Sounders FC play to 1-1 tie with Vancouver in preseason training game
Ten yellow cards and one red card were issued during the 120-minute match.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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Sounders FC and rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC played to a surprisingly physical 1-1 tie in a preseason training game Monday in Casa Grande, Ariz.
There were a combined 10 yellow cards and one red card issued during the three-period, 120-minute match.
Vancouver midfielder Camilo scored the opening goal in the first minute, and Seattle midfielder Servando Carrasco had the equalizer in the 48th minute.
The Sounders' lineup to start the first period — which gave strong indications toward a starting cast for the upcoming season — consisted of goalkeeper Michael Gspurning; defenders Adam Johansson, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Leo Gonzalez; midfielders Osvaldo Alonso, Mauro Rosales, Brad Evans and Alvaro Fernandez; and forwards Fredy Montero and Mike Fucito.
Fucito left in the 29th minute due to a leg injury after a tackle from a Whitecaps defender. Seattle held Steve Zakuani, Patrick Ianni and Christian Sivebaek out "for precautionary reasons," according to the team website.
• The removal of the existing FieldTurf surface at CenturyLink Field started Monday. The installation of new turf, which features a new Revolution system and fiber, is expected to be completed in late February.
The Sounders' season opener is at home March 7 against Mexico's Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League, but team officials have indicated they're trying to schedule an exhibition at CenturyLink before then. Plans are to recycle and reuse the old turf.
• The Sounders return to Seattle on Tuesday and will stay a couple of days before taking training camp to Bradenton, Fla., on Saturday.