Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Two from Le Toux Sounders oust Salt Lake
by Ridge Mahoney, April 29th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[U.S. OPEN CUP] Seattle Sounders FC has yet to enter its third month of official competition, yet already it has twice beaten its nearest league rival. Sebastian Le Toux, the leading U.S. Open Cup scorer the past two seasons as a USL-1 Sounder, scored two goals and assisted on two others in a 4-1 drilling of Real Salt Lake, which Seattle had beaten, 2-0, in MLS play a month ago. LeToux, normally a midfielder this season, moved up front as Seattle dismantled a RSL team featuring many regulars at the Starfire Sports Complex, the team's training site.

Le Toux converted a penalty in the 25th minute after Tony Beltran had upended Roger Levesque in the penalty area, and two minutes later took a pass from Levesque and played a ball into the middle for Sanny Nyassi to belt into the net. RSL midfielder Will Johnson scored in the 32nd minute to cut the deficit in half at 2-1 and the visitor managed to maintain that margin until halftime, only to be double-punched again shortly after halftime.

Levesque and Le Toux combined for a second time seven minutes into the second half to set up Stephen King, who blasted a shot from 16 yards out past RSL keeper Chris Seitz. Again, two minutes later, the Sounders scored when Levesque crossed a ball for LeToux to finish from just outside the goal area.

"It was nice to come back here," said Le Toux to the Seattle Times of a rowdy atmosphere generated by a full house of 3,890 fans. "It was good for me to score and to find the confidence."

The Sounders advance to meet Colorado, which topped Los Angeles in a play-in match three weeks ago, on a date to be determined. Success in this tournament hasn't been forged by the move up to MLS status.

As a USL-1 club, Seattle reached the semifinals in both the 2007 and 2008 competitions, with Le Toux netting five goals each year. Keeper Chris Eylander, the starter Tuesday against RSL, posted a 435-minute USOC scoreless streak last year and was named Player of the Tournament. Coach Sigi Schmid won the Open Cup with the Galaxy in 2001 and 2005.

New York plays San Jose Wednesday at Buck Shaw Stadium in another play-in match.

U.S. Open Play-In
April 28 in Tukwila, Wash.

Seattle 4 Real Salt Lake 1
Goals:
Le Toux (pen.) 24, Nyassi (Le Toux, Levesque) 26, King (Le Toux, Levesque) 53, Le Toux (Levesque) 55; Johnson 32.
Seattle -- Eylander, Riley, Graham, Wahl, Scott, Nyassi (Brown, 72), King, Ianni, Zakuani (Smith 65), Levesque, Le Toux.
Real Salt Lake -- Seitz, Beltran, Horst, Olave (Borchers, 46), Russell, Grabavoy, Beckerman (Alexandre, 66), Williams, Johnson (Cox, 71), Findley, Escalada (Movsisyan 57).
Yellow cards: SEA -- Ianni 19, Nyassi 71; Olave 41.
Referee: Landis Wiley
Att.: 3,890



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Business Reporter: Union teams up with Dogfish Head    
The Philadelphia Union will open to a new destination beer garden with Dogfish Head Brewery at ...
Columbus switches USL PRO affiliations    
The Columbus Crew will team up with the Austin Aztex to send players from its first ...
Lee Nguyen: Sitting back is not in Revs' DNA    
The New England Revolution tied an MLS record when it scored nine goals in its first ...
What They're Saying: Jerome Valcke    
"It is easy to destroy a reputation, it takes one second, it takes years to build ...
Champions League scenarios: 11 teams for five spots    
Eleven teams have qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League, and 11 more teams, ...
Video Pick: Bend it like Uesato    
Our favorite free kick goal of the week comes from J-League 2, where Consadole Sapporo's Kazumasa ...
Breaking down the NCAA Division I women's quarterfinals    
The NCAA Division I Women's Tournament moves into the quarterfinals with three games on Friday and ...
A back-heel sombrero from Greek boy     
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Greek youth soccer, in a game between AO Ioannina and Agia Eleousa, delivers ...
What They're Saying: Jose Mourinho    
"Obviously they must be very sad with the result but when we lose against a team ...
Report: W-League champion Pali Blues are folding    
The LA Blues won W-League titles as the Pali Blues in 2009, 2009 and 2013 and ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives