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MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps’ Grand Performance Seals First Cascadian Rivalry Match Victory

Darren Mattocks

Anne-Marie Sorvin – USA TODAY Sports

In the game of the week in Major League Soccer, the Seattle Sounders visited the Vancouver Whitecaps to battle out another Cascadian rivalry match. The game was full of action for 90-plus minutes, but in the end, one side earned all three points.

The first half started with captain Kenny Miller controlling a long ball, cutting inside a defender and then slotting home into the bottom far corner to give his Whitecaps the lead.

Seattle would pass, push and out-shoot the home side, but nothing seemed to go their way.

Eddie Johnson was thwarted in a one-on-one chance as keeper Brad Knighton bravely palmed his shot away.

Obafemi Martins had a couple of chances but could never get off a proper shot as the defense of Vancouver stood firm throughout.

Darren Mattocks scored the final goal in the 2-0 victory minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Camilo Sanvezzo was his usual self: making runs, passing the ball and dancing around defenders. He holds a lot of responsibility in the final third, but unlike previous seasons, he has a lot of help nowadays.

Seattle did everything right except defend thoroughly and find the back of the net. Their passing, offensive patience and chance creation were all there. Without execution, winning games is not all that possible.

This was the first ever Cascadian victory for Vancouver. They defended successfully, scored goals and their fans were behind them throughout the 90-plus minutes. This type of performance will be expected form them not only in every home game but in away games as well. It won’t be easy, but this team could make the postseason with results like this.