Seattle Sounders Embarrass Vancouver Whitecaps — CONCACAF Champions League
Sep 25 2015
On September 24, 2015 Lamar Neagle scored a pair of goals and the Seattle Sounders clinched first place in Group F to book a place in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League with a 3-0 win over the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field. "So it's one we've got to take on the chin". I made changes based upon energy levels within the team. If you make mistakes, good players take advantage of them, and Seattle did today.
A win for either side would see them through at the expense of their biggest rival. Sunday's nationally televised match has significant postseason implications, as Sounders FC presently holds a one-point advantage over Sporting in the race for the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs. The Sounders veterans won the tactics battle with a convincing a 3-0 victory in front of 37,624 spectators.
"We played seven fresh guys tonight out of the 11, and those guys acquitted themselves well", Schmid said.
"We were just disappointed in the result rather than the performance". It's nice to have a lot more players healthy, so then options and choices were a lot better. I knew that Brad could play there, so we were deciding between (Chad) Marshall and (Zach) Scott. "I won't get too beat up about it because we played very well".
The final 40 minutes of the match showed the Sounders controlling the tempo and possession. "All my teammates are working hard and starting to play at the perfect time". "I think his legs were a little bit fresher". Up until they'd scored the goal ...
Chad Barrett had an unmarked header in the early stages of the matches which should have put Seattle ahead. Barrett and Valdez both went up for the ball, Valdez winning it and sending it off the back of his head into the right corner.
Two minutes into the second half, Seattle completed the scoreline. If you look, it's a lot of the starters from last year. "It's important to be able to go to the next stage". The first real chance of the game came in the 18th minute. Are there any poorer/fickle fans than those in Vancouver? Skipper Pa-Modou Kah had a disastrous give-away in midfield that Seattle devoured and turned into a goal. Kekuta Manneh entered for Mezquida in the 54' minute.
CONCACAF Champions League will have to wait until next season for Vancouver. Maybe they'll get into an easier group. Carl Robinson and his players will have to come back stronger with a more balanced lineup in the future.
Geez, the Whitecaps haven't even left the Pacific Northwest. "This wasn't one of those games where we deserved anything, that's for sure".
"Without a doubt. In any competition we have, we have aspirations to try and do well". I don't think it was up to our standard tonight. He's done a good job playing for us.
"I was thinking on it up until this morning". After all was said and done, the Whitecaps did NONE of these things. He was there, of course, if we needed him. "We're down to the bare bones so if I could've maybe I would've, but couldn't so I didn't". Vancouver has a game left, away to Olimpia on October 22.
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Neagle added an insurance tally just after the halftime break, once again thanks to combined service from Valdez and Barrett. Seven minutes later, Nelson Valdez headed in a free kick from Marco Pappa The Whitecaps defeated Olimpia 1-0 last Wednesday at home with a mix of youth and experience, and Vancouver is likely to deploy a similar lineup against the Sounders as it looks for a measure revenge after a disappointing weekend.