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  • Caps Come Away From Derby Empty Handed



    Another Cascadia derby match and the Vancouver Whitecaps came away without a result, losing 2-0 to Seattle Sounders. After an evenly played first half the Sounders took control of the second, taking the lead off a goal by Fredy Montero, with a late goal by Eddie Johnson that sealed the victory.


    The Whitecaps started the match on the front foot with Mattocks causing problems for Sounders with the first chance of the match coming when the rookie sent a through ball for Kenny Miller but Gspurning came off his line to clear the ball. Minutes later Mattocks did well to keep the ball in and then proceeded to attempt a tight angle shot that the keeper punched away. The best chance for the Caps came with about twenty minutes to go when Miller this time slipped the ball into the box for Mattocks but the shot was wide of the far post.

    The Sounders had a couple of excellent chances to open the scoring in the first 25 minutes of the half that forced Joe Cannon into making a couple of stops. The first came off Eddie Johnson as he curled the ball from the top of the box that Cannon was able to tip over the bar and then the keeper made a save off of Brad Evans who sent a powerful shot from just inside the box.

    The last ten minutes saw the two clubs trade opportunities to open the scoring with Miller unable to capitalize at having the ball at his feet in the box. Then after some buildup Alex Caskey found himself free from about twenty yards out but sent the shot wide of Cannon and the goal.

    The opening ten minutes of the second half saw the Sounders with a trio of chances to get that first goal as Alonso took the first crack from distance that Cannon was able to get down and deflect it wide of the post. It was Alonso once again with a chance, this time from in close, but Mitchell was able to slide in the path of the ball and block it away. Just a minute later Eddie Johnson was completely free just outside the six yard box but was unable to convert the Johansson cross.

    The pressure finally paid off for the home side in the 64th when a Rosales free kick was flicked to second half sub Fredy Montero who collected the ball and slipped it past Cannon for the 1-0 lead. The one goal lead was not enough for the Sounders as they continued to apply pressure and look to double their advantage.

    With less than ten minutes to go it looked as though the Whitecaps had equalized when Darren Mattocks put the ball in the net but a foul called on the striker negated the score. The missed chance proved costly as the Whitecaps allowed the Sounders to double their lead on a counter attack when Johnson was able to convert a cross by Evans past a helpless Cannon.

    The Whitecaps were unable to create little in the final third against the Sounders and a big reason for that was their inability to control the midfield due to the unusual game day suspension of Barry Robson due to his actions late in the FC Dallas game. Rennie asked Kenny Miller to play that role but the striker was ineffective except for a couple of instances.

    Once again the Whitecaps allowed a goal on a set piece when Montero was able to slip away from the marks of Lee and Miller to break the deadlock. The Caps had been able to absorb the Sounder pressure from open play which makes the opening goal even more disappointing. The second goal, which came from an open play cross, was scored off a counter when the Whitecaps were pressing for an equalizer.

    The Whitecaps remain in the final playoff spot after this result but drop to the bottom of the Cascadia Cup table behind both the Sounders and Timbers. The players can change that position in a week’s time when they return to the road and travel further down the I5 to face Portland.

    FINAL SCORE: Seattle Sounders 2 – 0 Vancouver Whitecaps

    ATT: 55,178

    VANCOUVER: Joe Cannon; Young-Pyo Lee, Carlyle Mitchell, Andy O'Brien, Alain Rochat; Gershon Koffie, Jun Marques Davidson (John Thorrington 90th minute); Dane Richards, Kenny Miller, Camilo Sanvezzo(Russell Teibert 74th minute); Darren Mattocks (Atiba Harris 90th minute) [subs Not Used: Brad Knighton, Jordan Harvey, Michael Nanchoff, Matt Watson]

    SEATTLE: Michael Gspurning, Adam Johansson (Zach Scott 79th minute), Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leonardo Gonzalez, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Christian Tiffert, Alex Caskey (Fredy Montero 61st minute), Mauro Rosales (Andy Rose 88th minute), Eddie Johnson [subs Not Used: Josh Ford, Patrick Ianni, , Steve Zakuani, Sammy Ochoa]


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