MLS Soccer

Sounders open Tucson tournament with 6-0 win

Seattle Sounders FC opened the Desert Diamond Cup on Wednesday with a 6-0 win over host FC Tucson in Arizona.

The Sounders got two first-half goals each from Lamar Neagle and Clint Dempsey, then reserve Kevin Parsemain added two late in the second half.

This was Parsemain’s first action since the 2014 preseason when he led Seattle with three goals before missing the entire regular season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The Sounders controlled their opponents from the Premier Development League throughout.

Coach Sigi Schmid’s first 11 consisted of goalkeeper Stefan Frei, defenders Tyrone Mears, Chad Marshall, Brad Evans and Leo Gonzalez; midfielders Marco Pappa, Michael Ariza, Gonzalo Pineda and Neagle; and forwards Dempsey and Martins. And for the first time this preseason, Schmid allowed his starters to play into the second half as he begins building their fitness toward the 90-minute level.

From here, the Sounders will face Major League Soccer competition: Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, the New England Revolution on Wednesday.

However, before resuming Cup play the Sounders have scheduled a friendly at 10 a.m. Thursday against Minnesota United FC of the second-division North American Soccer League.

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