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USL D1 - May 26 - Vancouver vs Seattle [R]


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Vancouver Whitecaps (3-2-0, 2nd place) vs. Seattle Sounders (1-1-2, 9th place)

Friday, May 26, 2006 - 7:00 PM PDT

Swangard Stadium (natural grass), Burnaby, BC


Shaw TV British Columbia

Radio, Audio Webcast:

MOJO 730 AM Vancouver

This is the third match of the 2006 Cascadia Cup.

Pre-match articles from the last few days:

[*]Whitecaps, Sounders tonight! - Vancouver Whitecaps, May 26

[*]'Caps meet Sounders in back-to-back games - 24 Hours Vancouver, May 26

[*]Tonight's Matchup: Sounders at Whitecaps - Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 26

[*]Sounders Meet Vancouver This Weekend, Galindo Out 8-10 Weeks - Seattle Sounders, May 24


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Thanks, I had forgotten about the television broadcast.


Vancouver 2 Seattle 2

18' VAN Gjertsen

23' SEA Weaver

32' VAN Gjertsen

74' SEA Weaver

Attendance 4,658. Gjertsen was the man of the match, both officially and on the radio.

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USL match report

Seattle Sounders match report

Whitecaps match report:


May 27, 2006 - Vancouver Whitecaps 2

Seattle Sounders 2

Friday, May 26, 2006

Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC (attendance: 4,658)


The Whitecaps took on defending champions Seattle Sounders and saw their great rivals twice come from behind to earn a 2-2 tie. It was Vancouver's sixth consecutive draw against the Sounders, as the Caps haven't defeated Seattle in their last ten league meetings.

Striker Joey Gjertsen netted both Vancouver goals, as he continues to lead the league in scoring. But his work was matched by Seattle rookie striker Cam Weaver, who also scored twice and is now second in league scoring.

Vancouver remains undefeated at 3-0-3 for 12 points to stay in second place in the USL First Division. Seattle go to 1-2-2 for 5 points and stay in ninth spot.

The Whitecaps and Sounders are back in action in less than 24 hours, as on Saturday, May 27 the rematch takes place at Seattle's Qwest Field, in a 7:00 p.m. start.

Scoring Summary:

18' Vanc Joey Gjertsen (David Testo)

A long ball forward by goalkeeper Tony Caig was flicked on by Testo to Gjertsen. Gjertsen brook-in one-on-two, cut into space on the right and then fired a low 14-yard shot into the net.

23' Seat Cam Weaver (Andrew Gregor)

Gregor whipped in a first-time cross from the left, and it was headed in by Weaver from 10 yards. It was the first shot to beat goalkeeper Tony Caig as a Whitecap.

32' Vanc Joey Gjertsen

A great solo run by Gjertsen was rewarded as he weaved through the box down the left, and from a sharp angle in close saw his shot deflect into the goal off Seattle defender Seyi Abolaji who was standing on the line. It was Gjertsen's league-leading fifth goal of the season.

73' Seat Cam Weaver

A mix-up in the Vancouver defence allowed Weaver to pounce on a loose ball and fire past the keeper from 15 yards. It was the Seattle rookie's fourth goal of the season.

Game Notes:

There were no shortage of chances in this entertaining match. Whitecaps keeper Tony Caig was tested at 13' by a low shot from C.J. Klaas, and then made another good stop on a dangerously driven inswinging cross from Andrew Gregor, that went all the way through onto goal.

At the other end, Seattle's David Mahoney stopped a hard shot from Alfredo Valente at 15', and was fortunate to see a 40th minute blast from David Testo sailed over the bar.

Vancouver had a flurry of chances to start the second half. At 51'

David Testo cleverly deflected a cross from Alfredo Valente but put it just wide. At 52', a shot from Valente was well saved, and then at 53' a rocket from Joey Gjertsen whistled just over the crossbar.

There was controversy at 63' as Whitecaps Trinidad and Tobago international Anthony Noreiga appeared to be hauled down in the Seattle penalty area while lining up for an overhead volley, but referee Kevin Duliba waved play on.

The save of the night was made by Seattle's David Mahoney, as he denied a brilliant first-time volley by Dave Morris at 86'. Mahoney was at full stretch to push the ball past the post, after Morris connected superbly on a nicely cross from Joey Gjertsen on the right.

Whitecaps rookie Stefan Leslie came on at 84' to make his professional debut, and received his first yellow card as a professional just three minutes later.

While Vancouver's second goal might have been ruled an "own goal" in some jurisdictions, under USL regulations an "own goal" is only awarded when the defending player makes a deliberate attempt to play the ball.

This game counts towards the fan-sponsored Cascadia Cup. Vancouver leads the standings with five points, while Seattle and Portland have a point apiece.

Midfielder Martin Nash has played 42 consecutive games, spanning three seasons.

Defender Steve Klein has played every minute, 540, for Vancouver this season.

Whitecaps: 1.Tony Caig - 3.Steve Klein, 4.Adrian Cann, 8.Steve Kindel, 12.Geordie Lyall (27.Stefan Leslie 84') - 2.Jeff Clarke, 6.Jay Alberts (20.Dave Morris 67'), 7.Martin Nash, 9.Alfredo Valente (25.Anthony Noreiga 56') - 17.Joey Gjertsen, 11.David Testo (19.Sita-Taty Matondo 60')

Seattle: 1.David Mahoney - 21.Ben Somoza, 17.Zach Scott, 4.Danny Jackson, 8.Seyi Abolaji (3.Jacob Besagno 45') - 12.Gabe Sturm (9.Craig Tomlinson 45'), 15.Kevin Sakuda, 13.Andrew Gregor, 5.C.J. Klaas (6.Nate Boyden 88') - 14.Cam Weaver, 18.Roger Levesque (10.Santa Maria Rivera 73')

Shots: Vancouver 13 Seattle 12

Saves: Vancouver 5 Seattle 5

Fouls: Vancouver 16 Seattle 13

Offside: Vancouver 2 Seattle 0

Corner Kicks: Vancouver 0 Seattle 2

Referee: Kevin Duliba


Vancouver: Testo 36', Lyall 67', Leslie 87'

Seattle: Tomlinson 56'

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For all the criticism Nash takes he has gotten a lot of matchs in these past years. Unless he's become a major Whitecap shareholder, or has compromissing snaps of Kerfoot with some low track hookers or something he can't be doing all that bad.

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Nash has been pure rubbish! He's good *with* the ball, but it's extremely dodgy when he tries delivering it to somebody else.

In the Seattle match alone he passed the ball straight to Seattle players no less than 7 times. I'm not saying the ball was intercepted, I really mean *passed straight to them* from short and middle distances.

His aerial service is crap, and his corners are rubbish.

Last year, I can count at least 6 occasions when he blew a free kick opportunity by hammering it straight at the feet of a 2-man wall.

How in the blue hell do you manage to hit a 2-man wall, FFS!?

The running joke at Swangard is that if Nash is taking a free kick, he'll have to aim for the side bleachers to have any chance of getting it near the net.

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So compromising photos it is.

Honestly I'm not quite sure how he's gotten into so many matchs. Pretty much all reviews question his overall quality. Maybe twice last year we got to see him on the television and he looked painfully slow and completely out of place so what gives?

Man, he must bring something to the dressing room 'cause what he brings to the field escapes me.

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