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Sounders dominate UCF in exhibition at IMG Academy

Tyson Wahl dribbles out from the back

Some quick observations from the Seattle Sounders 7-0 romp over the University of Central Florida men's soccer team that took place Thursday on the IMG Academy soccer program main field (photos below):

* The Sounders stayed pretty conservative with the starters and subs, playing mostly trialists, reserve players and others trying to make the team.

* The Knights would likely argue that Seattle's choice of players didn't help matters, as the match saw a good deal of physical play. Several UCF players throughout the game were left writhing on the ground after hard tackles.

* As a very solid college team, UCF can play with every men's team in the country, evidenced by its advancing to the second round of the NCAA playoffs this year. Still, this scrimmage showed how huge of a difference there is in overall talent between the collegiate and pro ranks. The 7-0 final score (and especially the 2-0 halftime score) somehow still doesn't fully show how dominant Seattle was.

* Pat Noonan -- allegedly on the bubble to make the team -- was easily the best player on the field before being subbed out at halftime. He scored both of the team's first-half goals, tested the UCF 'keeper multiple other times and set up some golden opportunities for teammates. It was easy to see how he's tallied 115 points in his MLS career.

* That said, it was a bit odd to see Noonan -- a proven MLS player -- not playing with the first team.

* Miguel Montano, a 19-year-old forward/winger from Colombia, eerily resembles Cristiano Ronaldo in look, build... and even running style. Click on the photo to the right.

* Michael Tetteh, the 20th overall selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, looks like he could be a force. Playing as a hybrid left back/winger, Tetteh consistently showed the willingness to join the attack and have a go at the defense.

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