After a tough loss in front of the home crowd, the Seattle Sounders were looking for redemption as they faced the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Cascadia Cup on May 19.
The game started in an unusual manner as thousands of fans arrived early to watch the end of the UEFA Champions League Final match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea FC, which was being televised on the big screen. As it was to be expected, once the game across the pond went into overtime, it was taken off the big screen so that players, coaches and fans could concentrate on the match at hand.
The Sounders offense started and stayed sluggish throughout the first half. Despite Seattle’s more reliable defense, Alain Rochat was able to score on the 12th minute. Seattle had not allowed a first-half goal since March. Thankfully, the equalizer came early, in the 47th min, off a header from Eddie Johnson.
The match continued to deliver in the excitement department as the Whitecaps regained the lead in the 82nd minute. Bryan Meredith let a free kick from Camilo Sanvezzo slip by as Vancouver goes up 2-1 late in the game. Perhaps, the ticking clock caused the Whitecaps to get comfortable, perhaps it caused the Sounders to step on the gas. Sounders coach Sigi Schmid puts it best when stating that “0bviously when they went up 2-1 they thought they pretty much had it, and Fredy Montero scores a great goal.” Indeed, Montero’s equalizing goal was a deserved reward to the estimated 1000 Sounders fans who made the trip to Vancouver.
On an even more ironic twist of events, the Seattle Sounders will be hosting Chelsea FC on July 18 in a friendly at CenturyLink Field. They’d better start preparing for Didier Drogba and his team now.