Sounders FC is shaping up to have cutthroat competition for its final roster spots, and over the first two weeks of training camp, forward Kevin Parsemain has made one of the strongest cases among the unsigned hopefuls.
Parsemain, a 25-year-old international from the small Caribbean nation of Martinique, scored a stunning volley from the top of the penalty box Sunday, helping lead Seattle to a 2-1 preseason win against the Vancouver Whitecaps at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.
“He got all of it,” coach Sigi Schmid told SoundersFC.com.
“If it was a regular-season game, it’d be one of those that’d be up for Goal of the Week.”
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Parsemain also scored in Wednesday’s win against Vancouver; his two goals, scored over 105 minutes in two games, are tied with designated player Obafemi Martins for the team lead in preseason.
Seattle went 3-0-1 in its exhibitions in Arizona before returning home Sunday night. The team will train locally before heading to Charleston, S.C., for the Carolina Challenge Cup on Feb. 19.
The Sounders got their first look at new addition Marco Pappa against the Whitecaps, as the midfielder, acquired Jan. 31 through the allocation order, played the first 45 minutes and sent in the cross that eventually led to Parsemain’s 23rd-minute goal.
Seattle doubled the lead in the 50th minute on a header by midfielder Andy Rose, who had an assist earlier in preseason. Homegrown player Sean Okoli, a 21-year-old from Federal Way, did some of the dirty work on both goals Sunday, challenging for balls in the air to set up shots for both of his teammates.
Rose told the team website: “I’m looking to get in the box more, looking to be more of a presence as a box-to-box midfielder. … Something I really want to add to my game is getting in goal-scoring positions more.”
Vancouver’s goal came in the 78th minute, when defender Carlyle Mitchell scored off a corner kick.
Two more trialists have joined Seattle’s training camp, midfielder Gonzalo Pineda, a former Mexican international, and midfielder John Arroyo.
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