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'Caps Secure First Home Playoff Game at BC Place Since 2017

October 7, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC News Release


SEATTLE, WA - Vancouver Whitecaps FC fought tooth and nail to secure a hard-earned point against Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC in a scoreless draw at Lumen Field on Saturday.

It was a patient start from Whitecaps FC, maintaining their shape to keep the home side at bay.

The Caps' would grow into the match and could have had the opener in the 21st minute. Richie Laryea would burst down the right-hand side and pull it back for Canadian national teammate Junior Hoilett to hit it first time, but his shot would go askew.

While there would be plenty of physical challenges and good passing plays from both teams, they would go into the break scoreless.

Whitecaps FC would get their best chance of the night in the 63rd minute, as Sam Adekugbe would find Ryan Gauld in the box with a cross. The Scot would settle the ball beautifully, but his venomous volley would rattle off the bottom of the left post and out.

Seattle pressed with less than 15 minutes to go. Albert Rúsnak would force Yohei Takaoka into a huge save, his sidefooted shot getting blocked by Takaoka's right wrist, before the follow-up shot would get blocked and cleared.

Cristian Roldan would get a final chance at the death, rising above the rest to meet a cross in the box, but his header would be denied by an outstretched Takaoka. In the end, there would be nothing to separate either side as the referee blew the final whistle.

Whitecaps FC are back at BC Place on Saturday, October 21 for their final regular season match before the playoffs, taking on defending MLS Cup champions Los Angeles FC in a Decision Day clash. For tickets, visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets.

MATCH DETAILS

VWFC GE Appliances Player of Quality: Yohei Takaoka

Attendance: 33,666

Referee: Nima Saghafi

Statistics

Possession: SEA 57.9% - VAN 42.1%

Shots: SEA 17 - VAN 4

Shots on Goal: SEA 5 - VAN 0

Saves: SEA 0 - VAN 5

Fouls: SEA 12 - VAN 12

Offsides: SEA 1 - VAN 1

Corners: SEA 7 - VAN 4

Cautions

34' - SEA - Cristian Roldan

56' - SEA - Léo Chú

63' - VAN - Mathías Laborda

66' - VAN - Alessandro Schöpf

73' - SEA - Yeimar Gómez Andrade

90'+1 - VAN - Richie Laryea

Seattle Sounders FC

24.Stefan Frei; 16.Alex Roldan, 28.Yeimar Gómez Andrade, 25.Jackson Raegen, 5.Nouhou; 84.Josh Atencio, 6.João Paulo, 7.Cristian Roldan, 10.Nicolás Lodeiro (11.Albert Rusnák 72'), 23.Léo Chú (19.Héber 72'); 13.Jordan Morris (21.Reed Baker-Whiting 87')

Substitutes not used

30.Stefan Cleveland, 3.Javier Arreaga, 12.Fredy Montero, , 22.Kelyn Rowe, 35.Paul Rothrock, 73.Obed Vargas

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

18.Yohei Takaoka; 2.Mathías Laborda (23.Javain Brown 70'), 4.Ranko Veselinović, 6.Tristan Blackmon; 7.Richie Laryea, 45.Pedro Vite (22.Ali Ahmed 84'), 16.Sebastian Berhalter, 3.Sam Adekugbe (27.Ryan Raposo 71'); 11.Junior Hoilett (8.Alessandro Schöpf 60'), 25.Ryan Gauld ©; 24.Brian White

Substitutes not used

32.Isaac Boehmer, 14.Luís Martins, 28.Levonte Johnson, 29.Simon Becher, 31.Russell Teibert

- whitecapsfc.com -


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