunter Freeman (Mike Chabala 46), Danny Cruz (Francisco Navas Cobo 46, Josue Soto 70), Richard Edwards (Lovel Palmer 46), Geoff Cameron (Alex Dixon 46, Francisco Navas Cobo 87), Brad Davis (Corey Ashe 46), Cam Weaver (Brian Ching 46), Will Bruin (Jason Garey 46).