Pedro Morales converted a penalty kick in each half to give the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps a stunning 2-1victory over the Seattle Sounders Saturday night at Century Link Field in front of a capacity crowd of 40,012 fans. The win by the Whitecaps (1-2) snapped an 0-2 start to the season and left the Sounders winless after three MLS games.
“Not pleased with result, its a game I thought we controlled the majority of the game I am not sure about the PK’s.” Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said after the game. “I have not seen the replays, I have seen guys trip themselves in the box I know it happens, it seems like right now we are not catching a break in any way shape or form, obviously it has to get better at the end of the day for us to win.”
Morales first spot kick conversion came in the 10th minute when Joevin Jones was whistled for a penalty against the Whitecaps Christian Bolaños inside the box. Awarded the gift, Morales wasted no time in right footing the ball to the bottom left corner for the 1-0 lead.
After some discombobulation due to the goal, the Sounders regained their focus, purpose and had some good looks at the goal but when the halftime whistle blew, the home side was still down a goal .
The Sounders started the second half as they finished the first half, on the front foot and determined to score. The Sounders did not have to wait long for their hard work to pay off.
The Rave Green tied the game in the 51st minute after Clint Dempsey and Andrea Ivanschitz traded roles, that being Demspey drew a foul just outside the Vancouver goal box and Ivanschitz left footed an exquisite shot past Whitecaps keeper David Ousted.
Once the score was leveled the two sides threw caution to the wind and went searching for the game winner. Vancouver’s Octavio Rivero 57th minuter header from the centre of the was saved Stephan Frei, and Jordan Morris’s right footed shot from the left side of the box was saved by Whitecaps keeper David Ousted.
The two sides stayed deadlocked until the 74th minute when Seattle’s Chad Marshall fouled Vancouver’s Blas Pérez in the penalty box and the Whitecaps were awarded their second penalty of the game. Pedro Morales took the spot kick and once again right footed the ball past Seattle keeper Stefan Frei for the game winner.
For Vancouver coach Carl Robinson the win against the Sounders was a hard earned team effort.
“It was a better performance. This game is a process and if you put the right performances in, the results will come.” Robinson said after the game. “I think we tripped ourselves up with mistakes in the first two games and we accepted that. Today was a team performance.”
The Sounders played without two starters, Erik Friberg (knee) was replaced by Cristian Roldan, and center back Brad Evans (shoulder) was replaced by veteran Zach Scott for the second straight game.
The Sounders will return to action at home against the Montreal Impact on April 2 after upcoming FIFA international date next weekend.