FC Seattle Storm 2 x 1 Santos

Data: 09/06/1985
Competição: Amistoso
Local: Memorial Stadium, em Seattle, EUA.
Público: 4.180 pessoas
Gols: Mirandinha (24-1); Schmetzer (13-2) e Schmetzer (18-2).

It was an upset, and FC Seattle took its 2-1 margin over world famed Santos (Brazil) in stride, chalking up the first win of 1985 to a week of hard work under head coach Bruce Rioch.

“There was some very good coaching during the week and it set us up to be prepared,” said defender Jeff Durgan. “The coaches told us to get the ball wide and support each other, play tight defense in midfield… We didn’t give them any space.”

It was the midfield that supported Durgan and teammates with Brian Schmetzer on the end of both Seattle goals. Schmetzer joined Rioch’s club earlier in the week on loan from the San Diego Sockers after helping that club win the 1985 MISL title. It also marked a reunion with twin brothers Andy and Walter Schmetzer, who had led Nathan Hale HS to the State High School Championship a few weeks earlier.

Both Schmetzer goals came on second half corners from Don Farler after Santos led 1-0 through the first half.

The first mark knotted the match from 23 yards out. Less than five minutes later, Schmetzer again fielded Farler’s cross, sidestepped two defenders and punched in the game winner from 8 yards.

“I’ve never scored two goals in a professional game, I know that,” Schmetzer said.

Rioch, undoubtedly pleased with the season’s first win, knew his club had taken an important step.

“In anyone’s book, in anyone’s career, beating the Brazilians is an outstanding achievement,” Rioch said. “We’ve begun to prove ourselves”.

Stats:
Shots: Seattle 15, Santos 14
Corners: Santos 7, Seattle 4
Fouls: Santos 12, Seattle 9
Offside: Seattle 3, Santos 2
Saves: Seattle (Schuur) 6, Santos (Rodriguez) 5
Cautions: Mirandinha 24′, Roberto 38′, Gersinho 39′, Brian Schmetzer 58′

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