Sounders FC 2 players might have thought they were experiencing some form of crazy déjà vu as they left Merlo Field Monday night, though it was surely no dream when goals from both Sam Garza and Pablo Rossi on either side of the break had the team in a very familiar position: walking away from the pitch with a 2-0 shutout in Portland.
Not only did Monday's match see S2's keep its second shutout victory in a row, but the Rave Green jumped into a first-place tie in the USL Western Conference with defending USL champ Sacramento Republic FC (things are pretty cozy at the top). The road contest also marked the S2 debut of centerback Ashani Fairclough, who joined the club via trade on June 15. It was S2's fourth time topping T2 across all competitions, and the second time the Rave Green blanked its Cascadia Rival on its home turf.
Two shutout victories and six points in five days might have earned the team some well-deserved time off, but don't fret, I am right here with you to hand-deliver a hefty portion of this week's S2 Social Timeline, so buckle up, because you never know what to expect in the Rose City.
Already?! You betcha, for the second time in five days, it was time to get down to business.
Well hello gentlemen, it's a pleasure to see you tonight.
Ashani Fairclough makes his first appearance in the S2 lineup since joining the club on June 15! Welcome to the team, Ashani.— Seattle Sounders 2 (@SoundersFC2) June 30, 2015
It's pronounced fair-KLUFF, in case you were wondering.
It is H-O-T in Portland, that much we can say.— Seattle Sounders 2 (@SoundersFC2) June 30, 2015
Hope you brought your sunscreen.
1’ - And we are underway! Darwin and Vic kick it off and leeeeeet’s gooooooooo! LIVE: http://t.co/ELMw8LsU9K— Seattle Sounders 2 (@SoundersFC2) June 30, 2015
You gotta love that homegrown-to-homegrown connection from the beginning. #TheFuture
17’ - GARZAAAAAAAlmost had one right there. His curling shot curls a bit too much and goes wide.— Seattle Sounders 2 (@SoundersFC2) June 30, 2015
Sam was FEELING it last night. That dude likes to score, he will probably do that tonight.
29’ - Kovar again tries to take it on his right, but it is well over for a GK.— Seattle Sounders 2 (@SoundersFC2) June 30, 2015
Aaron had himself quite the night as well. He sure tried a few shots with good ol' righty.
31’ - Vic tries a cheeky outside-the-foot pass to see Garza making his run in the box, but out for an @aokovar corner.— Seattle Sounders 2 (@SoundersFC2) June 30, 2015
Hey, haven't I seen that somewhere before?
Oh yeah, that's right. What a beauty!
45’ - GOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!!! @SamGarza17 puts it away at the back post to make it 1-0!!!!— Seattle Sounders 2 (@SoundersFC2) June 30, 2015
OH MY GAAAARZAAA! His third of the year comes right before half and it's sweeeet.
That's halftime. Think they were pretty happy in the locker room?
Hey Ashani! You're looking pretty fresh in that Olympic White!
63’ - Kovar takes his third shot of the night with his right foot. He really is giving that baby some love.— Seattle Sounders 2 (@SoundersFC2) June 30, 2015
All night, the Kov was looking for goal. That guy had a good game.
67’ - Fairclough gets his first touch of the night (and his first ever for S2 ), and it’s an absolute BEAUT to take it away from Belmar.— Seattle Sounders 2 (@SoundersFC2) June 30, 2015
Picked his pocket in a dangerous area. I think he is going to fit in just fine here in Seattle.
Oh hey, Duncan. What are you-
DUNCAN TO PABLO AND WE ARE UP 2-0 FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS SEASON!
90’+ - A headed chance for T2 goes right to @Charlie_Lyon_, who is working on his fourth shutout (S2’s fifth) if the scoreline remains.— Seattle Sounders 2 (@SoundersFC2) June 30, 2015
"In the jungle, the might jungle, the Lyon earns clean sheets!" (I really can't get enough of this song)
Two shutout victories on the road have come against T2! Our house….where? #PORvSEA— Seattle Sounders 2 (@SoundersFC2) June 30, 2015
In the middle of Portland!
That would about do it for us after another dominating performance from the boys in White! Thanks for following a long, and we will see you Saturday as we travel to Vancouver to prove why America is awesome on the Fourth of July!