2006 Apr 14

Preseason match:
Vancouver Whitecaps  3 - 1  Seattle Sounders
Exhibition Park, Chilliwack, BC

Vancouver: Josh Wicks (Serge Djekanovic 76'); Geordie Lyall (Diaz Kambere 76'), Steve Klein (Stephen Leslie 76'), Adrian Cann (Anthony Noreiga 45'), Steve Kindel (John Jones 57'); Jay Alberts (Dave Morris 45'), Jeff Clarke (Tino Cucca 62'), Martin Nash (Tony Donatelli 62'), Alfredo Valente (David Testo 45'); Jason Jordan (Corey Woolfolk 60'), Joey Gjertsen (Sita-Taty Matondo 60').

Seattle: Chris Eylander (James Ward 45'); Gabe Sturm (Santa Maria Rivera), Jacob Besagno, Kevin Sakuda (Pat Doran 45'), Sheyi Abalaji (Ben Somoza 45'); Andrew Gregor (Craig Tomlinson 45'), Nate Boyden, Leighton O'Brien (Alex Woods 45'), CJ Klaas (Jake Sagare 45'); Jamal Sutton (Cameron Weaver 45'), Roger Levesque (Alex Chursky 45').

Goals:
2' VAN - Cann (Valente)
8' VAN - Jordan (Lyall)
71' VAN - Woolfolk (Morris)
87' SEA - Besagno


Match report from the Whitecaps:

The Whitecaps finished their preseason campaign with a comfortable 3-1 win over the defending league champion Seattle Sounders. The Caps took control early, scoring twice in the first eight minutes as defender Adrian Cann and striker Jason Jordan both found the mark. Forward Corey Woolfolk made it 3-0 in the second half, before Seattle scored a late goal. It was the first goal of the preseason for all three Vancouver scorers. The Whitecaps preseason record finishes at 5-1.

Vancouverís next game is their much anticipated home opener on Saturday, April 22, against the visiting Portland Timbers in a 7:00PM start at Swangard Stadium.

Scoring Summary

2' Adrian Cann (Alfredo Valente)
Valente's corner kick from the right skipped off the turf to Cann who nodded the ball home.

8' Jason Jordan (Geordie Lyall)
Lyall made a strong run down the right flank and found Jordan just outside the six yard box. Jordan one-timed it past the keeper.

71' Corey Woolfolk (Dave Morris)
Morris cut in from the right, his shot was partially blocked and Woolfolk ran on and cleverly redirected it past the goalkeeper.

87' Jacob Besagno
A loose ball from a Seattle corner kick was fired in by defender Besagno.

Game Notes

Whitecaps Goalkeeper Josh Wicks made a great save at 34' as he pushed a powerful header from defender Jacob Besagno against the crossbar.

Speedy Canadian forward Sita-Taty Matondo came close at 67' as he broke in alone, but the Seattle keeper made the save. Matondo finished as Vancouver's preseason scoring leader with four goals.

Statistics:
         Vancouver  Seattle
Shots:       7        10
Saves:       2         3
Corners:     4         6
Fouls:      14        13
Offsides:    8         2

Attendance: 2,022


Recap from the Sounders:

The Seattle Sounders lost 3-1 to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exhibition play at Exhibition Park in Chilliwack, B.C. Defender Jake Besagno's late second half goal finally put the Sounders on the board. Sounders' roster players started the match, but the exhibition game was a true test for the younger players hoping to make the 2006 roster. "For a lot of these younger guys it was their final test," said Brian Schmetzer, Head Coach of the Sounders. "Overall we played pretty well, it was a good test against another solid USL First Division opponent. It really helped all of us see what we need to do in this next week to prepare for the season."