Whitecaps vs Sounders A 2-0 Defeat
After a great first half that saw the Whitecaps vs Sounders deadlocked at 0. Seattle was able to prove why they won the MLS last season. Nicolas Lodeiro, Raul Ruidiaz was too much for an under-manned Whitecaps squad.
Vancouver made 7 changes to the lineup for the Tuesday nights match after only 2 days of rest. The youngsters were able to "Park the Bus" and hold off the Sounders for the first half. Theo Bair had a couple of chances on the counter and one great chance that took a bad touch late in the half.
The second saw no changes for either side to start things and the tired legs of Vancouver would soon show. Seattle would score in the
News, Notes, and Lineups
Head coach Marc Dos Santos stressed in a media availability on Monday that there would be lots of changes. he was not kidding as the Whitecaps would make 7 changes to the starting lineup that came from behind to beat the Quakes 2-1. They would also switch to a 3-4-3 that will probably be more a 5-3-1.
Tosaint Ricketts, Janio Bikel, Ranko Vesenlinovic, and Evan Bush are the returning starters. Theo Bair gets the startup top while Ryan Raposo starts at the left-wing. Cristian Gutierrez, Russell Teibert, Michael Baldisimo round out the midfield with Bikel. Derek Cornelius and Andy Rose will be on either side of Ranko at the back.
After a match on Saturday and some players running over 12km's, we knew there would be lots of change. It is also a nice mix of savvy veterans and young and up and comers. Whitecaps vs Sounders will need to pull out all the stops Tuesday night. Brian Schmetzer will be looking to get back in the win column after two draws and a loss.
3 changes as players return from international duty. Raul Ruidiaz, Xavier Arreaga, and Joao Paulo all slot back into the lineup. Nouhou, Yeimar Gomez, and Kelvin Leerdam will be the back 4 in front of Stefan Frei. a 4-2-3-1 formation with Gustav Svensson joining Paulo in a holding role.
Whitecaps vs Sounders Watched The Paint Dry In The First Half
The Sounders would kick things off to start the match but quickly turn it over to Vancouver. The Whitecaps would work down the right-hand side winning several deep throws before Seattle could clear the pressure. The Whitecaps would show some nice possession early but almost have a costly mistake in the 4th minute. Andy Rose had a bad pass to Ranko but he was able to recover.
The Sounders would turn things back the other way and cause some danger in the box in the 8th minute. Morris chipped it in but it was cleared away after bouncing around. A couple of more nervous minutes as Seattle was able to switch it and Ruidiaz got a cross in. It was just flicked away by Vancouver and as we hit the 11-minute mark things were scoreless.
Despite the changes for Vancouver and the strong lineup from the Sounders the match was pretty even to start. Seattle was holding more of the ball but there wasn't very much room for them to try and break the lines. a 15th minute foul by Roldan would give Vancouver back the ball but it was turned over right away. Bikel would clear a cross out of touch in the 17th minute for the first corner of the match. The Sounders would get a chance on the second phase but it was blocked before it got through to Evan Bush.
Things would open up as Bikel would get a foot in to knock it up to Raposo. He had a perfect through ball to Theo Bair but Gomez was able to get there and knock it out for Vancouver's first corner. Gutierrez whipped it in and it was punched out by Frei. As things rolled into the 21st minute The Whitecaps vs Sounders was still scoreless but it was evident the match would have goals.
Things would get sloppy for the next several minutes as the teams looked to find their forms. A lot of balls out of touch and a lot of long balls over the top by both squads. The Sounders were holding more of the ball but it was so far a perfect road match for the Whitecaps. I know they are the home team but they aren't really. A 30th minute foul by Derek Cornelius on Ruidiaz would win the Sounders a dangerous free-kick. Lodeiro would send it into a dangerous spot but it was cleared easily.
The chance for a counter was definitely there for the Whitecaps vs Sounders. A lot of room when they would win the ball back Theo Bair had been using his physicality well. Vancouver would earn a 34th-minute throw and try and slow things down. There looked to be a dangerous chance for the Sounders but Morris, who had been quiet in the first half, was offside in the 36th minute. The best chance for the Sounders would come in the 44th minute.
A great cross and Leerdam looked like he was giving his team the 1-0 lead. Cornelius was just able to get a head on it and send it out for a corner. Ruidiaz had a chance but Evan bush was able to tip up the header right to himself. There would be one added minute and Vancouver would be extremely happy to get to the half with a 0-0 scoreline. 0 shots on target or at all for the whitecaps and only 33 possession.
Sounders Prove Too Much In The Second Half
No changes for either side to start the half. Roldan would get the first chance for Seattle as he was able to beat his man down the right side and skip a cross in. Evan Bush was quick off his line before it could fall to a waiting Ruidiaz. It was all Sounders 5 minutes into the second half as Vancouver was just trying to hold on. Lodeiro would get a chance on the net but his left-footed shot was weak and an easy save for Bush.
In the 54th minute, Seattle would give up the opening goal. Nouhou would send in a great ball and Ruidiaz would bury it into the back of the net. It was whistled for offside but then VAR would change it to a goal. 1-0 for the Sounders in the 54th minute. Marc Dos Santos would start to use his subs bringing on Lucas Cavallini and Cristian Dajome for Bair and Raposo right after the goal in the 56th minute. Fredy Montero would replace Andy Rose as Vancouver would revert back to a 4-4-2.
It didn't help as the Whitecaps vs Sounders would go down 2-0. Yeimar would deliver a great ball down the line to Ruidiaz. He was able to beat Veselinovic and cut it back to Lodeiro who found the far side of the net. After a great first half, Vancouver was down two at the 60th-minute mark. Cavallini would get the first yellow card of the match in the 62nd minute. The Whitecaps would show a bit of life in the 64th minute as Montero and Cavallini would win a corner. It was wasted and things would stay two-nil.
Vancouver would get another corner kick but Gutierrez would send the delivery right to Frei. Seattle would counter back and almost score a third goal as Roldan would put the volley wide of the net in the 68th minute. MDS would appear to be going for a draw bringing on Leonard Owusu and Ali Adnan in the 71st minute. Ricketts and Teibert would make way and the Whitecaps would get a chance in the box right away. Schmetzer would make his first sub in the 73rd minute Joevin Jones would replace Paulo.
Faint chants of "come on Vancouver" could be heard from the Southside. But it was the Sounders who would be on the attack. Nouhou was all over the park and won a corner kick in the 76th minute. Vancouver was able to clear and start to control more of the ball. They would win a free kick in the 81st minute and Ali Adnan was looking to make it two games in a row. His shot was slightly off and tipped out by Frei but a goal kick was given by Fotis Bazakos.
Alex Roldan and Roman Torres would replace Leerdam and Morris in the 83rd minute. Vancouver was looking for at least one goal as things would wind down in the match. The Whitecaps looked to win a penalty kick when Dajome was fouled in the box but it wasn't even checked. Things would go from bad to worse as after 4 added minutes Derek Cornelius would go down with a leg injury. He stayed down for several minutes and would get treatment from Ali Adnan before getting actual treatment. he would carry on for a final couple of minutes.
It was a frustrating game for the Whitecaps vs Sounders but there were some positive things to take from it. The young kids looked good in the first half to shut down a strong Sounders squad. The legs just were not there and some questionable calls and Seattle would get back into the win column.
Post Match Comments
It was a bit of a wait tonight for the post match media but Marc Dos Santos was up first. His spirits were better than imagined but he was not kind to VAR,
"I'm a little bit frustrated with the goal we conceded the first one, because I don't understand the rules of VAR, and the linesman lifted his flag, it's offside. And then it needs to be clear and obvious and for me, the images that I saw, it is not clear and obvious."
MDS would also touch on the play of the young squad in the first half, "If we want young players to grow, they have to be involved in very hard games that mean something. And tonight, we had a lot of U-23 players that could represent Canada in the Olympic team. You had Derek, Guti, Ryan Raposo, Theo Bair. To give them a game that has so much meaning allows them to grow, understand the game, and become even better."
Russell Teibert was up next and spoke on the 7 Canadians that started for Vancouver, "It's great to see, you want Canadian soccer to keep growing and growing. It’s not just the Canadian boys that I'm proud. I’m proud of the whole team today, especially in the first half coming out strong and sticking to our game plan. I have been proud of this team all season long."
Derek Cornelius would also speak after the Whitecaps vs Sounders match.
“Every game there's pros and cons. I've said it a few times now, every game we re-watch them, we go through it with the coaching staff, the whole team. We see where we've been good, we see areas where we can improve on. I think this game is going to be no different. The back five is not a formation we've used too much this year."
Unnamed Sports Show Points of The Match
This one is going to be a stretch tonight. Things weren't as somber as I thought they would be for post-match media but they were still somber. The Whitecaps vs Sounders was a kick into the playoff run for Vancouver.
Post Tweet Of The Match
Grand Chancellor Aug has a ring to it but I kind of feel like we are heading down that Sith lord kind of thing here. The Optimist Union is under new control for the final two matches of the season. #CapsOnTour
Ali Adnan "Best Medic"
Derek Cornelius went down late in the match with a bad cramp. Don't worry cause Ali Adnan was right there to stretch him out and initially wave off the medical staff. It didn't work and they had to come out after all but Derek was fine. Thanks Ali! Also dam he was close to another amazing free kick goal.
The Vancouver Whitecaps will be voting on their Most Valuable Player and select members of the media will get to decide who is in the top 5. I am honored to say that I had a vote this season and sent in my picks before tonight's match. Unfortunately, you will have to wait until the results are out before I release my votes. Then you can rip me on it all you want.
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The Whitecaps remain in a playoff spot for now but it yet to be decided if MLS will be using a points per game format. The Rapids won't be able to make up all their matches before decision day on Nov. 8th. This means the next two matches against the Portland Timbers and the LA Galaxy will almost be must-wins.
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