The Sounders went with a 4-3-3 that featured plenty of talent, including Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins to name a few, while the Whitecaps countered with a mix of youth, some new faces, and a few familiar ones as well.
Today’s @SoundersFC XI. MERCY ME, IT’S A 4-3-3.— Sounders Matchday (@LIVESounders) February 3, 2016
#VWFC starting XI: 1.Ousted; 8.Aird, 14.Seiler, 22.Dean, 2.Harvey; 15.Laba, 31.Teibert; 19.Hurtado, 9.Mezquida, 13.Techera; 36.Kudo— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) February 3, 2016
Among the 'Caps making their debut in the match were new striker Masata Kudo, who took to the pitch as the lone striker up top, defender Fraser Aird, and rookie Center Back Cole Seiler. Goalkeeper David Ousted wore the Captain's armband, with Pedro Morales nursing a minor injury.
The Whitecaps were able to create a few chances, but couldn't convert in a scoreless first half. Head Coach Carl Robinson decided to make some halftime adjustments, bringing in plenty of youngsters for some match experience.
Second half XI: 1.Ousted; 41.Farmer, 14.Seiler, 22.Dean, 46.Levis; 20.Flores, 28.Koffie; 45.Frano, 56.Haber, 48.Blasco; 11.Mattocks #VWFC— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) February 4, 2016
It paid off, as Mattocks would open the scoring on a penalty in the 51st minute, after he was taken down in the box. The lead would hold until the 76th minute, when Darwin Jones knotted things up. However, Mattocks would score again, this time in the 90th minute, and the Whitecaps held on for the 2-1 win.
The 'Caps are back in action Saturday to take on the New England Revolution.