TUKWILA, WA – Irvin Parra, Zach Mathers, and Felix Chenkam scored to give Seattle Sounders FC 2 a 3-0 victory over Whitecaps FC 2 in a Cascadia clash at Starfire Sports Complex on Sunday evening.
WFC2 got a bit of a boost in the second half with the return of Brett Levis and Chris Serban from injuries but it was not their evening, as they were reduced to 10 men in the dying minutes after Myer Bevan was sent off with a straight red card.
Sounders FC 2 opened the scoring in the 21st minute, following an acrobatic diving save by WFC2 goalkeeper Spencer Richey on Mathers’ direct free kick. The ensuing corner was initially broken by centre back Francis de Vries, but the threat lingered in the Vancouver box, as Samuel Rogers got his head on the ball before Parra stabbed in a right-footed volley for the 1-0 lead.
Mathers doubled the Seattle advantage in the 38th minute when he slid in to dispossess Richey right in front of net, poking in the loose ball to give S2 the 2-0 lead going into halftime.
Seattle picked up where they left off after intermission, tallying another goal just six minutes into the second frame. Henry Wingo initiated the attack when he won possession in the Vancouver half, then slipped in a pass to Parra down the right wing. The midfielder then whipped in a cross to Chenkam for a first-time finish.
On the other end, Levis looked lively along the left wing in his first minutes since suffering a right knee injury during his MLS debut in the 2016 regular season finale. Serban was steady at his right back position, stymieing a pair of threats in his first appearance in over two months.
Despite their efforts, WFC2 drop to a 4W-12L-6D record, while S2 improve to 8W-13L-2D.
Whitecaps FC 2 now head out for a Texas road swing, beginning with a visit to Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday, August 19. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. PT live on whitecapsfc.com.
They are back home on Saturday, August 27 when they host LA Galaxy II at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley for Star Wars Day. Visit whitecapsfc2.com for tickets.
Referee: Chipalo Street
21’ – SEA – Irvin Parra (Samuel Rogers)
38’ – SEA – Zach Mathers
51’ – SEA – Felix Chenkam (Irvin Parra)
Possession: SEA 55.6% – VAN 44.4%
Shots: SEA 16 – VAN 6
Shots on Goal: SEA 6 – VAN 1
Saves: SEA 1 – VAN 3
Fouls: SEA 20 – VAN 21
Offsides: SEA 1 – VAN 2
Corners: SEA 6 – VAN 0
21’ – SEA – Irvin Parra
69’ – SEA – Zach Mathers
84’ – VAN – Myer Bevan
Seattle Sounders FC 2
1.Tyler Miller; 21.Jordy Delem, 53.Samuel Rogers, 15.Tony Alfaro, 34.Brian Nana-Sinkam; 88.Ray Saari ©, 77.Francisco Narbón (31.Lorenzo Ramos 61‘); 38.Irvin Parra (12.Seyi Adekoya 56’), 32.Zach Mathers, 23.Henry Wingo; 99.Felix Chenkam (70.Guy Serge Edoa 59’)
Substitutes not used
64.Sam Fowler, 37.Shandon Hopeau, 71.David Olsen, 78.Charles Renken
Whitecaps FC 2
18.Spencer Richey; 65.Matthew Baldisimo (55.Chris Serban 61‘), 14.Cole Seiler, 33.Francis de Vries ©, 62.Deklan Wynne; 66.Michael Baldisimo (58.Will Seymore 73’), 42.David Norman Jr., 32.Marco Bustos; 64.Thomas Gardner, 45.Myer Bevan, 61.Terran Campbell (46.Brett Levis 61’)
Substitutes not used
40.Sean Melvin, 54.Gloire Amanda, 57.Thomas Sanner, 63.Kadin Chung