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Seattle beats Boca Juniors 3-0 in friendly

Seattle beats Boca Juniors 3-0 in friendly

The Seattle Sounders beat Boca Juniors 3-0 in a friendly on Wednesday.
Roger Levesque opened the scoring in the first half, before Pat Noonan and Michael Seamon both scored midway through the second half as Seattle found a cure to their recent goal drought.
The Sounder had only scored two home goals since their season-opening win over Philadelphia.
Playing a mixture of regular starters and youngsters needing playing time, Seattle dominated possession and scoring chances against a Boca Juniors squad minus three players preparing for the World Cup.
Martin Palermo, the club's all-time leading scorer, midfielder Claudio Morel and defender Gary Medel are training for the World Cup with Argentina, Paraguay and Chile, respectively.
Wearing their new highlighter-yellow strips, Seattle had numerous scoring chances in the first half before finally converting in the 42nd minute. Fredy Montero's free kick was tipped by goalkeeper Javier Garcia onto a post and bounced in front of the open goal. Lesveque gently guided the free ball into the net for Seattle's first home goal in 308 minutes.
The Sounders kept the pressure up in the second half. Noonan beat Gaston Sauro for possession off a pass from David Estrada, let Leandro Marin go racing past and drilled a left-footed shot into the top of the net. Seamon scored six minutes later on an attempt from 25 yards.
Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso appeared to aggravate a thigh injury that kept him out of Seattle's last two MLS games.
This was the third international friendly for Seattle, although without the star power of last year when the Sounders welcomed Chelsea and Barcelona, two of the strongest clubs in the world. Seattle was scoreless in both of those matches, but was able to outclass a Boca Juniors team that has tumbled in Argentina's Primera Division and finished last season 16th.
Lucas Viatri had the best scoring chance for Boca but his first-half header was punched over the crossbar by Seattle keeper Kasey Keller.
Boca Juniors will wrap up its U.S. tour on Saturday with a match against the Portland Timbers.


Updated : 2021-05-10 01:09 GMT+08:00