The game in 100 words (or less): It’s always sweet to knock off one of your bitter rivals, but keeping them out of the playoffs takes things to a different level. The Vancouver Whitecaps were officially eliminated from the postseason on Sunday night following their defeat against the Seattle Sounders. While the play on the field was overshadowed at times by strange actions from two of the game’s goalscorers, the match was everything you’d want from the Cascadia foes. Even without Clint Dempsey and Nicolas Lodeiro, the Sounders moved one step closer to clinching a playoff spot in the Western Conference, leaping to fifth place.
[ MORE: Which USMNT players have most at stake in friendlies? ]
Three four moments that mattered
25′ – Morales converts from the PK spot — It was brilliant play from Alphonso Davies to earn the penalty kick. From there, Pedro Morales knew exactly what to do.
39′ — Alonso pulls the Sounders level before halftime — Even without Clint Dempsey and Nicolas Lodeiro, the Sounders are moving the ball just fine.
53′ — Whitecaps go down a man — It was uncalled for and more importantly Morales likely cost the Whitecaps a spot in the postseason.
81′ — Evans seals the deal for the visitors — Brad Evans was all over the field on Sunday night. His reward: smashing home this penalty and knocking the Whitecaps out of the playoffs.
[ FOLLOW: All of PST’s MLS coverage | Standings | Stats | Schedule ]
Man of the match: Osvaldo Alonso
Goalscorers: Pedro Morales (25′), Osvaldo Alonso (39′), Brad Evans (81′)Follow @MattReedFutbol