Sounders U-23 Advance to Western Conference Finals
The Sounders FC U-23 stormed back with two unanswered goals for a 2-1 win over FC Tucson in the Western Conference Semi-finals on Saturday night in Ventura, California.
After being down a goal in the 47th minute, incoming sophomore Darwin Jones scored the equalizer ten minutes later. The Sounders right back, DeAndre Yedlin, threw a long throw-in towards the front of the goal and it was flicked on to the back post for Jones to side-volley the ball into the net. Sean Morris scored the go-ahead goal in the 64th minute.
The victory puts the Sounders U-23 to the Western Conference Championship on Sunday, June 22 against Ventura County Fusion for a spot in the PDL National Final Four; kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT. There will be live streaming at http://www.kadytv.com/sports/ventura-county-fusion. Stay tuned on SoundersU23.com for more coverage information on the match.
In the first semi-final game, the Portland Timbers U-23s lost a heart breaker in overtime against the Ventura County Fusion. The only goal in the game came three minutes into overtime and the Fusion were able to hold off a series of late attempts by the Timbers U-23s to claim a 1-0 win and advance to the Western Conference finals.
The Timbers U-23s held a majority of the possession int he first half and it led to a 5-2 advantage in shots. Junior goalkeeper Spencer Richey, however, turned in the biggest play of the half for the Timbers U-23s, making a key save on a penalty kick attempt in the 28th minute after a Portland player had been called for a handball int he box. Richey turned away a low shot from the spot aimed at the left post to keep the match deadlocked heading into halftime. Richey played the whole 120 minutes making three saves.
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