After blowing a 2-0 lead and eventually losing to Seattle in a shootout Wednesday night, Team America did the only sensible thing: it left the country.
Team America gave up two goals to the Sounders in the final three minutes at RFK Stadium and failed to score in five shootout attempts.
Forward Andrew Parkinson, who was given his first start in place of Tony Crescitelli, scored both of Team America's goals within the first seven minutes of the second half.
Team America Coach Alkis Panagoulias left himself open for second-guessing with the insertion of Crescitelli and Sonny Askew (for Rudy Glenn at 65:12). The substitions allowed Seattle to gain control of the midfield and the momentum, and the Sounders kept Team America pinned in its own end for the final 10 minutes of regulation and the overtime.
The substitutions also proved costly when Alan Green, who got off a game-high five shots, was forced out with a pulled hamstring at 72:35. Panagoulias had already made the maximum number of substitutions, and Team America was forced to play with 10 men for the last 32:25.
Panagoulias' decision to start Arnie Mausser in goal was also questionable. Mausser, who had been sidelined with a rib injury since the preseason, played well, making seven saves, including several reflex stops. But Paul Hammond, who leads the league with a 0.32 goals-against average, played with the Sounders last year and was instrumental in Team America's season-opening shootout win over Seattle.