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Sounders unable to catch ’Caps

Sun., July 7, 2013

Whitecaps’ Kenny Miller celebrates his goal against the Sounders. (Associated Press)
Whitecaps’ Kenny Miller celebrates his goal against the Sounders. (Associated Press)

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Eventually, a Whitecaps lead was due to stick.

The Seattle Sounders had come back from four deficits against Pacific Northwest rival Vancouver and had earned at least a tie whenever it fell behind the past few years, but that magic dried up Saturday in a 2-0 MLS road loss.

The Whitecaps, led by a career performance by goalkeeper Brad Knighton, hadn’t beaten Seattle in six previous meetings and broke a 12-game winless streak in the Cascadia Cup, including games against Portland.

The Sounders (7-6-3) have lost their last two road games, each via shutout, and missed an opportunity to at least tie the best 16-game record in team history.

Down 1-0 in the second half, Seattle heaped on heavy pressure in pursuit of an equalizer – even hitting the post on a deflected cross in the 56th minute – but a goal never came against Knighton, who made a personal-best seven saves.

Vancouver (8-5-5) sealed the win with a goal by speedy forward Darren Mattocks, a second-half substitute, in the 79th minute. He nearly added another on a breakaway two minutes later in front of a buzzing crowd of 22,500 at BC Place

The soccer rivalry between the cities dates to 1974 in the old North American Soccer League, with Seattle holding a 63-47-21 lead in the series.

Notes

Seattle’s  Sigi Schmid  became the first MLS coach to reach 400 games Saturday. He has a career record of 179-124-97. … Neither midfielder  Osvaldo Alonso (quad strain) and defender  DeAndre Yedlin (separated shoulder) started for the Sounders, as both came in as game-time decisions. Alonso was inactive for the fourth straight game and Yedlin came off the bench in the second half.



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