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Sounders win 3-1, clinch Cascadia Cup

Both occurred with Seattle’s 3-1 win over Vancouver in the final game at Empire Field before the Whitecaps move to their new home at BC Place.

After the teams swapped first-half goals, the difference was a pair of Fredy Montero goals in a short span of the second half.

The first came in the 63rd minute, as Montero received the ball in the penalty area, faked right, then pulled the ball back left and fired a sizzler past goalkeeper Joe Cannon, snapping the back of the net.

Four minutes later, Montero hit a shot from the top of the penalty area. It was deflected by Vancouver defender Jay DeMerit, but the ball looped on into the goal.

The pair of goals sent Montero past Alvaro Fernandez and back into the team lead with nine goals. But they accomplished more than that.

With the result, the Sounders concluded their Cascadia Cup competition with eight points from four games. Behind them are Portland, with four points from three games, and Vancouver with one point from three games. The Timbers will visit the Whitecaps next weekend in what is now a battle for second place in the competition of Major League Soccer’s Northwest clubs.

Seattle (15-6-9) also returned to second place in MLS, moving three points ahead of Real Salt Lake, which lost earlier in the day to D.C. United. RSL has one game in hand.

Vancouver (4-15-10) had the better chances early, and they broke through in the 22nd minute when Davide Chiumiento got past the Seattle defense, which seemed to be hoping for an offside call. Suddenly free in acres of space, Chiumiento carried down the right side, and when goalkeeper Kasey Keller slid his way, passed to Camilo who finished into the middle of the open goal.

The Whitecaps nearly added to that three minutes later when Mustapha Jarju also got behind the Seattle defense, but his shot went just wide.

Seattle equalized in the 33rd minute on a penalty kick by Brad Evans. The kick followed a DeMerit hand ball in the box on a shot by Alvero Fernandez.

The Sounders will return to CONCACAF Champions League group play on Tuesday at Comunicaciones of Guatemala.

They will resume the MLS regular season Saturday at New England.

I'll add some quotes in new posts above. Here are the unofficial stats:

VAN -- Camilo 9 (Davide Chiumiento 9, Peter Vagenas 1) 22SEA -- Brad Evans 5 (PK) 32SEA -- Fredy Montero 8 (unassisted) 63SEA -- Fredy Montero 9 (unassisted) 67

Vancouver Whitecaps-- Joe Cannon, Jonathan Leathers (Jeb Brovsky 46), Jay DeMeric, Michael Boxall, Jordan Harvey, Davide Chiumiento, Gershon Koffie, Peter Vagenas, Camilo, Eric Hassli (Long Tan 81), Mustapha Jarju (Shea Salinas 58).

Substitutes Not Used: Philippe Davies, Greg Janicki, Omar Salgado, Jay Nolly.

TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Mustapha Jarju 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Camilo 2); FOULS: 15 (Eric Hassli 5); OFFSIDES: 1 (Hassli 1); CORNER KICKS: 7 (Camilo 7); SAVES: 5 (Joe Cannon 5)

Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, Zach Scott, Jeff Parke Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez, Alvaro Fernandez (David Estrada 79, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Lamar Neagle, Nate Jaqua (Sammy Ochoa 66), Fedy Montero.

Substitutes Not Used: Servando Carrasco, Mike Fucito, Patrick Ianni, Michael Tetteh, Josh Ford.

TOTAL SHOTS: 21 (Fredy Montero 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Fredy Montero 5); FOULS: 9 (Nate Jaqua 2, Fredy Montero 2, Jeff Parke 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Fredy Montero 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Fredy Montero 4); SAVES: 6 (Kasey Keller 6)

Misconduct Summary:SEA -- Brad Evans (caution; dissent) 30VAN -- Jay DeMerit (caution; hand) 32VAN -- Eric Hassli (caution; reckless foul) 70SEA -- Jeff Parke (caution; reckless foul) 37

Referee: Jair MaruffoReferee's Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Frank Anderson4th Official: Paul WardAttendance: 21,000Time of Game: 1:50Weather: Cloudy-and-68-degrees

67th minute: GOAL Seattle. Montero scores again, this time on a deflected shot from the top of the penalty area that somehow found its way in. Seattle, 3-1.

The score sends Montero past Alvaro Fernandez and back into the team lead with nine goals on the season.

63rd minute: GOAL Seattle. Montero makes a nice little juke move in the box and then fires strong to the back of the next. Seattle, 2-1.

Halftime: Even at 1.

33rd minute: GOAL Seattle. Brad Evans scores on penalty kick after Vancouver handball in the area. 1-1.

22nd minute: GOAL Vancouver. Camilo scores into wide-open goal as Vancouver got past Sounders offside trap. Whitecaps, 1-0.

18th minute: Keller robs Boxall 1-on-1 from close range. Best two chances have been for Vancouver so far.

Kickoff: The final game at Empire Field has begun. Whitecaps in white/white. Sounders in green/green. Seattle clinches Cascadia Cup with a win. Draw or loss sends it to next weekend, when Timbers visit BC Place.

For now at least, there are some empty seats notable. ... It can't help that the Canucks also are opening their NHL season tonight.

Both clubs' supporters groups unfurled displays after the anthems. Vancouver's seemed a tribute to Empire. I couldn't really make out Seattle's from my angle.

Note: The internet connection at Empire is proving to be a little shaky. If I disappear for long stretches, assume that's the issue. Just chat among yourselves.

Elsewhere: Some extremely interesting results around MLS already today. None more interesting or relevant than DC United's 4-1 win over Real Salt Lake. Also: Los Angeles scored late to beat Columbus 1-0, Houston won the battle of Texas over Dallas by the same score, and New York beat Portland 2-0. Results and details at MLSsoccer.com.

Supporters: I was in downtown Vancouver a lot this afternoon, and there was a notable presence of rave green on Robson Street and Gastown. Now those supporters have marched chanting into Empire Field. ... Far more in number and noise than Vancouver's Southsiders supporters group. Forty minutes before kickoff, at least.

Lineups: For Seattle: GK Keller; D Scott, Parke, Hurtado, Gonzalez; M Fernandez, Alonso, Evans, Neagle; F Jaqua, Montero. Reserves: Josh Ford, Patrick Ianni, Servando Carrasco, David Estrada, Michael Tetteh, Sammy Ochoa, Mike Fucito.

For Vancouver: GK, Cannon; D Leathers, DeMerit, Boxall, Harvey; M Chiumiento, Koffie, Vagenas, Camilo; Hassli, Jarju. Reserves: Jeb Brovsky, Greg Janicki, Philippe Davies, Omar Salgado, Jay Nolly, Shea Salinas, Long Tan.

Pregame: There is a light drizzle and clouds above Empire Field tonight, a couple of hours before the Sounders-Whitecaps 7:30 p.m. kickoff. (KONG 6/16).

And in addition to the Cascadia Cup competition, the Sounders also can slide back up into second in the Supporters Shield race, as Real Salt Lake is getting pounded tonight by D.C. United.

We'll keep this blog open all night for pregame, in-game and postgame comments -- ideally from me and from you. And I'll also have in-game comments on Twitter @donruiztnt.

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