Sounders win 9th straight, clinch 2018 Cascadia Cup

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Sounders FC celebrates its first Cascadia Cup title since 2015 after a 2-1 road win over Vancouver at BC Place (Mike Fiechtner / Seattle Sounders FC).

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – A playoff-like atmosphere with major postseason implications produced an intense contest on Saturday night, as Seattle Sounders FC (13-9-5, 44 points) bested Vancouver Whitecaps FC (11-10-7, 40 points) by a final score of 2-1 at BC Place.

The result gives Seattle its first Cascadia Cup since 2015, bringing home the regional trophy that formally began in 2004 by the biggest supporters groups of each of the three Pacific Northwest sides – Seattle’s Emerald City Supporters, Portland’s Timbers Army and Vancouver’s Southsiders.

Though the Timbers and Whitecaps still have a match to play, tonight’s three points for Seattle put the cup out of reach and back into the Rave Green’s trophy cabinet. This is the organization’s fifth Cascadia Cup dating back to the USL era, with Seattle’s last clinching of the trophy coming on Vancouver’s home turf in September 2015.

 

Raul Ruidíaz netted two goals to sustain Seattle’s single-season MLS record for a winning streak in the post-shootout era (nine games), keeping the Rave Green above the postseason cutoff line. Seattle sits in fifth place, now four points ahead of Vancouver in the race for the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. The club is currently tied with Portland for that position on points, but is ahead of the Timbers via the total wins tiebreaker. Currently, just seven points separate the teams between second and sixth in the West. Meanwhile, Seattle’s unbeaten run moves to 12 matches, just one game shy of the single-season club record that was set in 2017.

SCORING SUMMARY
SEA – Raúl Ruidíaz (Kelvin Leerdam, Cristian Roldan) 21′
SEA – Raúl Ruidíaz 42′
VAN – Kei Kamara (Nicolás Mezquida) 45’+4′

 

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