Handed three goals that will have to be declared as gifts at the border crossing, the Vancouver Whitecaps beat Sounders FC today, 3-2, at Starfire Sports Complex.
"If you guys wait 10 minutes until after the interview, I’ll have gifts for everybody since we’re handing out gifts to everybody as a team right now," coach Sigi Schmid said. "It’s disappointing when you give up the goals that we gave up, because I don’t think they goals that were earned to a certain extent. Not to take anything from what Vancouver is doing or their play. Then obviously we had a couple where goalkeepers made good saves—the save that Cannon made in the second half, Nolly made one in the first half, we hit the post on one. It’s like I said before, maybe we’re getting all of this out of our system before the season starts, because it is cyclical. It all ends up evening out at the end of the day, so if we’re having a bad run now, we’ll have a good run at some other time."
The Sounders end their first Cascadia Summit with an 0-2 record against their new expansion rivals, losing by a combined 5-2. And, for better or worse, all five surrendered goals were all primarily a matter of Sounders’ mis-plays.
Schmid clearly was not happy with the results of the weekend. But when asked if it was embarrassing, he settled on a more productive emotion.
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“No, it’s a motivating weekend,” he said. “It’s not embarrassing. Embarrassing would mean that we’re going to stick our tail between our legs and we’re looking to hide and run away. We’re not looking to hide and run away from anything. So if anything it serves as motivation for the next time we play them. So it’s a very motivating weekend. It’s motivating for us as a staff to continue to get after it and work hard, and it should be very motivating to the players.”
Tomorrow, the Sounders will begin their final full week of training before the regular season.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday they will meet the MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids at Qwest Field in their final training game before their MLS First Kick game against the Los Angeles Galaxy on March 15.
Here's are stats and a few more quotes:
Scoring SummaryVAN - Omar Salgado (unassisted) 6'VAN - Russell Teibert (unassisted) 12'SEA - Roger Levesque (Patrick Ianni, Zach Scott) 45'VAN - Camilo Sanvezzo (unassisted) 47'SEA - Miguel Montaño (Roger Levesque, David Estrada) 77'
Discipline SummarySEA - Taylor Graham (caution) 10'VAN - Nizar Khalfan (caution) 18'VAN - Joe Cannon (caution) 81' Sounders FC LineupTerry Boss, Zach Scott, Taylor Graham (David Estrada 46'), Patrick Ianni, Tyson Wahl, Roger Levesque, Servando Carrasco, Erik Friberg (Osvaldo Alonso 76'), Michael Tetteh (Steve Zakuani 76'), Mike Fucito (Lamar Neagle 40'), O'Brian White (Miguel Montaño 61').
RESERVES: James Riley, Leo Gonzalez, Alvaro Fernandez, Pat Noonan, Bryan Meredith, Josh Ford, Jeff Parke.
TOTAL SHOTS: 17; SHOTS ON GOAL: 7; CORNER KICKS: 13; OFFSIDE: 1; FOULS: 8; SAVES: 3.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC LineupJay Nolly (Joe Cannon 46'), Wes Knight (Jonathan Leathers 62'), Greg Janicki, Michael Boxall, Bilal Duckett, Nizar Khalfan (Cornelius Stewart 62'), Gershon Koffie, Alexandre Morfaw (Terry Dunfield 64'), Russell Teibert (Jeb Brovsky 83'), Omar Salgado (Atiba Harris 87'), Camilo Sanvezzo (Long Tan 66')
RESERVES: Joe Cannon, Philippe Davies, Blake Wagner, Bedri Gashi, Kevin Harmse.
TOTAL SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; CORNER KICKS: 1; OFFSIDE: 4; FOULS: 14; SAVES: 5.
Referee: Dave GantarReferee's Assistants: Darren Clark, Cameron Blair4th Official: Drew FischerTime of Game: 1:52Weather: 49-degrees and cloudyAttendance: 3,100
Quotes - Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Sigi Schmid - Sounders FC Head Coach(On roger Levesque's goal...) "Roger did well. He had a goal and an assist tonight. You always know what you get when he steps on the field. He gives you everything he's got and wears his heart on his sleeve, he gave that to us. At the point where we made it 3-2, I thought our chances of making it 3-3 were much greater than going down 4-2 and we definitely pushed and we had some opportunities and we fell short."
Teitur Thordarson - Whitecaps FC Head CoachGeneral comments...) "They made two mistakes and we managed to score on those but at the same time I think we made some mistakes that gave them a goal so maybe it's quite equal. Goals change games. That's just how it is and I'm just delighted we managed to score some because in all the games we've been playing in preseason we've created lots of chances. We haven't always managed to score but we've created chances and today we scored some goals and I'm very happy. I have a lot and tough decisions to make because I have a good squad and I was delighted to see the guys play well because that's the best thing they can do to earn a place in the team."90th minute:
Six minutes of added time.(I like ref Dave Gantar, who clearly believed Vancouver was wasting a lot of time and apparently just added it on.)
77th minute: Sounders cut it to 3-2 as Miguel Montano touches in a sweet rolling cross from Roger Levesque. Estrada gets credit for assit, also.
75th minute: Interesting subs as Friberg and Tetteh leave, replaced by Alonso and Zakuani.
65th minute: Levesque just misses with header. Though he and Scott bop heads and seem shaken a bit.
Attendance: Another sellout of 3,100.
61st minute: Montano in for White.
47th minute: Halloween in March continues for Sounders. This time Boss runs way out of the goal mouth. Vancouver sends ball in, Ianni clears, but Vancouver's Camilo Sanvezzo knocks it back into the still untended net. Vancouver, 3-1.
2nd half: Graham out, David Estrada in, with Roger Levesque moving to the back line.
Halftime: Vancouver, 2-1. Seattle ends half on a roll.
Shots 8-6, Sea; shots on goal, 4-3 Van; corners 8-0 Sea; saves 2-2; fouls 5-2 Van, Offsides 3-1 Van; cards 1-1.
45th minute: Levesque finishes in front of goal. Assists to Scott and Ianni. Vancouver, 2-1.
40th minute: Fucito taken to locker room. Exact injury unknown as of now. Lamar Neagle subs in.
33rd minute: Injury-plagued Mike Fucito goes down without contact, holding groin/hamstring. Now across touch line -- bent but standing -- with trainer.
23rd minute: Another nice Friberg cross, this time to Levesque near goalmouth, but saved again.
20th minute: Best Sounders chance on Friberg free kick onto head of Scott, but saved by Cannon. 12th minute Another terribly weak goal as Vancouver's Russell Teibert hits a wobbly little cross in front of the goal. Boss goes out, sort of dives awkwardly at it, and it trickles across the line behind him
10th minute: Yellow to Graham after he pulls jersey after being beaten again. Sixth minute: Taylor Graham botches what seemed to be an early clearance at the top of the box, and Vancouvers' Omar Salgado swoops in and finishes wide past Terry Boss. 1-0, Vancouver.
Lineups: Sounders going with GK Boss, D Scott, Graham, Ianni, Wahl; M Levesque, Carrasco, Friberg, Tetteh; F Fucito, White. (Very interesting midfield.) Reserves are Alonso, Riley, Zakuani, Gonzalez, Fernandez, Estrada, Noonan, Neagle, Meredith, Ford, Parke and Montano.
For Vancouver: GK Nolly; D Knight, Janicki, Boxall, Duckett; M Khalfan Koffie, Morfaw,Teibert; F Salgado, Sanvezzo.
One hour till kickoff: Whitecaps and Sounders out on the pitch warming up. Apparnetly Terry Boss will be in goal. We should be getting the rest of the lineups soon.
Opening act: Sounders U18 Academy team beats Vancouver Whitecaps Regency team, 4-3. All goals scored in wild second half.
Here's the summary:
Sounders FC Academy 4, Whitecaps FC Residency 31-SEA Jesse Klug (Jamael Cox) 57’2-VAN Doudou Toure 68’3-SEA Glen Paden (Darwin Jones) 75’4-VAN Coulton Jackson 77’5-VAN Yasin Essa 79’6-SEA Michael Steele 85’7-SEA Darwin Jones 87’
I will add that Jones' winning goal was as well-struck a free kick as I've seen anyone in rave green launch. A chest-high swirving sizzler from the top of the area.
Today's kickoff is at 3 p.m. at Starfire. The game is sold out. We'll begin our running gameday blog/Twitter coverage once I get to the stadium, around 1:30 or so. One of the things I think should be most interesting today is getting a look at Sigi Schmid's lineup, after his heavy use of the presumed first 11 on Friday.