TUKWILA, WASH.- With no USSDA league games this week, the Sounders FC Academy teams each played a practice game against Surrey United U18 this weekend to stay fit. Both teams dominated, with the U16’s beating Surrey 4-1 on Saturday and the U18’s rolling to a 8-0 win on Sunday.
Saturday morning the U16’s faced the older Surrey U18 at Hazen High School. The Sounders saw goals from four different scorers, with all goals coming in the second half. Duncan McCormick led the way with the game’s first goal in the 55th minute and an assist to James Molyneux-Elliot in the 60th minute to make it 2-0. Denis Kalamar and Sam Perkins scored back-to-back goals in the 80th and 81st minute before Surrey scored to finish the game and avoid the shutout.
The U18’s dominated play from the opening kick Sunday morning at Starfire, defeating Surrey 8-0.
Both practice games should prove valuable for the teams to maintain fitness when USSDA league play resumes next weekend. Both teams will travel to Sacramento to take on the California Development Academy on February 25th. The U16’s will look to return to form after snapping a seven-match winning streak last weekend against DeAnza Force, while the U18’s look to get back on track after dropping two of their last four.