TUCSON, Ariz. – New Homegrown Player signing Jordan Morris made his Sounders preseason debut in a 2-1 loss as Seattle fell to Celaya FC of the Mexican second-division in a Tuesday night friendly at Kino Sports Complex.

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TUCSON, Ariz. – New Homegrown Player signing Jordan Morris made his Sounders preseason debut in a 2-1 loss as Seattle fell to Celaya FC of the Mexican second-division in a Tuesday night friendly at Kino Sports Complex.

Here are my first impressions:

– Morris’ preseason debut was quiet. Barring a noteworthy piece of hold-up play – when he spun a Celaya defender at midfield before sparking an attack – Seattle’s high-profile Homegrown Player signing didn’t get a whole lot of touches. He was isolated on the right after entering as a halftime sub and didn’t have much more of an impact after shifting into the middle.

– Jimmy Ockford had a rough night. The 23-year-old defender started alongside Chad Marshall with Brad Evans still recovering from the hamstring tightness picked up on national team duty. On Celaya’s first goal, Ockford lost the initial header then slipped when he tried to recover. He was at fault again on Celaya’s second, whiffing on his tackle and allowing his man to cut inside and tee up Rodgiro Lopez for a rocket. This was a chance for Ockford to make a lasting impression, and it wasn’t a positive one.

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– Andreas Ivanschitz was the best Sounder on the field – and it wasn’t even all that close. The midfield is still developing its chemistry, but that’s less of a pressing concern when the Austrian is going hero mode with solo runs towards the opposing box. Ivanschitz dribbled through defenders and played in teammates, winning a series of corners via dangerous crosses. He earned an assist eight minutes into the second half, finding Nelson Valdez’s head with a curling free kick. Ivanschitz would’ve earned a few more, too, if the Paraguayan had been able to keep a few first-half headers down.

– Valdez struggled with his finishing in the first half, but he was a menace in the first chunk of the second half before Sigi Schmid subbed out the starters in shifts.

– Joevin Jones showed off bursts of the acceleration his new teammates have raved about. Most of Seattle’s promising attacks during its three Desert Friendlies came from out wide, and their new left back’s ability to turn on the jets is a major reason why.

– The notable number of Celaya FC fans – more likely local Mexican soccer fans, if the array of jersey choices were any indication – provided a lively atmosphere for an atypical preseason friendly. There were whistles and coordinated cheers and a surprisingly jamming band that provided the background soundtrack.

– If this was a preview for Seattle’s Champions League quarterfinal series against Club America, the Sounders are in trouble. As might be expected from a team already a handful of games into its regular season, Celaya looked much sharper than its MLS foe for most of the night. The Bulls were calm in possession and wisely picked their spots to attack. But Club America is in midseason form, too. And while Celaya currently calls the Mexican second-division home, America is the defending CCL champions. Seattle has two weeks to sharpen up, but this may prove ominous.

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