[caption id="attachment_34003" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Sounders-Whitecaps just before kickoff of tonight's Cascadia Cup match at BC Place."] [/caption]The Sounders had never scored fewer than two goals in an MLS game against the Whitecaps. But that run came to an end tonight as the clubs played to a scoreless draw before a sellout crowd of 21,000 at BC Place.
The win puts Seattle at 13-7-10 in league play. That assures a fourth-straigh playoff berth, however they also could lose a couple of points to Salt Lake, which got two-goals up early on Chivas USA tonight. Vancouver moves to 10-12-9.
Portland remains atop the Cascadia Cup standings with eight points (2-0-2), Seattle goes to six points (1-1-3), and Vancouver to three (0-2-3).
The Timbers visit CenturyLink Field next Sunday, obviously with their current lead on the line.
I'll be back with reaction from the locker rooms.
21,000, the sellout number.
74th minute: Second Sounders sub: Rose on, Evans off.
70th minute: Zakuani in for Rosales.
Through 60 minutes: Sounders seem to have weathered that big Whitecaps opening of this half. Seattle has had some dangerous counters. Still scoreless.
First five minutes of second half: ... belong to Whitecaps. Two Gspurning saves already.
Second half: ... is under way. No additional substitutions.
Halftime: Scoreless. However, Vancouver lost Mattocks and Thorrington to injury.
Shots 6-4 Seattle; on goal 1-0 Sea; corners 2-2; duels won 52.7% Van; possession 56.6% Seattle.
First 30 minutes: Still scoreless. Still a good one. Maybe a little more of the play tilting to Vancouver. Brave, brilliant tackle by Parke in the box a second ago.
First 15 minute: Rough game. Lots of energy. Pretty even play, although best two chances probably to Sounders.
Kickoff: We're under way: Sounders in rave/rave; Whitecaps in brown/brown. (Yes, brown/brown.)
First kick: We are told now that while the NBCSN telecast begins at 6 p.m., tonight's actual first kick will be 6:21. Sorry.
Lineups: Sounders starting this way: Sounders starters: GK Gspurning: D Johansson, Parke, Hurtado, Gonzalez; M Rosales, Alonso, Tiffert, Evans; F Montero, Johnson. Reserves: Weber, Burch, Martinez, Ochoa, Rose, Scott, Zakuani.
Whitecaps have just tweeted this starting lineup: Knighton; Lee, O'Brien, DeMerit, Harvey; Koffie, Rochat, Robson Thorrington; Mattocks, Miller. Reserves: Cannon, Bonjour, Camilo, Davidson, Harris, Teibert, Watson.
(Vancouver keeper Brad Knighton has six appearances, four starts, no shutouts and 1.28 GAA.)
Pregame: It's a mild and hazy day in Vancouver, but the roof is open at BC Place for tonight's Cascadia Cup match: Sounders at Whitecaps at 6 p.m.
The game will be shown on NBCSN and heard on the usual radio stations. We'll keep this post open all evening for pregame, in-game and postgame news. And we'll have other updates on Twitter @donruiz.tnt.[caption id="attachment_33987" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Sounders supporters make their presence known before match at BC Place."] [/caption]