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
Messi shows his stuff in Seattle [VIDEO]
by Paul Kennedy, August 6th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[BARCELONA TOUR]
Argentine Lionel Messi showed a record Seattle soccer crowd of 66,848 at Qwest Field why he is the best player in the world at the moment, scoring two first goals to lead Barcelona to a 4-0 win over MLS's Sounders.

Messi showed what happens when Barca is given acres of space, as the Sounders did on the first two goals.

With plenty of room outside the penalty area, Messi beat Seattle keeper Kasey Keller in the 21st minute with a shot from 20 yards to Keller's right.

Later in the first half, Xavi found room outside the penalty area and crossed the ball to Messi, who beat Keller from cross range at the far post.

At halftime, both teams emptied their benches. Of the 22 starters, only Seattle defender James Riley was still on the field at the start of the second half and he went off in the 61st minute.

Barca youngsters Jeffren Suarez and Pedro Rodriguez completed the scoring with late goals.

A 25-4 edge in shots typified Barca's superiority more than a 55-45 percent edge in possession. Intelligent and cohesive use of the ball, not outright ownership, is how it has soared to the top of the class.

Barcelona concludes its tour in San Francisco Saturday against CD Guadalajara.

Aug. 5 in Seattle
Seattle Sounders 0 Barcelona 4. Goals: Messi 21, 41, Jeffren 75, Pedro 89.
Seattle Sounders --
Keller (Boss, 46); Riley (Wahl, 61), Hurtado (Riley, 46), Marshall (Ianni, 46), Gonzalez (Brown, 46; Fucito, 78); Evans (Scott, 46), Alonso (Neagle, 46), Ljungberg (Vagenas, 46), Zakuani (Sturgis, 46); Montero (Levesque, 46), Jaqua (Nyassi, 46).
Barcelona -- Pinto (Jorquera, 46); Sanchez (Muniesa, 46), Puyol (Pique, 46), Abidal (Henrique, 46), Alves (Maxwell, 46); Busquets (Toure, 46), Fontas (Keita, 46), Xavi (Dos Santos, 46); Henry (Pedro, 46), Krkic (Jeffren, 46), Messi (Gudjohnsen, 46).
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA).
Att.: 66.848.


Messi's first goal



Messi's second goal




No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Luis Suarez    
"I do not understand why they [the English media] want to do this. They want to ...
MLS Countdown 2015: Quakes test out new home    
DAY 7: Last in the Western Conference last year, San Jose heads into 2015 with a ...
Cal South again heads ODP Championship field    
Cal South, which has swept the US Youth Soccer ODP Championships the last two years, has ...
MLS Countdown 2015: Injury jinx hits hard    
DAY 8: As the MLS preseason is set to wrap up this weekend, teams will pray ...
What They're Saying: Juergen Klopp    
"I hope there aren't any more unexploded bombs in the stadium -- especially not in yellow ...
What They're Saying: Arsene Wenger    
"On the second and third goals, it was suicide. It looks like we have lost our ...
Alvarado and Castillo start in road wins    
Young Mexican-American Ventura Alvarado, who looks more and more like he's headed to play for the ...
Video Pick: Robinho's still got it    
Here's an update on Robinho, who after a decade in Europe that included winning titles at ...
Video Pick: Sombrero chip sets up golazo     
Bryan, a 22-year-old defender for Brazilian club America-MG, chips the ball over an Atletico defender before ...
2015 MLS Preseason Action    
Real Salt Lake won its third straight game with a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives