Before 55,718 Seattle faithful and a group of visiting Vancouver supporters, the Sounders defeated the Whitecaps 2-0. Forwards Fredy Montero and Eddie Johnson scored second half goals for the home side. The victory moved Seattle into second place behind Western Conference leaders, the San Jose Earthquakes.
Coaches Video Reactions
Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid and his Vancouver counterpart Martin Rennie commented on the match results. Schmid was pleased with the result and the play of his team in the second half. Rennie viewed the loss as a bump in the road and remains positive about Vancouver's chances the rest of the season.
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Man of the Match: Fredy Montero
The streaky forward entered the match as a substitute in the 61st minute. Three minutes later, he received a chested pass from defender Jeff Parke inside the box. The Colombian sent a soft shot underneath the Vancouver keeper for the game winning goal and his eighth MLS tally of the year.
"Fredy's mentality is that he wants to get out there, he wants to make a difference, he wants to be a game-changer, whether he starts or it ends up he doesn't start."--Sigi Schmid, Sounders FC head coach
Eddie Johnson's Goal and Brad Evans' AssistBrad Evans made a seeing-eye cross to Eddie Johnson, who was open in front of the net. The Seattle striker had a wide-open net and made no mistake in nailing his 11th goal of the year.
"Before the game I told Brad [Evans] if he ever got time and space out wide that if they give me the back post I'll come like I'm coming to the near if he's cheating and I'll go to the back post, and vice-versa. Brad played an amazing ball across the box."--Eddie Johnson, Sounders FC forward
"It was a good, positive touch and I looked up, had a glance, and actually didn't see anybody in the box. I just knew that they were there so I tried to play it across. My earlier crosses weren't very successful so I just focused on getting this one out of the goalkeeper's reach and giving our guys a chance."--Brad Evans, Sounders FC midfielder
Seattle's Dynamic Scoring Duo
Johnson and Montero both want to lead the Sounders in the scoring column. The tandem are in friendly and productive competition that's yielded wins for Seattle.
"Fredy is competitive. I'm competitive. I think he's trying to be the leading goal scorer. That's one of my goals, too. So if we're both trying to be leading goal scorers it's going to get more goals from both of us so it's good for the team."--Eddie Johnson
In their last two MLS matches, the Sounders drew over 60,000 for their LA Galaxy matchup and 55,000+ against Vancouver.
"Maybe we have to think about opening up the upper level every game. It's always amazing in front of this crowd. Before the game, if you walk through the tunnel, you get goose bumps. It's amazing."--Michael Gspurning, Sounders FC keeper
"I think back to 2008 when I first found out I was coming here, then hearing there were 5,000 then 10,000 season-ticket holders. All of a sudden, four years later it's 55,000 for a league game. That's unheard of and it's really something special."--Brad Evans
They Said It"It's always disappointing to lose, especially with the fans making the trip down here. I thought it was a good game, two good teams and a rivalry that can grow to become very strong in the league."--Martin Rennie, Vancouver head coach
"We were the clearer team in the second half. We had more clear chances and I'm happy we scored the two goals to control the game to the end...That was very good for us because it's very important to beat them for the Cascadia Cup - it's a derby - to represent for the club and for us."--Mauro Rosales, Sounders FC midfielder
Source: Sounders FC media relations
John Zielonka has been reporting on the Sounders since they joined Major League Soccer
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