Seattle Sounders 0-1 Vancouver 86ers Oliviero (V) 88'
Cautions: Morrill (34), Webber (34); Nash (80).
Those who impressed: Hahnemann
Those who didn't: Thompson
These were three points we desperately needed with a four match road trip coming up. I saw Alan Hinton in the car park after the match. All I could say was "Come back--we need you!"
Shots: Vancouver 5 + 10 = 15, Seattle 9 + 7 = 16
Saves: Vancouver 3 + 3 = 6, Seattle 2 + 6 = 8
Corners: Vancouver 4 + 2 = 6, Seattle 4 + 2 = 6
Offsides: Vancouver 0 + 1 = 1, Seattle 1 + 1 = 2
Fouls: Vancouver 3 + 6 = 9, Seattle 2 + 6 = 8
Weather: sunny, 85 F at kickoff; breezy, 75 F at end
Attendance: unannounced, probably the usual 3,000 (I remember two years ago these teams packed 11,000 into a SRO Memorial, and then there were the old Whitecap-Sounder NASL matches that cleared 30,000 -- this rivalry should be drawing a LOT better than three grand)
Referee: Saga-Denang (sp?) (Finally, an A-League referee who let them play! He called the fewest fouls I can remember ever at a Sounder game.)
-- This was a typical Giuliano Oliviero game. He was virtually invisible for 89 minutes, and then puts away his only chance. Go figure.
-- Seattle was trying everything to boost its offense. They just signed midfielder Greg Veatch (NPSL's Kansas City Attack), they started Jason Farrell at forward, they even substituted a midfielder (Nate Daligcon) for a defender (Wade Webber) to get a bigger offensive push. However, the bigger Webber probably would have stopped the through ball to Oliviero that Daligcon couldn't stop, and that cost Seattle the game.