Seattle Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani may have signaled his return to full fitness on Sunday as he led the Sounders to a 3-2 victory over the LA Galaxy in Reserve League play at the Starfire Sports Complex.
16 months since suffering a devastating leg injury, Zakuani tallied two goals against the Galaxy -- his first goal since April 9th, 2011 -- before Sammy Ochoa scored the game winner canceling out goals by LA's Jose Villarreal and Michael Stephens. With the result, the Galaxy remain at the top of the Reserve League's West Division with 13 points and a record of 4-2-1. Meanwhile, Seattle remain at the foot of the West division with 7 points and a record of 2-4-1.
The Galaxy reserves return to action on September 4th against the San Jose Earthquakes at the Nutrilite Training Facility. While the Sounders reserves will play their next match on September 9th against Chivas USA at Starfire.
LA - Jose Villarreal (Pat Noonan, Mike Stephens) 35'
SEA - Steve Zakuani (Michael Seamon, Sammy Ochoa) 72'
LA - Mike Stephens (unassisted) 78'
SEA - Steve Zakuani (Sammy Ochoa, Marc Burch) 84'
SEA - Sammy Ochoa (Zach Scott) 90'
Seattle Sounders FC: Josh Ford, Zach Scott, Patrick Ianni, Daniel Steres, Marc Burch, Michael Tetteh (Moises Orozco, 81), Servando Carrasco, Michael Seamon, Steve Zakuani (Kyle Bjornethun, 92), Mario Martinez (Dawyne Smith, 67), Sammy Ochoa.
Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Jordan Morris, Dominic Dismuke.
Total Shots: 17; Shots on Goal: 5; Fouls: 5; Offside: 3; Corner Kicks: 9; Saves: 6.
LA Galaxy: Brian Perk (Brian Rowe, 46), Oscar Sorto, Brian Gaul (Dan Keat, 70), Andrew Boyens, Tommy Meyer, Kenny Walker (Sebastian Valasquez, 90), Bryan Jordan (Raul Mendiola, 46), Rafael Garcia, Mike Stephens, Pat Noonan (Jack McBean, 77), Jose Villarreal.
Substitutes Not Used: None.
Total Shots: 14; Shots on Goal: 8; Fouls: 10; Offside: 0; Corner Kicks: 3; Saves: 2.
Misconduct Summary: LA - Andrew Boyens (caution; Reckless Tackle) 25' SEA - Patrick Ianni (caution, Reckless Tackle) 56' SEA - Zach Scott (caution; Reckless Tackle) 59'
Referee: Levi Rippy