The game in 100 words (or less): The good news: The Vancouver Whitecaps are no longer point-less on the still-young 2016 MLS season. The great news: their first points and win of the season came at the expense of and keeps their Cascadia rivals, the Seattle Sounders, winless and point-less on the (again, still-young) season. The overriding them of Saturday night’s clash at CenturyLink is unquestionably the refereeing decisions of — are you surprised? — Mark Geiger. Two penalties awarded to the Whitecaps: one wrongly, one rightly. The fact that the phantom call came less than 10 minutes into the game is the real shame, considering how it so obviously changed the game state. Through three games, the Sounders have scored just twice (once from open play), and look a shell of the side that previously boasted the dynamic duo of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins. It’s not time to panic in the Emerald City just yet, but… it’s not exactly far away either.
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Three moments that mattered
9′ — Bolaños trips in the box, PK given, Morales converts — Christian Bolaños wasn’t touched by Joevin Jones as the Costa Rican tripped himself up inside the penalty area, but referee Geiger awarded the penalty anyway, and Pedro Morales converted.
52′ — Ivanschitz hammers a free kick for 1-1 — Andreas Ivanschitz absolute thumped this free kick, leaving David Ousted with precisely no chance of scrambling all the way across his goal and getting anything behind it.
73′ — Marshall takes down Perez, OK given, Morales converts — Fun fact: you can actually touch the ball in a challenge and still commit a foul if you wipe an opposing player out, whether doing so before or after getting the ball. That’s what Chad Marshall did to Blas Perez, and Geiger rightly (this time) awarded the ‘Caps a penalty.
Man of the match: Mark Geiger
Goalscorers: Morales (10′ – PK, 74′ – PK), Ivanschitz (52′)