2003 Jun 20

Vancouver Whitecaps  1 - 0  Seattle Sounders
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC

40' VAN - Sulentic (Heald)

Vancouver: Michael Franks; Geordie Lyall, Nick Dasovic, Nico Craveiro; Jeff Clarke, Paul Dailly, Oliver Heald, Steve Kindel, John Sulentic (Jeff Skinner 89'), Alfredo Valente; Niall Thompson (Jason Jordan 46', David Morris 86'). Substitutes not used: Alex Marques, Tiarnan King.

Seattle: Rich Cullen; Ryan Edwards, Zach Scott, Kevin Sakuda (Craig Tomlinson 62'); Scott Jenkins, Alex Bengard (Chad Brown 69'), Sean-Michael Callahan (Herculez Gomez 83'), Jason Farrell, Viet Nguyen; Marco Velez (Darren Sawatzky 89'), Kyle Smith. Substitutes not used: Preston Burpo, Matt Hulen, Shawn Percell.

Match report from the Sounders:

The Vancouver Whitecaps scored late in the first half and held on to defeat the Seattle Sounders, 1-0, Friday at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia.

The Whitecaps were the aggressors throughout the match, especially in the first half, outshooting Seattle 11-4 (18-4 for the match). After numerous scoring chances in the first 30 minutes, Vancouver finally capitalized on their constant pressure, getting on the board on Johnny Sulentic's goal in the 40th minute, assisted by Oliver Heald.

Seattle generated little pressure in the second half until the final minutes when Herculez Gomez was inserted into the match. Gomez helped create Seattle's lone scoring chance in the 90th minute only to be stopped when the ball banged off the back leg of a Vancouver defender two yards above the goal. It was the first regular season match for Gomez, who has been out since the preseason with a foot injury. Gomez is on loan to the Sounders from the Los Angles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

        Vancouver  Seattle
Shots:      18        4
Saves:       3        5
Corners:     9        1
Fouls:      22       25
Offsides:    4        2

11' VAN - Dasovic cautioned.
22' SEA - Nguyen cautioned.
45' SEA - Scott cautioned.
71' SEA - Scott cautioned and sent off for his second caution.
72' VAN - Clarke cautioned.
88' VAN - Kindel cautioned.
90' SEA - Brown cautioned.

Referees: Dave Gantara; Mark Budda, Paul Ward; Rene Parra
Attendance: 4,198