Still No Match for Seattle in Cascadia: Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Recap

What looked twice as if it were going to be a disastrous day for Seattle ended up as a magnificent show of poise as the Sounders rallied twice from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with the rival Vancouver Whitecaps.  Vancouver took the early lead in the 12th minute as Rochat was able to make an uncontested run to the box on a cross and drove the ball past Meredith.  The Sounders responded somewhat unsteadily to the goal as they were unable to get the ball into Vancouver’s third of the field for much of the first half.  The team was lacking intensity but that problem was clearly solved in the locker room.

After half time the boys in rave green proved their mettle.  Vancouver nearly doubled their lead but in the 47th minute, Mauro Rosales found the head of an onrushing Eddie Johnson who loomed high over his defender to tie the match up at one apiece.  Following this impressive goal the Sounders dominated the rest of the second half.  The Sounders kept constant pressure on the Vancouver defense forcing Whitecaps keeper, Cannon to make some impressive stops.  In the 82nd minute, Vancouver’s Koffie scored against the run of play and it looked grim once again for the Sounders.  But once again, Fredy Montero came up big as he danced around two Whitecap defenders before blasting a shot into the goal to tie the game again at 2-2 in the 90th minute.  The well-earned draw also kept up Seattle’s unbeaten streak in Cascadia Cup competition.