Sounders FC 2 (5-18-5, 20 points) on Saturday had its fivegame home unbeaten streak snapped with a 1-0 loss to Phoenix Rising FC (17-7-5, 56 points) at Cheney Stadium. The loss was S2’s first in front of the home supporters in more than two months, dating back to July 8 against Reno 1868 FC. Seattle posted a 2-0-3 mark in its previous five home games.
Chris Cortez scored the lone marker of the match in the 16th minute after a long buildup. He found a loose ball inside the area and buried it past S2 goalkeeper Calle Brown to the bottom right corner of the goal. The tally was Cortez’s team-leading 16th of
the season, and he now ranks tied for second in the USL in goals scored, three behind the league leader, Cameron Lancaster of Louisville City FC.
Sounders FC 2 defender Jalen Markey made the first start of his career and played the full 90 minutes, just nine days after being signed to S2’s roster. S2 saw appearances from three first team players in Brown, Handwalla Bwana and Henry Wingo, while Khai Brisco was the lone Sounders Academy player to suit up for S2. Sounders FC 2 returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Rio Grande Valley FC. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. and the match will be live-streamed on ESPN+.