The first Cascadia Cup game Vancouver vs Seattle was decided by two fabulous Fredy Montero goals.
- The Cascadia Cup officially kicked off at BC Place this evening.
- Former Sounder Fredy Montero scored two goals against his former club.
- Vancouver fight off a late Seattle challenge to win the game.
Vancouver vs Seattle
Goals: 1-0 Fredy Montero (65′) 2-0 Fredy Montero (80′) 2-1 Will Bruin (89′)
Seattle was the more active of the two clubs in the opening phase of the game, and the Sounders had the first real chance of the game when a long range effort by Clint Dempsey hit the cross bar. The early Seattle chance seemed to have awoken the Whitecaps, who then took control of the match, and Vancouver could have taken the lead when a cross by Cristian Techera found Christian Bolaños unmarked in the box, but his header went over the net. On the other side Seattle should have scored the opener, Dempsey’s attempt was cleared before the line by Vancouver’s defender Kendall Waston, however. At that point it was a wide open game with both teams looking to find the advantage, and Fredy Montero should have had the lead for Vancouver when he managed to break free in Seattle’s box his curled effort, however, failed to hit the target.
Vancouver began the second half with pressure, and Alphonso Davies could have secured the Caps an early lead, but his run in the box was stopped by Seattle’s defence. Shortly after Seattle struck back, and Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted had to do well to stop a short range attempt by Dempsey, and then shortly after had to be at his best again to save an attempt by Nicolás Lodeiro. From then on the match became an open contest with both teams looking for an advantage, and it was Vancouver’s Fredy Montero, who would finally break the deadlock with a wonderful close range header after a great cross by Christian Techera. Montero, who has previously played with Seattle, and is the Sounders’ all-time top scorer, did not celebrate the goal, and instead dropped to his knees in a sign of respect towards his former teammates. Shortly after Montero would add further misery to his former club when he scored another close range header after a header that was extended by Kendall Waston. With less than ten minutes to go Dempsey almost pulled one back, his excellent 20 yard effort beat David Ousted, but would ultimately hit the post. With moments to go Seattle found a lifeline when Will Bruin scored from close range, but Vancouver was able to hang on, and secure the three points.
Vancouver vs Seattle – Man of the Match
Fredy Montero may have scored two goals against his former club, but it was Alphonso Davies, who was the player of the game. Substituted in the 75′ minute Davies was a constant threat for Seattle’s defensive line. The 16-year-old winger created several chances, and was able to draw away defenders to make room for his attacking partners. The teenage sensation received a standing ovation when he was taken off.
Vancouver vs Seattle – Talking Point
Vancouver rebounded well after being snowed under by Real Salt Lake City last weekend. The Whitecaps have now won two MLS home games in a row, and with the Vancouver Canucks once again failing to reach the NHL playoffs the Whitecaps should make an attempt to grow their popularity with good performances at home while being the only sport show in town.
The first clash between Vancouver and Seattle also officially kicks off the 2017 Cascadia Cup. The Cascadia Cup is one of many cups played out among Major League Soccer teams. For more on the Cascadia Cup, and some other trophies awarded, including a canon, between teams check out the latest World Football Index Don’t Call it Soccer Podcast (see below).
Vancouver vs Seattle – Match Stats
- This is the first Cascadia Cup game of the season.
- Fredy Montero scored his second, and third goal of the Major League Soccer season.
- David Ousted fails to secure his second clean sheet of the season.
Vancouver vs Seattle – Line-ups
David Ousted – Harvey, Waston, Parker, Williams – Laba, Teibert – Techera (Rosales 86′), Bolaños, Davies (Mezquida 75′) – Montero
Coach: Carl Robinson
Marschall – Jones, Marshall, Svensson, Fisher (Wingo 77′) – Roldan, Alonso – Shipp (Bruin 67′), Dempsey, Lodeiro – Morris
Coach: Brian Schmetzer