2001 Sep 7

Vancouver Whitecaps  2 - 1  Seattle Sounders
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC

25' VAN - Jordan (Valente)
75' VAN - Heald
88' SEA - Storkson (Tomlinson)

Vancouver: Lars Hirschfeld; Rick Titus, Chris Franks, Jeff Skinner; Kevin Holness, Oliver Heald (Tiarnan King 86'), John Sulentic (Darren Tilley 76'), David Morris, Alfredo Valente; Steve Kindel, Jason Jordan.

Seattle: Rich Cullen; Mike Casale, Scott Jenkins, Casey Barber (Erik Storkson 53'); Kei Kinoshita (Peter Hattrup 84'); Sean Henderson, Leighton O'Brien, Jason Farrell; Dylin Pillay (Craig Tomlinson 45'), Rees Bettinger, Kyle Smith (Chad Brown 62').

Match report per the Sounders:
The Seattle Sounders lost a critical match for their playoffs hopes to the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1, Friday night before a sell-out crowd of 7,199 at Swangard Stadium, largest crowd in Vancouver since 1989.

With one match remaining, the Sounders must win against Vancouver tomorrow and hope Portland (5 points ahead) loses their final match at El Paso tomorrow. Seattle needs to win tomorrow and score three or more goals, combined with a Portland loss, to beat the Timbers on the tiebreaker.

The Whitecaps scored first in the 25th minute when Jason Jordan scored on a goal mouth scramble. Midfielder Alfredo Valente for had the ball in the penalty area. Valente's shot from ten yards out was blocked by the Sounders defense. However, Seattle could not clear the ball out. Jordan gained control of the ball just outside the six-yard box. With Sounders goalkeeper Rich Cullen out of position trying to clear the ball, Jordan slotted his shot in between a Sounders defender and the right post for a goal.

Vancouver increased their lead when former Sounder Oliver Heald scored in the 75th minute. Seattle again had problems clearing the ball out of their end. Heald gained control of the ball outside the penalty area. Heald sped by the defender guarding him and let go low, hard shot that found the lower right corner of the net.

Seattle made the match close when forward Erik Storkson scored his first goal of the season in the 88th minute. Forward Craig Tomlinson got the ball outside the penalty area and moved inside the box and passed to a wide-open Storkson, who slotted the ball past Whitecaps goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld. In injury time, Storkson came close with a header off the crossbar.

Seattle was outplayed tonight, and the score could have been worse if not for a goal line clearance by midfielder Leighton O'Brien in the 67th minute on a shot by Vancouver defender Rick Titus.

Seattle were without starters Viet Nguyen (yellow card points), Kieran Barton (yellow card points), Ryan Edwards (injury), Preston Burpo (injury) and Head Coach Bernie James (suspension).

Final: Vancouver 2 - 1 Seattle

        Vancouver  Seattle
Shots:      25        8
Saves:       4       13
Corners:     9        6
Fouls:       9        8
Offsides:    0        2

21' VAN - Titus cautioned.

Referee: Tony Troughton
Attendance: 7,199