Seattle beats visiting Vancouver, 2-0, on second-half goals from Fredy Montero and Eddie Johnson, their eighth and 11th of the season respectively.
A crowd of 55,718 watches.
Seattle moves to 11-6-7 and past the Whitecaps (10-9-7) in the MLS standings. Seattle also moves to 1-1-1 halfway through this Cascadia Cup competition. Portland is 1-0-1 and Vancouver 0-1-2.
Here was coach Sigi Schmid’s overview of the match:
I’m happy with the 2-0 win. They’re a tough team. It was a tough game. It was a physical game, as well. But I thought our guys did well. I thought we had a good period of time in the first half when we dominated for a little bit. The start of the game was a little bit theirs; I thought the end of the first half was a little bit theirs. But then as the second half rolled on, I thought we got more opportunities. At the end of the day, I thought we got the clearer of the chances, and so we’re obviously pleased with the 2-0 win.
I’ll be back with more notes and quotes in some new posts above.
88th minute: Final Seattle substitution: Rose for Rosales. Captain’s armband to Scott.
87th minute: GOAL Seattle. Eddie Johnson gets his 11th of the season. Nice assist to Brad Evans. Sounders, 2-0.
79th minute: Scott on for Johansson.
64th minute: GOAL Seattle. Parke heads down a free kick to Montero, who touches the ball into position and finishes wide of Joe Cannon. Seattle, 1-0.
61st minute: Fredy Montero on for Alex Caskey.
Second half: … is under way. No lineup changes for either side.
Halftime: Scoreless. There have been chances, but scoreless nonetheless.
Shots 4-3 SEA, on goal 2-0 SEA; corners 2-2; fouls 8-6 SEA; duels won 52% VAN; possession 50.9 VAN.
25 minutes in: Scoreless, although near-misses by Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans for Seattle, and Kenny Miller for Vancouver.
First 10 minutes: Scoreless. But a busy start for Gspurning, who has left his area, sprinted back to his line, and now made a diving punch-out of a cross.
First kick: The game has begun. Whitecaps in white/white; Sounders in rave/blue.
Lineups: For Seattle: GK Gspurning; D Gonzalez, Parke, Hurtado, Johansson; M Caskey, Alonso, Tiffert, Evans; F Rosales, Johnson. Reserves: Ianni, Zakuani, Montero, Scott, Rose, Ochoa, Ford.
Vancouver starters: GK Cannon; D O’Brien, Rochat, Mitchell, Young-Pyo; M Koffie, Davidson, Richards; F Miller, Mattocks, Savezzo. Reserves: Harris, Teibert, Watson, Harvey, Nanchoff, Thorrington, Knighton.
Setup: It is a cloud and comfortable morning at CenturyLink Field, and the tarps are off of the upper deck seating areas in anticipation of the crowd of around 55,000 expected for the 1 p.m. match between the Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps. (Here is our preview story from this morning’s paper.)
The game will be on KING 5 and the usual radio outlets. We’ll keep this blog open all day, and will have additional information on Twitter @donruiztnt.
There already is a bit of news, as the MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Whitecaps midfielder/DP Barry Robson from today’s game for “aggravated dissent” against an assistant referee in stoppage time of Vancouver’s 2-0 loss to FC Dallas on Wednesday.
Next news might be the lineup, which should be especially interesting today, because the combination of good health and a one-game week should allow coach Sigi Schmid to go with something like an actual first 11 lineup.