I am by no means a soccer expert, but I couldn't help this fanpost. The UW men's soccer team deserves some serious props. On March 7, they faced off against the Seattle Sounders Reserve squad. The match was set up because Sounders FC was looking for good, competitive matches for its reserves, who do not get to play in any league matches.
The UW Mens team has 6 Sounders FC Academy prospects, and they finished last year's NCAA tournament in the Elite 8. So, as many of you know, this team is not a pushover. However, the same thing can be said for the Sounders reserves ... since the team is made up of players with World Cup and Gold Cup experience. Regardless, the reserved had no answer for future Sounder, Darwin Jones.
A few months ago Jones had the option to sign with the Sounders. Instead, he decided to stay with the UW. Jones is currently ranked as the #55 player in college soccer, but I have a feeling that will change this year. The 5'10" junior from Des Moines, WA had quite the night against the reserves. He scored a hat trick, but his night started off with an assist. He made a pretty cross in the 5th minute to Christian Roldan, who headed the ball in for the first score. Then Jones scored in the 12th and 35th minutes ... The game was 3-2 at the half.
The Sounders reserves evened up the score early in the second half, and the game-winning score didn't come until stoppage time ... Just a minute before the final goal, Jones was called for offsides in the box ... but the Huskies continued their press after the penalty kick, brought up the ball and tried to avoid a tie. Jones scored on a rebound, putting the Huskies up by one, 4-3, and that was that.
If there was any question about Jones being an MLS-ready player, he gave a big answer tonight. From what I have heard, the only question about this kid is where his "peak" will be. The kid can play immediately.
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