Cascadia clash: Deuce delivers for defending champion Sounders

Clint Dempsey, who missed the 2016 playoffs when the Seattle Sounders won their first MLS Cup and was suspended for the first leg of the 2017 Western Conference semifinals, scored both goals to give the Sounders a 2-0 win over Vancouver and send them into the finals with an aggregate win by the same score.

1. Dempsey takes over in the second half.

For 145 minutes over two games, the Sounders and Whitecaps produced few chances and no goals before Dempsey ended the stalemate.

On the first goal, the former U.S. national team captain took a touch to his left and fired a left-footed shot that beat goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic. On the second in the 88th minute, Dempsey jumped and stabbed the ball into the goal.

"The first goal was a really good effort from distance," said Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer. "The second goal was just his instincts inside the box."

2. Sounders superior at home.

Both goals followed great work by Dempsey's teammates on the left side.

Christian Roldan played a one-two with Nicolas Lodeiro and charged down the left side of the penalty area, laying the ball back, past Will Bruin and off Harry Shipp, to Dempsey.

The second goal followed a short corner kick Lodeiro played to sub Victor Rodriguez, whose ball caught the Vancouver defense napping at the far post.

3. Vancouver comes up short in playoffs again.

After winning its first playoff game ever -- 5-0 over San Jose in the Knockout Game -- Vancouver returned to the conference semifinals for the second time in three years.

But the 'Caps exited again without scoring a goal. In Thursday's second leg, they were outshot, 20-2.

"It's not acceptable, because you need to put shots on target to score goals," Vancouver coach Carl Robinson said. "We got in some very good areas and we didn't execute. That's the difference between us and them today. They had a number of shots on goal, on target, and Clint pops up with the two. The better team won over the two legs."

Nov. 2 in Seattle
Seattle 2 Vancouver 0.
SEA: Clint Dempsey (Harry Shipp) 56
SEA: Clint Dempsey (Victor Rodriguez, Nicolas Lodeiro) 88
Seattle -- Frei; Leerdam, Torres, Marshall, Tolo; Roldan, Lodeiro, Shipp (Rodriguez 67), Dempsey, Jones (Svensson 60); Bruin (Neagle 91+).
Vancouver -- Marinovic; Nerwinski (Harvey 36), Waston, Parker, de Jong (Shea 81); Nosa, Ghazal, Techera (Davies 64), Reyna, Bolanos; Montero.
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5 comments about "Cascadia clash: Deuce delivers for defending champion Sounders".
  1. beautiful game, November 3, 2017 at 10:20 a.m.

    Watched the first 60 minutes of giveaway soccer by bought squads; hardly any coordination or meaninful possession with purpose...pitiful contest to watch...simply mediocre soccer. As for the first half review by ref Toledo; it took over two minutes to decide to review the take down jersey pull in the Sounder box....inefficient and incompetent monitoring based on indecision. In Toledo's Laws of the Game pulling an opponent to the ground with a fist full oh his jersy is a good no call.

  2. frank schoon replied, November 3, 2017 at 11:23 a.m.

    IW. Remember our last discussion about poor defense in the U17 championship game. Look at 3min18sec into the video . I count 6 defenders of which one of the defenders is facing man to man an attacker with the ball on the right flank. Look at the other attackers specifically the 4 who are closest to the WIDE, I mean, WIDE OPEN attacker posted at the penalty stip. He space and time to eat a pizza....This situation I notice all the time in professional, oh BTW , in house league and rec. soccer as well. So many defender but not one even guarding the MOST dangerous attacker of all who posted about a hop skip and jump from the goal... Notice because these players are positioned nice in straight flat ,square line but leaving a man wide in front of the goal. UNBELIEVABLE!!!  If they the poor positioning of the defensive and the poor man to man defensive
    allowed this attacker to shoot at goal. Suppose he had scored, what we would be the excuse of the defense, "oh ,we were there"

  3. frank schoon replied, November 3, 2017 at 11:26 a.m.

    IW, sorry , it is 38 seconds into the video

  4. beautiful game, November 3, 2017 at 11:42 a.m.

    Frank, your message is loud & clear; but thisn game was a total yawner from the players and the AR.

  5. frank schoon, November 3, 2017 at 11:52 a.m.

    IW, see the video at 1min.32 to 1min 37 seconds when the first goal was scored. Look at the poor positioning of the defenders and how much space they gave their attackers because they don't how to play good man to man defense. THe player who could even have passed to his teammate
    who was wide open. 
    Look at 1 min 2sec. to 1min. 11sec. Poor defense. The defender closest to  Dempsey has his back to him and has no clue where he is at but the defender is positioned with his other two defenders in a nice straight , slanted line. A defender needs to be able to see the ball and the man which he failed to do although he is positioned in a nice straight which is totally useless. Again they don't know how to play good man to man defense whereby Dempsey almost scored...
    Again look at 1min 48sec how open the attacker, Dempsey is right outside the penalty area. This is how bad defense has because of zonal defense marking..

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