TUKWILA, WASH. – Forward Irvin Parra recorded two goals and an assist as Seattle Sounders FC 2 (5-5-2, 17 points) defeated LA Galaxy II (2-7-2, 8 points) by a score of 3-0 on Saturday evening at Starfire Stadium. S2’s three goals – all scored in a torrid 13-minute span in the second half – gives S2 the season sweep over Los Dos after the Rave Green won the first meeting in April. After earning four points over the two-match homestand, S2 visits Rio Grande Valley Toros FC on Saturday, June 10 (5:30 p.m. PT / Live-Streamed on SoundersFC.com).
After a scoreless first half, S2 took the lead on Parra’s first goal of the evening. From the right flank, defender Denso Ulysse delivered a looping cross to the far side of the area, where Sounders FC Academy forward Azriel Gonzalez perched at the back post. Gonzalez sent a header in front of the goal for Parra, who redirected the ball into the net with his chest.
Eight minutes later, Parra sprang on a poor pass along LA Galaxy II’s backline, creating a two-man advantage with Saari against the onrushing goalkeeper. Parra found Saari on his left with a soft pass, which led to Saari’s empty-net goal. The goal marked Saari’s first goal of the season.
In the 73rd minute, midfielder Charles Renken jumped on a slow-rolling pass from the goalkeeper and sent a blistering cross to Saari in the middle of the 18-yard-box. The University of Tulsa product tapped a pass for Parra, who was lurking directly behind him. The forward completed his brace with a left-foot strike that extended the club’s lead to 3-0. Parra paces S2 with five goals in the 2017 USL campaign.
The club returns to action next Saturday on the road against Rio Grande FC Toros. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m PT.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 |3 - 0| LA Galaxy II
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Venue: Starfire Stadium
Referee: Baboucarr Jallow
Assistants: Joshua Haines, Cameron Siler
Fourth Official: Levi Rippy
Weather: 64 degrees and mostly cloudy
SEA – Irvin Parra (Azriel Gonzalez, Denso Ulyssei) 61’
SEA – Ray Saari (Irvin Parra) 69’
SEA – Irvin Parra (Ray Saari) 74’
SEA – Irvin Parra (caution) 37’
LA – Robert Castellanos (caution) 68’
LA – Jean Engola (caution) 70’
LA – Andre Ullrich Zanga (caution) 80’
LA – Adrian Vera (caution) 90+1'
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Tyler Miller; Denso Ulysse, Sam Rogers, Rodrigue Ele, Brian Nana-Sinkam; Lorenzo Ramos, Francisco Narbon, Ray Saari, David Olsen (Charles Renken 54’), Irvin Parra (Milo Barton 77’); Javorn Stevens (Azriel Gonzalez 59’)
Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Jamie Dimitroff, Felix Chenkam, Riley Grant
Total shots: 6
Shots on goal: 4
LA Galaxy II - Bennett Sneddon; Josh Turnley, Jean Engola, Robert Castellanos, Zico Bailey; Adrian Vera, Andre Zanga (Jake Artega 84’), Alejandro Covarrubias; Ryo Fujii (Jonathan Hernandez 72’), Justin Dhillon, Ethan Zubak
Substitutes not used: Alain Hernandez, Ian Lonergan
Total shots: 1
Shots on goal: 1