The Vancouver Whitecaps scored early and late to take their first MLS victory over Seattle Sounders FC, 2-0, Saturday at BC Place.
Kenny Miller opened the scoring in the fourth minute, and Darren Mattocks closed it in the 79th minute. The Sounders had by far the better chances in between, but they couldn’t work anything past Vancouver goalkeeper Brad Knighton.
It was the Whitecaps first MLS win in a Cascadia Cup match after seven losses and five draws. And that instantly moved the Whitecaps into the 2013 Cascadia Cup lead with Seattle, both at 1-1-1, with the Portland Timbers behind at 0-1-1.
The result also extended Vancouver’s unbeaten streak at home to 6-0-3.
It all started with a long lofted pass from Corey Hertzog to Miller, who took one touch in the box, then used a second touch to cut right past Sounders defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado before knocking the ball in off the far post.
Seattle (7-6-3) responded by attacking the Whitecaps (8-5-5) aggressively. However for all their domination, nothing got past Knighton.
Over a three-minute stretch starting in the 22nd minute, he went to the turf for saves against Eddie Johnson, Zach Scott, Johnson again, and then Martins. By halftime he had matched his season high with five saves.
However, it was Vancouver that finally broke through again, this time with Mattocks chipping a shot around Djimi Traore and past goalkeeper Michael Gspurning.
The game was the league-record 400th game coached by Seattle’s Sigi Schmid (179-124-97).
The Sounders return to action Saturday at San Jose.
79' DeAndre Yedlin in for Leo Gonzalez.
72' Mauro Rosales on for Lamar Neagle.
Second half: ... is under way.
Halftime: Vancouver, 1-0. Lots and lots and lots and lots of Sounders chances.
Shots, 10-5 SEA; on goal 5-2 SEA; possession, saves 5-1 VAN; 50.1% SEA
Through 30 minutes: Sounders answered the goal by taking over run of play, but Vancouver keeper Brad Knighton has been dazzling, making big stops on Scott, Johnson and Martins. Still, 1-0 Whitecaps.
4th minute: Kenny Miller comes down the left side, jukes past Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, and scores off the far post.
First kick: ... has been struck. Sounders in rave/rave; Whitecaps in white/white.
Lineups: For Sounders: G Gspurning; D Scott, Hurtado, Traore, Gonzalez; M Evans, Joseph, Carrasco, Neagle; F Johnson, Martins.Reserves: Hahnemann, Yedlin, Ianni, Burch, Rosales, Estrada, Rose.For Whitecaps: Knighton; Lee, Rusin, Leveron, Harvey; Reo-Coker, Davidson, Koffie; Hertzog, Camilo, Miller. Reserves: Cannon, Watson, Mattocks, Kobayashi, Manneh, Heinemann, Klazura.
Pregame: Roof is open at BC Place for Whitecaps-Sounders tonight.[/caption]It's a warm, beaufitful day in Vancouver, and so the roof is oepn at BC Place for the Whitecaps-Sounders match tonight.
Kickoff has been listed as 8 p.m., but game is being shown on NBCSN, which usually means a long pregame show and a first click closer to 8:20-8:25. Game on usual radio outlets, will be blogged here, and tweeted @donruiztnt.
I'll be back when news breaks, maybe starting with lineups. And those could be very interesting as both teams played Wednesday, and for the Whitecaps it's also the third game in eight days.