Sounders FC 2 (5-18-5, 20 points) on Saturday had its five-game home unbeaten streak snapped with a 1-0 loss to Phoenix Rising FC (17-7-5, 56 points) at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. The loss was S2’s first in front of the home supporters in more than two months, dating back to July 8 against Reno 1868 FC. Seattle posted a 2-0-3 mark in its previous five home games.
Chris Cortez scored the lone marker of the match in the 16th minute after a long buildup. He found a loose ball inside the area and buried it past S2 goalkeeper Calle Brown to the bottom right corner of the goal. The tally was Cortez’s team-leading 16th of the season, and he now ranks tied for second in the USL in goals scored, three behind the league leader, Cameron Lancaster of Louisville City FC.
Sounders FC 2 defender Jalen Markey made the first start of his career and played the full 90 minutes, just nine days after being signed to S2’s roster. S2 saw appearances from three First Team players in Brown, Handwalla Bwana and Henry Wingo, while Khai Brisco was the lone Sounders Academy player to suit up for S2.
Sounders FC 2 returns to action on Saturday, September 22 at Rio Grande Valley FC. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. PT and the match will be live-streamed on ESPN+.
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Sounders FC 2 I 0-1 I Phoenix Rising FC
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Venue: Cheney Stadium I Tacoma, Washington
Referee: Greg Dopka
Assistants: Corbyn May, Taylor Vance
Fourth Official: Liban Ali
Weather: 58 degrees and rain
PHX – Chris Cortez 16’
SEA – Denso Ulysse 38’ (caution)
SEA – Jalen Markey 62’ (caution)
SEA – Shandon Hopeau 69’ (caution)
PHX – Gladson Awako 89’ (caution)
LINEUPS & STATS
S2 – Calle Brown; Denso Ulysse, Khai Brisco, Jalen Markey, Nick Hinds (Ibrahim Usman 75’); Antonee Burke-Gilroy, Jesse Daley; Henry Wingo (Rodrigue Ele 58’), Handwalla Bwana (David Estrada HT), Shandon Hopeau – captain; David Olsen
Substitutes not used: Jacob Castro, Sam Rogers
Total shots: 15
Shots on goal: 3
PHX – Carl Woszczynski; Saad Abdul-Salaam, Joseph Farrell, Tristan Blackmon, Amadou Dia; Kevon Lambert, James Musa; Solomon Asante, Devin Vega (Gladson Awako 58’), Billy Forbes (Shaft Brewer 67’); Chris Cortez (Kevaughn Frater 90’+3’)
Substitutes not used: Zac Lubin, Mike Da Fonte, Collin Fernandez, Evan Waldrep
Total shots: 15
Shots on goal: 5