TUKWILA, WA – Kyle Greig broke his 11-match scoreless streak but Whitecaps FC 2 (11W-7L-8D) suffered a late 2-1 loss to Seattle Sounders FC 2 (9W-11L-6D) at Starfire Sports Complex on Friday evening. Darwin Jones scored the game-winner in the final minute of added time for the home side.
The scene shifts to McLeod Athletic Park in Langley on Labour Day Monday, September 5 for the rematch between the Cascadia rivals. Kickoff is at 3 p.m
If tonight is any indication, fans in Langley could expect another 90-plus minutes of exciting football.
WFC2 goalkeeper and Seattle native Spencer Richey, who was named to the bench of the USL Team of the Week last Tuesday, picked up where he left off, diving full stretch to parry a clean strike from S2 forward Irvin Parra in the 12th minute.
On the other end, the ‘Caps best chance of the first half would come in the form of a Greig header set up by a free kick from Fatawu Safiu, but the attempt would shoot straight into Seattle keeper Tyler Miller’s hands in the 20th minute.
In the second half, Greig would get another chance and he would capitalize. Kianz Froese, making his first appearance since his return from a training stint in Germany, placed a curving corner kick perfectly right across the face of goal for Greig to head in, giving the captain his 11th goal on the season as WFC2 took the lead in the 64th minute.
Just three minutes later, Sounders FC 2 would equalize with a score off a corner kick of their own, as Parra opened his USL account with a leaping volley into the far post.
The ‘Caps would go for the win in the 81st minute when Daniel Haber’s active play on the wing created a chance for Jordan Haynes on the first touch but Miller was alert to the threat, coming up with a reaction save to keep the match level.
Just when the game appeared to be headed to a stalemate, S2 broke off on a counter-attack, ignited by Mark O’Ojong in the middle, and completed by Jones’ stunner from the left wing, giving Seattle the win on the final possession of the match.
Despite the loss, Whitecaps FC 2 remain tied for third place in the Western Conference with 41 points. Sounders FC 2 improve to 33 points and now sit at 10th place, just two spots outside the playoff picture.
64’ – VAN – Kyle Greig (Kianz Froese)
67’ – SEA – Irvin Parra (Zach Mathers)
90’+4’ – SEA – Darwin Jones (Mark (O’Ojong)
Shots: SEA 18 – VAN 13
Shots on Goal: SEA 5 – VAN 5
Saves: SEA 4 – VAN 3
Corners: SEA 6 – VAN 4
9’ – SEA – Jordy Delem
35’ – VAN – Deklan Wynne
43’ – VAN – Fatawu Safiu
79’ – SEA – Nouhou Tolo
90’ – VAN – Sem de Wit
Seattle Sounders FC 2
1.Tyler Miller ©; 91.Oniel Fisher, 77.Jordy Delem, 25.Tony Alfaro, 35.Nouhou Tolo; 34.Jordan Schweitzer, 90.Mark O’Ojong; 32.Zach Mathers; 95.Carlos Patino (17.Darwin Jones 63’), 80.Victor Mansaray (81.Devon Fisher 79’), 38.Irvin Parra
Substitutes not used
22.Charlie Lyon, 36.Michael Nelson, 48.Jamie Dimitroff, 53.Kei Tomozowa, 92.Willy Kapawa
Whitecaps FC 2
39.Spencer Richey; 48.Christopher Diaz, 51.Sem de Wit, 44.Pa-Modou Kah, 62.Deklan Wynne; 65.Matthew Baldisimo, 38.Kianz Froese; 56.Daniel Haber, 45.Giuliano Frano (42.Jordan Haynes 64’), 49.Fatawu Safiu (57.Thomas Sanner 74’); 47.Kyle Greig ©
Substitutes not used
24.Marco Carducci, 50.Sahil Sandhu, 54.Elliot Green, 61.Terran Campbell, 72.Georges Mukumbilwa