The 2017 Whitecaps season is officially over after falling 2-0 to the defending Champs in Seattle on pair of Clint Dempsey 2nd half goals. The big news when the rosters were announced was the omission of Osvaldo Alonso in the Seattle lineup. This meant that Nicolas Lodeiro dropped into a holding midfield role beside Roldan. Robbo served up his best 11 which had fans excited.
That didn’t last too long as it became apparent that the tactics utilized in Leg 1 were also in play which indicated, to me at least, they were hoping to poach a win via counterattack or a set piece. Compounding the Caps situation was the departure of Jake Nerwinski via injury after a tackle on Seattle’s Nouhou Tolo, which was checked via VAR.
11 minuters into the second half saw the game’s breakthrough and it was Dempsey. Of course, it would be Dempsey beating Marinovic to the keeper’s left. Vancouver would have to push and their best chance came off the head of Christian Bolanos, who directed his attempt right at Frei.
Dempsey would put this tie to bed with a volley from in closer off a Victor Rodriguez feed.
This matched featured 6 yellow cards (2 to Seattle, 4 to Vancouver) and a bevvy of questionable calls, as fans have come to expect from Baldomero Toledo. Up next for Seattle, they await the winner of the Portland/Houston matchup and the Caps return home to have their final meetings, media availabilites and tie up loose ends.