Manchester United dominates Sounders FC

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The largest crowd in Pacific Northwest soccer history was on hand as Sounders FC fell to English Premier League champion Manchester United, 7-0, in an international friendly on Wednesday night in front of 67,052 on the Xbox 360 Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Wayne Rooney scored three of United's six second-half goals.

A halftime substitute, Rooney's first two goals came in the 52nd and the 69th minutes.  He drifted to the back post to finish Nani's cross then scored his second following a feed from Ji-Sung Park.  Rooney's third goal came in the 72nd minute as he fired a one-touch shot from inside the box and past second-half Seattle goalkeeper Terry Boss, completing his hat trick.

The Rave Green created several scoring chances, the best coming in the 37th minute when James Riley sent a ball over to Fredy Montero inside the box. Montero's left-footed shot was blocked by United starting keeper Anders Lindegarrd. Montero controlled the rebound, however, and sent it back in to Riley whose first-time attempt was also saved by Lindegarrd.

Montero led Seattle with five shots and did not play in the second half.

Second-half substitute Pat Noonan hit the crossbar in the 68th minute, and in the 74th minute he fired a shot that was blocked by Ben Amos, United's keeper for the second half. In the 53rd minute, Seattle's Mike Fucito sent Amos diving for another save.

Manchester United converted its first clear chance of the match as Patrice Evra sent a left-footed cross to a wide-open Michael Owen for a 15th-minute header.

Just before the end of the first half, the Red Devils nearly scored again. Owen was again left wide open in the box, one-on-one with Kasey Keller in the 43rd minute. Keller stood his ground and denied Owen from point-blank range, leaving it 1-nil at the interval.

The goals quickly mounted in the second half. Mame Biram Diouf scored in the 49th and Park, in between Rooney's second and third strikes, made it 5-0. Gabriel Obertan rounded out the United barrage in the 89th minute.

In his half of play, Keller had three saves and Boss made two stops.  For Manchester United, Lindegarrd registered four saves in the first half and Amos notched three of his own.

Sounders FC managed 18 total shots, with seven of those coming on goal. Twelve of United's 20 shots were on goal.

The previous record attendance for a match played in the Pacific Northwest was 66,848 in 2009 for a friendly between Sounders FC and Barcelona.

Returning to action for Sounders FC was forward O'Brian White, who came on in the 76th minute.  It was White's first appearance since having surgery to remove a blood clot in his leg in late April.

Sounders FC (10-4-8, 38 points inMLS) returns to action on July 26 in Panama, facing San Francisco FC in the first leg of the aggregate goal series in the CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round.  It will be broadcast by FOX Soccer at 5 p.m. PST. The next MLS game is July 30 at Houston.

 

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