SEATTLE, WA— (club release) A second-half free kick from midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz was not enough for Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday evening, as the Rave Green dropped their first Cascadia Cup clash of 2016 against the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Pedro Morales recorded a brace for the visitors, as Seattle lost its third consecutive MLS contest of the 2016 campaign. After a bye week to conclude the month of March, Seattle returns to league play on Saturday, April 2, with Seattle taking on the Montreal Impact on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field (7:00 p.m. PT / Q13 FOX, Univision-Seattle, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, El Rey 1360 AM).
Vancouver established an early lead after referee Mark Geiger awarded the Whitecaps a penalty in the ninth minute of play, as attacker Christian Bolaños contested a through ball with Sounders FC defender Joevin Jones. Morales buried the spot-kick a minute later, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Seattle pulled level after the break, as Ivanschitz lined-up a stunning free kick from the top of Vancouver’s area, beating Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted at his near post. Ivanschitz now has two goals since signing with Seattle last season, both coming against Vancouver after scoring the opening tally in a 3-0 win at BC Place on September 19.
Sounders FC’s lead was short-lived, as Vancouver forward Blas Perez won a penalty during a challenge from Seattle defender Chad Marshall, paving the way for a second Morales penalty kick. The Chilean buried his ensuing spot-kick of the evening, allowing Whitecaps FC to claim all three points in the first Cascadia Cup clash between the two sides in 2016. The two rivals are set to meet again twice this season – on September 17 at CenturyLink Field and October 2 at BC Place in Vancouver. Last season, Sounders FC won the Cascadia Cup for the first time since 2011.
Sounders FC is now 5-6-4 all-time versus Vancouver in MLS regular season play, including a 2-4-1 record at CenturyLink Field. Dating back to October 10, 2014, the visiting side has won the past five league matchups. Overall, the Cascadian rivals have faced each other 140 times since the 1970s, with Seattle holding a 66-51-23 advantage.
(Cover photo by Jeff Halstead)
Seattle Sounders FC 1 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Venue: Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field
Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistants: Frank Anderson, Matthew Nelson
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Weather: 57 degrees and cloudy
VAN – Pedro Morales (penalty) 10′
SEA -Andreas Ivanschitz 52′
VAN -Pedro Morales (penalty) 74′
VAN – Octavio Rivero (caution) 35′
SEA – Andreas Ivanschitz (caution) 44′
VAN – Pedro Morales (caution) 51′
SEA – Tyrone Mears (caution) 71′
SEA – Chad Marshall (caution) 73′
VAN – Blas Perez (caution) 82′
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears, Zach Scott – captain, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones; Osvaldo Alonso, Cristian Roldan, Andreas Ivanschitz (Aaron Kovar 88′); Jordan Morris (Oalex Anderson 71′), Nelson Valdez, Clint Dempsey
Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Dylan Remick, Nathan Sturgis, Tony Alfaro, Oniel Fisher
Total shots: 19 (Dempsey, 9)
Shots on goal: 5 (5 players tied with 1)
Fouls: 14 (Marshall, 3)
Offside: 2 (Roldan/Valdez, 1)
Corner-kicks: 8 (Ivanschitz, 7)
Saves: 5 (Frei, 5)
Vancouver Whitecap FC – David Ousted; Jordan Harvey, Kendall Waston, Tim Parker, Fraser Aird; Pedro Morales – captain (Masato Kudo 84′), Matias Laba, Christian Bolanos, Kekuta Manneh (Cristian Techera 83′), Blas Perez; Octavio Rivero (Andrew Jacobson 78′)
Substitutes not used: Paolo Tornaghi, Sam Adekugbe, Masato Kudo, Nicolas Mezquida, Cole Seiler
Total shots: 9 (Morales, 2)
Shots on goal: 7 (Morales, 3)
Fouls: 20 (Perez/Aird, 3)
Offside: 1 (Perez, 1)
Corner-kicks: 1 (Techera, 1)
Saves: 4 (Ousted, 4)
- After Saturday’s result, Sounders FC fell to a regular season record of 0-3-0. It marks the first time in club history the Rave Green have zero points through the first three matches of a campaign. Across all competitions, including the Knockout Round of the 2015-2016 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League against Club America, Sounders FC is 0-4-1 in 2016.
- Sounders FC is now 5-6-4 all-time versus Vancouver in MLS regular season play, including a 2-4-1 record at CenturyLink Field. Dating back to October 10, 2014, the visiting side has won the past five league matchups. Overall, the Cascadian rivals have faced each other 140 times since the 1970s, with Seattle holding a 66-51-23 advantage.
- Saturday’s match marked the first Cascadia Cup matchup of 2016, which is the regional trophy decided between Seattle, Vancouver and Portland. Vancouver takes the early three-point lead over the other two sides. Last season, Sounders FC won the Cascadia Cup for the first time since 2011 after a 3-0 win at Vancouver’s BC Place in September.
- For the third time in club history, Sounders FC allowed two penalty kicks in a match. The last occurrence was May 26, 2013 at the LA Galaxy.
- Forward Clint Dempsey tied the club record for most shots in a single game with nine. He matched Fredy Montero’s mark from May 23, 2012 vs. Columbus Crew SC.
- Seattle’s seven cautions over the past two contests ties a club record.