Chad Barrett filled in for the injured Obafemi Martins and scored both of Seattle’s goals in a 2-0 win over Vancouver at B.C. Place.
They were Barrett’s first goals of the season.
The first was assisted by Clint Dempsey, who now has a goal or assist in 10 straight games.
The win moved Seattle (6-3-1) to within two points of the Western Conference lead.
The Sounders also moved to the top of the Cascadia Cup race: Seattle 2-0-0 (6), Vancouver 1-1-1 (4), Portland 0-1-1 (1).
With three straight road games now behind them, the Sounders begin a three-game homestand Saturday when Sporting Kansas City visits CenturyLink Field.
I'll be back with notes and quotes.
85' Neagle out, Darwin Jones on for his MLS debut.
Attendance: 21,000, which is considered a sellout.
Second half: ... has begun. No changes.
HT: Sounders 2, Whitecaps 0. Shots 8-3 VAN; on target 3-2 SEA; corners 4-0 VAN; possession 51.1 SEA.
38' GOAL Sounders. Chad Barrett again. Loooong Sounders possession. Then Pappa threads long pass, and fine finish again. Seattle, 2-0.
5' GOAL Seattle. Chad Barrett gets behind defense and very calmly touches it wide of Ousted. Seattle, 1-0. Assist to Dempsey gives him 10 straight games with either goal or assist.
First kick: ... has been struck. Whitecaps in white/white; Sounders in pitch black.
Lineups: Sounders: Frei; Mears, Evans, Marshall, Remick; Pappa, Alonso, Pineda, Neagle; Dempsey, Barrett. ... So straight Barrett for Oba. Reserves: Perkins, Scott, Gonzalez, Azira, Roldan, Rose, Jones.
For Whitecaps: Ousted 33 Beitashour 4 Waston 44 Kah 2 Harvey 15 Laba 31 Teibert 13 Techera 77 Morales 23 Manneh 29 Rivero
Pregame: Roof open at BC Place in advance of 4 p.m. first kick between Whitecaps and Sounders.[/caption]It's in the low 60s, cloudy with occasional sunny breaks in Vancouver, B.C, this afternoon, about two and a half hours before the 4 p.m. first kick of Whitecaps-Sounders.
For Whitecaps: Ousted; Beitashour, Waston, Kah, Harvey; Laba, Teibert, Techera, Morales, Manneh, Rivero.
The game will be shown on Channel 13, heard on the usual radio outlets, and blogged here, with additional updates and comments on twitter @donruiztnt.It's a big game in the Western Conference standings, where Vancouver is four points ahead of Seattle, although the Sounders have two games in hand. A six-point game, as coach Sigi Schmid stressed this week.
It's also big in the Cascadia Cup standings, where Vancouver is 1-0-1, Seattle 1-0-0 and Portland 0-1-1.