Servando Carrasco scored the only goal in the 120 minute preseason match between the Seattle Sounders and the Chicago Fire, and, for maximum drama, he waited until the 120th minute to do so. Roger Levesque sent the ball back to Miguel Montaño, who was racing up the left side of the field. Montaño sent the ball in to Carrasco, who was waiting in the middle of the box to put the ball in the net.
The 1-0 win puts the Sounders at 4-2-2 during preseason, but more importantly, it gave the coaches a chance to see the core of the team that they anticipate will start most games in the regular season. Those starters were Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Jeff Parke, Leo Gonzalez, Alvaro Fernandez, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Steve Zakuani, Fredy Montero and Blaise Nkufo.
Steve Zakuani certainly seemed satisfied with the time spent in Florida:
Preseason is such a long grind, but our passing is getting better, won't be where we need to be for a couple more weeks but it was good 2day
Sounders now head back to Seattle to adjust to the drizzly atmosphere before the Cascadia Summit, which brings Vancouver and Portland to Tukwila March 4-6.