SEATTLE, WASH. - Sounders FC 2 began its 2016 USL season on Friday evening with a 1-0 home loss to Sacramento Republic FC, with the visitors scoring the match's lone goal via a second-half penalty kick. S2 continues its five-match season-opening homestand on Wednesday against Arizona United SC, with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. PT at Starfire Stadium.
After a scoreless first hour of play, referee Baboucarr Jallow signaled for a penalty in the 62nd minute on a challenge from Seattle defender Tony Alfaro. Sacramento's Thomas Stewart buried the attempt from the spot to the bottom right corner.
The two sides played to a scoreless first half, with just a shot on goal each from both sides. Forward Darwin Jones, a second-year Homegrown Player, saw an early chance in the 16th minute, but his free-kick attempt from just outside the area sailed high.
The Rave Green defeated Republic FC 4-2 in last year's USL opener, as S2 earned three points in the team's inaugural match at Starfire Stadium.
Following Wendesday's match against Arizona United SC (7:30 p.m. PT / live-streamed on Sounders FC.com), S2 continues its homestand on Sunday, April 3 at 5:00 p.m. PT. S2 season ticket packages are available now, starting as low as at $9 per match via the following link: http://sndrs.com/aju4. For complete information on S2 tickets, including single-match options, group tickets and the S2 Flex Plan, visit SoundersFC.com/S2/Tickets.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 | 0 - 1 | Sacramento Republic FC
Friday, March 25, 2016
Venue: Starfire Stadium
Referee: Baboucarr Jallow
Assistants: Mike Rottersman, Raul Sheran
Fourth Official: Jeff Arthurholtz
Weather: 52 degrees and clear
SAC - Stewart (penalty) 63'
SAC - Cazarez (caution) 60'
SAC - Thompson (caution) 67'
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC 2 - Charlie Lyon; Oniel Fisher, Tobi Jnohope, Tony Alfaro, Dylan Remick; Michael Farfan (Emir Alihodzic HT), Nathan Sturgis, Zach Mathers (Mark O'Ojong 88'); Darwin Jones, Andy Craven (Handwalla Bwana 73'), Aaron Kovar (Nick Hinds 88')
Substitutes not used: Matt Bersano, Henry Baldwin
Total shots: 8
Shots on goal: 1
Sacramento Republic FC - Dominik Jakubek; Emrah Klimenta, Derek Foran, Chris Christian, James Kiffe; Agustin Cazarez, JJ Koval, Danny Barrera, Tommy Thompson (Alfonso Motagalvan 90'); Tommy Stewart, Adam Jahn (Cameon Iwasa 80').
Substitutes not used: Evan Newton, Mike da Fonte, Ivan Mirkovic, Chase Minter, Max Alvarez
Total shots: 11
Shots on goal: 4