Seattle Sounders / Whitecaps game summary
The play may have been sloppy on occasion, but MLS got a boost of adrenaline with this exciting clash of Cascadia Cup rivals last night. As predicted in our preview, the match featured a number of errors due to two overworked squads coming together with a recent heavy load of fixtures.
As a result, the game produced four goals despite the involvement of both defensively inclined teams.
There were defensive errors on either side in the heart of defence that were punished ruthlessly by the opponent.
The Whitecaps took an early lead, and then Seattle matched them before a late goal for either team resulted in a 2-2 draw.
Martin Rennie fielded his strongest starting lineup, with the exception of Darren Mattocks in the place of Eric Hassli who had a well-deserved rest. He also maintained his preferred 4-3-3 alignment, opting to attack the tough Seattle defence.
The tactic paid off in terms of goals, but did allow space for the talented Sounders players to exploit.
Joe Cannon played well, making a couple of excellent stops but was helpless to stop the two well worked Seattle goals, including the Eddie Johnson header from a terrific right wing cross, and the curling, dipping effort by the peerless Fredy Montero who skipped around the ‘Caps defenders.
Jay DeMerit played well, but Martin Bonjour overcommitted on the Montero goal, leaving him space to carve out the well taken shot.
The full backs, particularly Alain Rochat (who scored off a wonderful end to end rush) looked good going forward but struggled to contain the wing play of Seattle.
Camilo had a fortunate goal as a result of a well struck free kick from the left wing that curled into the box, eluding everyone including the Seattle ‘keeper as it nestled into the goal. Otherwise, the midfield played well in general.
The offence played reasonably fair but did not offer much on target, as the goals for Vancouver came from defence and midfield.
Man of the Match
Alain Rochat caused trouble on the left wing with several forays into the Seattle half.
Play of the Match
Rochat’s flying run on the counterattack allowed him to knife into the Seattle 18 yard box where he clipped a neat shot over the legs of the goalkeeper.
Quote of the night
“Gave the fans everything we had, but a couple technical problems and we gave that game away. Tonight was a night to see how far we’ve come against one the leagues top teams. We feel like we’re right there with them” – Coach Martin Rennie
VANWH – Gershon Koffie (Yellow Card) 84th minute
VANWH – Camilo Sanvezzo (Yellow Card) 90th minute