Seattle Sounders triumph over Stabaek IF in La Manga Cup

Seattle Sounders recorded a 2-0 victory in their second La Manga Cup match, defeating Norway’s Stabaek IF.

Seattle Sounders recorded a 2-0 victory in their second La Manga Cup match, defeating Norway’s Stabaek IF.

Goals from Fredy Montero and Roger Levesque were the difference as the Sounders bounced back from their 3-0 defeat by Rosenborg on Thursday.

Swedish midfielder Freddie Ljungberg provided assists for both Seattle goals and was happy with the improvement the team showed.

“We were tired and we didn't play good at all in the first game,” Ljungberg said.

“We were really tired and wanted to make amends for that. ... We lost too easily and we needed to make a better match today and I think we did. It feels good...Some parts of the game we were very comfortable. It was a well deserved win I think.”

Ljungberg said the passing game of the Sounders was very good in the win and was hopeful it would get better with more game time.

“It's something we should work on every week and every day. I think it's one of those things we can just get better. I think it worked a couple of times today but we can still get a lot better at it, but it worked much today than it did a couple weeks ago,” he added.

Coach Sigi Schmid was also delighted with the form turnaround, saying: “Obviously the positive out of the loss it sometimes it wakes you up. Sometimes you need a little wake-up call.

“The positives today are that we showed our character, we showed our ability to react to a loss and to a performance that we weren't happy with on Thursday.

“We showed a lot of character to come back. We showed a lot of ability be able to add the things to our game that we didn't have in our game the first time. Our focus and concentration was much, much better.”

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