COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – Seattle Sounders FC 2 (10-6-3, 33 points) earned a point on the road Saturday after a 1-1 draw with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (10-6-2, 32 points). Switchbacks FC opened the scoring in the first half with a goal from Aaron King, but S2 equalized with Sérgio Mota’s second goal of the season, assisted by Aaron Kovar. The point moves S2 into a first-place tie with LA Galaxy II for the top of the USL Western Conference.
Colorado Springs found the net first early in the match with a ninth-minute goal from King. After a corner kick was cleared out by the S2 defense, Colorado’s Jordan Burt sent a cross into the box that found an unmarked King whose header gave the home side a 1-0 lead.
A minute after entering the game at the hour mark, S2 forward Oalex Anderson carried the ball up to the edge of the Switchbacks FC penalty area and cut his pass back to the top of the box to find Kovar. Kovar slid a through ball to find Sérgio, who put a shot past goalkeeper Samir Badr at the near post for the equalizing goal.
Sérgio was issued a straight red card in the 88th minute, forcing the Brazilian to miss S2’s series finale on July 24 against Portland Timbers 2 at Starfire Stadium (7:30 p.m. PT / SoundersFC.com).
Seattle Sounders FC 2 |1-1| Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Venue: Sand Creek Stadium, Colorado Springs, Colo.
COS – Aaron King (Jordan Burt) 9’
SEA – Sérgio Mota (Aaron Kovar) 61’
COS – Shintaro Harada (caution) 38’
SEA – Damion Lowe (caution) 45’
COS – Kley Bejarano (caution) 51’
SEA – Sérgio Mota (ejection) 88’
COS – Rony Argueta (caution) 90’
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Saif Kerawala, Giuliano Frano, Nick Miele, Damion Lowe, Andrés Correa (Pablo Rossi 62’), Duncan McCormick (Lorenzo Ramos 70’), Micheal Azira, Aaron Long, Aaron Kovar (Nate Tongovula 85’), Sam Garza (Oalex Anderson 60’), Sérgio Mota
Substitutes not used: RJ Noll, Kasey French, Diego Silvas
Total shots: 11
Shots on goal: 6
Corner kicks: 4
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC – Samir Badr, Jordan Bart, Kareem Smith, JJ Greer, Kley Bejarano, Rony Argueto, Shintaro Harada (Saeed Robinson 66’), Luke Vercollone, Mike Seth, Aaron King (Marty Maybin 80’), Miguel Gonzalez
Substitutes not used: Devala Gorrick, Davy Armstrong, Nate Robinson, Kevin Durr, , Jamie McGuinness
Total shots: 7
Shots on goal: 3
Corners kicks: 5