Whitecaps FC 2, Sounders 0
Kenny Miller and second-half substitute Darren Mattocks scored
and Brad Knighton picked up his second shutout of the season in the
Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on
Knighton also earned an assist on Mattocks’ key insurance goal
in the 80th minute for the Whitecaps (8-5-5), who beat Seattle for
the first time in league play in their third MLS season. Vancouver
moved into fourth place in the Western Conference standings while
extending its streak to five games.
The Sounders (7-6-3) saw their unbeaten streak end at four
Miller capitalized on Vancouver’s first legitimate chance of the
game in the fourth minute. He ran on to Corey Hertzog’s long, high
ball from the midfield line, sidestepped defender Jhon Kennedy
Hurtado and put a shot just inside the far post.
Hertzog’s assist was his first in 11 MLS games. He also has a
goal to his credit.
The Whitecaps did not get another good chance again in the first
Instead, they had to rely on stellar goalkeeping from Knighton,
who will be in a battle to keep his starting job after newly signed
Danish goalie David Ousted becomes eligible to play once an
international transfer window opens Tuesday.
Knighton was credited with five saves in the first half as
Seattle recorded 10 shots. Three of them went wide and two were
Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie tried to generate some offense in
the 76th minute as he subbed in striker Mattocks for Camilo, who
was held in check most of the night and saw his scoring streak end
at five games.
The move worked as Mattocks ran on to midfielder Gershon
Koffie’s long header off a Knighton goal kick and lifted the ball
over Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning. The goal was the first
for Mattocks since May 11.