Fredy Montero reacquainted himself with his old team, Seattle Sounders, by scoring 2 goals to give the Vancouver Whitecaps the victory. Much has been written about Fredy’s first game against a team and fan base that still reveres his time spent in a Sounders jersey. Montero may have decided not to celebrate any goals he scored against his former team, but his loyalty ended there as he was the reason the ‘Caps won the game. He wasn’t the reason they didn’t lose the game, but without Fredy’s goals it’s doubtful any other Whitecaps player would have scored in his place.
Seattle held the ball with 62% possession. It was apparent early the ‘Caps were not going to have an easy night when it took them 4 minutes before their first bout of possession. Seattle largely carried the play to Vancouver, and had created more in front of Ousted’s penalty area, but they didn’t have the quality in the final third to be truly dangerous. Vancouver was guilty once more of cheaply giving the ball away and it took most of the first twenty-five minutes for them to get in the game. They did create some chances in the later stages of the half, notably a stand-alone Bolaños header that just missed the side post. But by the end of the half it was Vancouver who were fortunate to have kept the score 0-0.
The second half began with more determined Whitecaps’ possession of the ball. They were able to move forward, often up the wings, and put in a number of crosses. The ‘Caps were just missing their own bit of quality in the final third. Although the ‘Caps began to enjoy some of the ball in the second half, it was Seattle who countered with the most dangerous chances. They forced David Ousted into making three glorious saves early in the second half to change the game. Montero was the hero with his two game winning goals, but had Ousted not been unbeatable for five harried minutes it would have been an entirely different game that would have never given the ‘Caps the opportunity to win by the end.
In the 65th minute Montero put in a header off a cross from Cristian Techera. It was placed perfectly inside the bottom of the post, beyond the outstretched arms of Stephan Frei.
The ‘Caps only managed three shots on Frei in the match and Fredy did extremely well to make the most of them. His second goal came off a Bolaños corner kick and courtesy of Waston’s head. Kendall’s header off the cross would have been met by Frei, when Montero intercepted with a header of his own across the goal line for the 2-0 lead. It was a goal they would need.
The ‘Caps continued to pressure the ball and close out the game by moving play out to the opposing team’s corner flags, but Seattle was not ready to concede the game. Nicolas Lodeiro cut in a cross perfectly at the foot of Will Bruin who put in his one touch attempt deep in the Vancouver Box.
Seattle did have some good chances including Clint Dempsey’s two shots off the post. Most dangerous, was a curling attempt beyond Ousted’s reach and off the side post as Seattle pressed for their second goal. The final minutes were frantic as the ‘Caps fought to hang on to their fragile lead and it took until the final second, and a Waston goal line clearance, to see out the win.