"It's difficult because I thought we did play well," Whitecaps fullback Jordan Harvey told reporters after the match. "We were organized in that first half and we created some good chances."
Vancouver did indeed have some early chances, specifically after Oniel Fisher fouled Cristian Techera just outside the Seattle area in the twelfth minute. The venerable Mauro Rosales floated a well-placed free kick into the Seattle area, but Octavio Rivero was unable to keep his header down to get the ball on target.
In the fifteenth minute Jordan Smith was able to use his speed to get inside of Fisher on the right flank. Smith then passed the ball to Rivero at the top of the eighteen-yard box, but the Uruguayan forward was unable to bend his shot around Stefan Frei at the far post.
It was a typical hard fought derby match, and Vancouver fans were outraged when Clint Dempsey fouled Kendall Waston as the pair challenged for a cross in the Whitecaps area. There was temporary cause for concern when the towering Costa Rican rose from the turf clutching his arm, but Waston was not badly hurt and was able to continue in the game.
It was not the last time the two players would clash in the match.
Seattle had plenty of possession in the first half, but were unable to beat Vancouver 'keeper David Ousted until the stroke of halftime when Andreas Ivanschitz opened the scoring by getting behind the Vancouver defenders and beating Ousted with a low, hard shot.
The Whitecaps started the second half of the match well and for a time looked as though they may be able to solve the Seattle defense, but were ultimately unable to manufacture any quality scoring chances.
"I thought in periods of the game we did well and got at them," said Ousted. "At the end of the day the scoreboard doesn't lie. It's about keeping our heads cool, keeping ourselves in the game and taking our chances when we get them. I thought we had them [scoring chances], but if you don't finish your chances then you don't win games."
Seattle did make the most of their chances, and effectively ended the Whitecaps hopes in the seventy-first minute thanks in part to a surging run by Dempsey. As Dempsey neared the Whitecaps area he neatly tapped the ball over to Gonzalo Pineda, who sidestepped a couple of Vancouver defenders before knocking a shot off the post to double Seattle's lead.
Dempsey was a key figure in the late stages of the match, especially after coming off worse for wear after a hard tackle by Waston in midfield. Replay showed Waston, who received a yellow card on the play, did get the ball, but contacted Dempsey heavily after making contact with the ball.
Dempsey, however, had the last laugh when he set up an unmarked Martins to score Seattle's third goal of the match three minutes from full time. It was a tough goal for the hometown Vancouver fans to swallow after a disappointing showing from their team.
"It hurts losing at home in front of our fans," said Ousted. "They [the supporters] were expecting to lift that [Cascadia Cup] trophy, and I feel bad not being able to give them that pleasure."
The Whitecaps loss on Saturday also tightens up the standings in the MLS Western Conference with just four points separating the top five clubs. In addition, the win pulls the Sounders within three points of the first place Whitecaps.
Vancouver are next in action when they play the Sounders in CONCACAF Champion's League action on Wednesday evening at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, and then face MLS newcomers New York City FC on Saturday, September 26th at BC Place stadium.
Budweiser Man of the Match: Jordan Harvey
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
45' - SEA - Andreas Ivanschitz (Obafemi Martins)
71' - SEA - Gonzalo Pineda (Clint Dempsey, Nelson Valdez)
87' - SEA - Obafemi Martins (Clint Dempsey, Cristian Roldan)
Shots: Vancouver 15 - Seattle 7
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 8 - Seattle 5
Saves: Vancouver 2 - Seattle 8
Fouls: Vancouver 10 - Seattle 9
Offsides: Vancouver 1 - Seattle 1
Corners: Vancouver 3 - Seattle 3
22' - VAN - Russell Teibert
24' - SEA - Brad Evans
63' - VAN - Jordan Smith
81' - VAN - Kendall Waston
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted ©; 6.Jordan Smith, 4.Kendall Waston, 44.Pa-Modou Kah, 2.Jordan Harvey (3.Sam Adekugbe 89'); 28.Gershon Koffie (38.Kianz Froese 89'), 31.Russell Teibert; 13.Cristian Techera, 7.Mauro Rosales (9.Nicolás Mezquida 74'), 23.Kekuta Manneh; 29.Octavio Rivero
Substitutes not used
70.Paolo Tornaghi, 20.Deybi Flores, 26.Tim Parker, 88.Robert Earnshaw
Seattle Sounders FC
24.Stefan Frei; 4.Tyrone Mears, 14.Chad Marshall, 20.Zach Scott, 91.Oniel Fisher; 3.Brad Evans © (7.Cristian Roldan 74'), 6.Osvaldo Alonso (12.Leonardo Gonzalez 85'), 8.Gonzalo Pineda, 23.Andreas Ivanschitz (16.Nelson Valdez 65'); 2.Clint Dempsey, 9.Obafemi Martins
Substitutes not used
1.Troy Perkins, 10.Marco Pappa, 19.Chad Barrett, 21.Jimmy Ockford