[caption id="attachment_17322" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Vancouver supporters show the club, national and Canucks colors at Qwest Field."] [/caption]It's gone final at 2-2... and up-and-down game which has to be considered a disappointment for the Sounders, who are now 0-0-2 with both of their Cascadia Cup home games behind them.
“I thought we had more of the game for most of the night," coach Sigi Schmid said. "Obviously we fell behind on the penalty kick. I thought we had a bunch of good chances, half chances. I thought we were around the goal. I thought the soccer we played at times was very good. We eventually got the lead, then we made a mistake in the back and Hassli makes an unbelievable shot. So you walk away 2-2. For the gist of the game, I thought we were the better team.”
VAN -- Eric Hassli 5 (penalty kick) 29SEA -- Mauro Rosales 1 (unassisted) 81SEA -- Osvaldo Alonso 1 (unassisted) 84VAN -- Eric Hassli 6 (unassisted) 85
Vancouver Whitecaps-- Joe Cannon, Jonathan Leathers, Jay DeMerit, Mouloud Akloul, Alain Rochat, Shea Salinas (Bilal Duckett 90), Gershon Koffie, Jeb Brovsky (Michael Nanchoff 85), Camilo, Davide Chiumiento (Peter Vagenas 73), Eric Hassli.
Substitutes Not Used: Alexandre Morfaw, Greg Janicki, Omar Salgado, Kevin Guppy.
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Eric Hassli 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Eric Hassli 2); FOULS: 12 (Alain Rochat 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Eric Hassli 1); CORNER KICKS: 1 (Davide Chiumiento 1); SAVES: 3 (Joe Cannon 3)
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Lamar Neagle (Nate Jaqua 59), Mauro Rosales (Erik Friberg 83), Fredy Montero, Mike Fucito (Miguel Montano 65).
Substitutes Not Used: Leo Gonzalez, Pat Noonan, Zach Scott, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Fredy Montero 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Osvaldo Alonso 2); FOULS: 13 (Brad Evans 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Brad Evans 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Mauro Rosales 3); SAVES: 2 (Kasey Keller 2)
Misconduct Summary:VAN -- Alain Rochat (caution; Reckless Tackle) 46+SEA -- Osvaldo Alonso (caution; Dissent) 47+VAN -- Camilo (caution; Reckless Tackle) 55VAN -- Jonathan Leathers (caution; Delaying a Restart) 71 Referee: Mark GeigerReferee's Assistants:-Eric Boria; Steven Taylor4th Official: Ismail ElfathAttendance: 36,502Time of Game: 1:51Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-62-degrees85th minute:
GOAL. Vancouver equalizes as Hassli fires a pretty certain goal-of-the-week winner on a turn and fire to the top far corner from 20 yards.
84th minute: GOAL. Sounders jump ahead 2-1 as Alonso scores from top of penalty area.
81st minute: GOAL. Sounders equalize as Rosales scores. 1-1.
74th minute: Vancouver subs in former Sounder Pete Vagenas.
Attendance: 36,502. (It was 36,593 for Portland's visit.)
65th minute: Fucito out, Montano in.
59th minute: Neagle out, Jaqua in.
55th minute: Yellow to Camilo.
Second half: ... has begun. Referees greeted with boos at they take the pitch.
Halftime: Vancouver leads 1-0. Teams leave pitch with yellows to Alonso and Rochat.
29th minute: GOAL. Vancouver goes ahead 1-0 on penalty kick by Hassli. Kick was awarded when Osvaldo Alonso was ruled to have knocked down Camilo inside the top of the penalty area.
First 15 minutes: The good chances have belonged to Vancouver so far. And there have been a couple of them.
Kickoff: We're under way. Sounders in green/blue, Whitecaps in white/white.
Nice pregame displays by Vancouver and Seattle supporters ... but of course there's no topping that pregame Portland display. And, unfortunately, the singer botched the lyrics to "O, Canada."
Lineups: For Seattle: GK Keller; D Riley, Parke, Hurtado, Wahl; M Evans, Alonso, Neagle, Rosales; F Montero, Fucito. Reserves: Boss, Friberg, Gonzalez, Jaqua, Montano, Noonan, Scott.
For Vancouver: GK Cannon; D Rochat, DeMerit, Akloul, Leathers; Camilo, Koffie, Brovsky, Salinas; F Hassli, Chiumiento. Reserves: Guppy, Duckett, Janicki, Morfaw, Nanchoff, Salgado, Vagenas.
100 minutes until kickoff: The Vancouver supporters are marching into that some wedge of northeast corner seats where the Timbers Army watched the earlier Cascadia Cup match.
Pregame: It looks like the Sounders' streak of nasty weather is coming to an end, as it is a glorious sunshiny day here at Qwest Field.
The Sounders and Whitecaps kick off at 7:30 p.m. The game is sold out, but will be shown live on Fox Soccer Channel (now in hi-def). We'll also keep this blog open all evening for pregame, in-game and postgame notes and for your comments.