SEATTLE, WA – Vancouver Whitecaps FC (9W-9L-10D) fell 4-1 on the road against rivals Seattle Sounders FC (17W-5L-6D) on Saturday night.
Sounders FC would open the scoring five minutes in, as defender Shane O’Neill headed home a ball in from wingback Kelyn Rowe to give the home side the 1-0 lead early on.
Nine minutes later, Seattle would once again find the back of the net, with midfielder Nicolas Benezet driving in the Sounders’ second goal.
In the 18th minute, it was the ‘Caps turn to go forward.
After winning the ball back in midfield, Ryan Gauld found Deiber Caicedo in space on the far side. The Colombian then cut inside and fired a right-footed strike off the crossbar, almost scoring his fifth goal of the season.
The ‘Caps would continue to press forward and were finally rewarded for their efforts in first half stoppage time, as Gauld squared a ball into the middle for Brian White, who scored his 10th goal of the season to give the ‘Caps some life heading into the break.
However, Seattle would once again go two goals ahead at the start of the second half as Will Bruin fired a shot into the top corner to give his team the 3-1 lead.
The Blue and White would continue to push, as Dájome and White both had great chances three minutes apart to get a goal back but neither could direct their efforts past Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
Seattle would add another late as substitute Léo Chú notched his first MLS goal.
The Blue and White will now turn their focus towards another crucial Western Conference clash next Sunday, October 17 against Sporting Kansas City at BC Place. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT. You can catch the match live on TSN1 and AM730, with the radio pre-game show starting at 6 p.m. PT. Tickets are still available at whitecapsfc.com/tickets
GE Appliances VWFC Player of Quality: Ryan Gauld
Referee: Ted Unkel
5' – SEA – Shane O'Neil (Kelyn Rowe, João Paulo)
14' – SEA – Nicolas Benezet (Will Bruin, Kelyn Rowe)
45'+1 – VAN – Brian White (Ryan Gauld)
55' – SEA – Will Bruin (Fredy Montero, Kelyn Rowe)
90' – SEA – Léo Chú (Fredy Montero)
Possession: SEA 47.7% – VAN 52.3%
Shots: SEA 21 – VAN 11
Shots on Goal: SEA 10 – VAN 3
Saves: SEA 2 – VAN 5
Fouls: SEA 9 – VAN 8
Offsides: SEA 3 – VAN 2
Corners: SEA 11 – VAN 3
35' – VAN – Bruno Gaspar
42' – SEA – Yeimar Gómez Andrade
43' – SEA – Nicolas Benezet
72' – VAN – Ryan Gauld
Seattle Sounders FC
30.Stefan Cleveland; 28.Yeimar Gómez Andrade, 27.Shane O'Neill, 92.Abdoulaye Cissoko (23.Léo Chú 90'); 22.Kelyn Rowe, 6.João Paulo, 84.Josh Atencio, 94.Jimmy Medranda; 12.Fredy Montero, 20.Nicolas Benezet (75.Danny Leyva 71'); 17.Will Bruin
Substitutes not used
18.Spencer Richey, 30.Stefan Cleveland, 21.Reed Baker-Whiting, 45.Ethan Dobbelaere, 97.Juan Alvarez
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.Thomas Hasal; 26.Florian Jungwirth, 32.Patrick Metcalfe (19.Janio Bikel 71'), 28.Jake Nerwinski; 6.Bruno Gaspar, 31.Russell Teibert © (55.Michael Baldisimo 71'), 17.Leonard Owusu (2.Marcus Godinho 71'), 11.Cristian Dájome (87.Tosaint Ricketts 78'); 25.Ryan Gauld; 24.Brian White, 7.Déiber Caicedo
Substitutes not used
12.Evan Newton, 3.Cristian Gutiérrez, 22.Érik Godoy, 27.Ryan Raposo, 30.Kamron Habibullah