Vancouver Whitecaps v Seattle Sounders – The Cascadia Cup Decider Story In Pictures

Vancouver Whitecaps v Seattle Sounders – The Cascadia Cup Decider Story In Pictures

Another big game at B.C. Place against a rival and another disappointing result.

This time the Cascadia Cup clash between Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders had double important, with not only the destination of this year’s cup at stake, but some massive points in terms of the playoff race.

Both teams headed into the match on unbeaten runs. Vancouver were unbeaten in six, with four wins. Seattle, unbeaten in 11, and on a record-setting eight match winning run. By the end of the 90 minutes, it was 12 and nine for the Sounders.

The Whitecaps were in a hole early, with Raul Ruidiaz hitting a brace by the 42nd minute. Kei Kamara gave them hope in first half stoppage time but it was the only consolation for the ‘Caps on a day that could define their fate this season.

AFTN photographers Tom (@ResidualImage) and Caroline (@FrogPhoto) were there to capture the action before, during and after the game. Here’s their “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.

The managers meet and are all smiles

Your Whitecaps starting XI

The ‘Caps had a fantastic opportunity to open the scoring in the 11th minute when Kei Kamara’s header played in Nicolas Mezquida

But the Uruguayan blasted high and wide in a game turning miss

And it was to prove costly when some trademark slack Whitecaps defending let in Raul Ruidiaz to finish off a Kelvin Leerdam cross from close in, in the 21st minute

Sending the travelling puke green hordes into raptures

Alphonso Davies was getting kicked all over the park and Robbo had some reassuring words for him – we’re guessing “you’re our main hope, please score”

One particular tackle on his earned Osvaldo Alonso a yellow card via VAR

And things went from bad to worse in the 42nd minute when Raul Ruidiaz pounced on a horrible Brett Levis pass back

Rounding Stefan Marinovic to easily slot home the second and make it 2-0 Seattle

The mountain was now huge for Vancouver, who didn’t have their own Peruvian to make some magic happen

But Kei Kamara gave the ‘Caps hope four minutes into stoppage time, rising superbly

To head home and make it 2-1

And moments later Cristian Techera nearly tied things up in dramatic fashion but it was guided wide

It wasn’t to be the ‘Caps day, as demonstrated at the start of the second half when Kei Kamara made room for a shot

But it crashed off the right post

Then just couldn’t direct a header downwards on a slightly overhit cross

So much drama! Just not Whitecaps goals

Jordon Mutch nearly tied it up in the closing seconds, but his flick from in close went inches past the left post

And as the final whistle sounded, Stefan Marinovic’s face was how we all felt

You can see all of Tom and Caroline’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below:

Authored by: Michael McColl

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