The game in 100 words (or less): Heading into the match Vancouver was sitting atop the Western Conference standings, but Seattle looked like the team to beat as the Sounders cruised to a 3-0 win to claim the Cascadia Cup. With the combination of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins back healthy and firing on all cylinders, Seattle reminded us why they’ve been one of the top teams in the league over the past few seasons. Demspey tallied two assists while Martins grabbed a goal and assist for himself in a massive win for Sigi Schmid’s men.
Three moments that mattered
45′ — Ivanschitz gives Seattle the lead at the break — In his first start for the Sounders, Austrian international Andreas Ivanschitz put the visitors ahead just before the half. Obafemi Martins played a beautiful ball over the defense to Ivanschitz at the back post, who took a good first touch and put a left-footed shot past the keeper to give Seattle the lead.
71′ — Gonzalo Pineda makes it 2-0 Sounders — Pineda’s goal was the product of some great team play, as Nelson Valdez played a clever back heel to Clint Dempsey, who then dished it off to Pineda. Pineda cut to his left and curled a brilliant shot into the top corner, off the post and in to double Seattle’s lead.
87′ — Obafemi Martins seals the deal for Seattle — After grabbing a beautiful assist on Seattle’s first goal, Obafemi Martins scored one of his own late in the match to ensure all three points for the Sounders. The big striker now has 13 goals on the season, despite missing a large chunk of time through injury.
Man of the match: Clint Dempsey
Goalscorers: Ivanschitz (45′), Pineda (71′), Martins (87′)