It's a tough loss, and so much of it rests on the choices Mark Geiger made Saturday night. Rather than focus on that, these observations focus on what Sigi Schmid and his players control. Seattle Sounders fell, again. But they found a new path to loss, and still have yet to find a run of play goal from a forward.
Mark Geiger points to the spot twice and was badly fooled both times.
Blaming the referee for a loss is a pretty weak excuse. Barring gross incompetence, a good team can often overcome a handful of questionable calls. And while the Seattle Sounders have plenty of areas where they can say "we should have done better" in their 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, Mark Geiger's performance deserves a long look from PRO's review board.
The Seattle Sounders have found themselves in an early hole despite a strong start. After doing little else other than absorbing pressure for the first nine minutes of the match, the Vancouver Whitecaps were effectively gifted a penalty when Joevin Jones and Christian Bolanos got their feet tangled.
Preseason results will mean very little when March 6 rolls around but for a team that needs to build confidence, the Fire will take victories any time they can. After wins against the University of South Florida and the Philadelphia Union, one of the better teams in the Western Conference would certainly provide a better measuring stick for where the revamped side is right now.
If this were a regular season contest, the odds would be stacked against the Fire. As it is, anything can happen in preseason when clubs are trying to regain fitness and work on different elements of the side. Martin Tomszak is back with a look at the Fire's opponent on Sunday. (4:30 CT at Chicago-fire.
After a week off, Sporting KC is back on the field tomorrow night in Vancouver against the Whitecaps. It'll be the first game back at BC Place since the World Cup final last weekend between the US and Japan. KC will return to Vancouver after last year's 2-0 loss there that many point to as the point that the wheels really started to come off in last year's campaign for KC.
It wasn't a pretty game, it was probably one of the worst games KC has played in a while, and there have been some bad ones (Toronto on the road a few weeks ago, Philadelphia at home the first time this year, and last year). KC looked out of sorts from the start of the game and the Whitecaps would eventually make them pay as they would end Kansas City's eight game unbeaten run and five game road winning streak, losing 2-0.
One of U.S. Soccer's most perseverant players has played his last game.
Jay DeMerit has announced his retirement in an open letter to Vancouver Whitecaps fans. DeMerit's decision comes after two injury-plagued seasons in Vancouver in which the centerback suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the season opener in 2013 and another torn tendon in his left ankle this past June.
Despite a Jermain Defoe penalty finish, Toronto FC was forced to settle for the team's third draw in five games.
TFC and the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night, as Defoe's 64th minute equalizer canceled Darren Mattocks' early second half finish, earning the two Canadian sides a share of the points.
Chivas USA haven't lost this year when Erick "Cubo" Torres has scored.
With Chivas USA up a man late in the match, Torres arrived like a thief in the night at the back post and calmly headed home the game-winning-goal, before Chivas USA finished off the Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-1, to stun the crowd at BC Place on Saturday evening.
The Vancouver Whitecaps went to Colorado on Saturday tied with the Rapids for the fourth spot on the Major League Soccer Western Conference table. They leave bumped down in the playoff race after a performance unbecoming of a postseason hopeful.
The Rapids laid siege to the Whitecaps, out-shooting them by a whopping 19-to-5 with Dillon Powers and Vicente Sanchez breaking through for a 2-0 win and snapping an eight-game unbeaten streak for Vancouver.
Poetry Corner Kicks ignores the bad and stays positive.
A tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps ain't bad. Unfortunately, the Philadelphia Union are still only gaining 0.94 points per game, which at this point in the season, is only better than Montreal and Chivas. On the plus side, Conor Casey.
On Saturday, about 400 miles to the west of Foxborough, the Revolution's USL affiliate in Rochester gathered a healthy collection of ex-Rhinos players for an exhibition match dubbed "The Legends Game." Naturally, it was a hit for everyone involved.
The race for Major League Soccer teams to own a USL Pro franchise is heating up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Seattle Sounders FC future USL Pro club could potentially discover them their future Clint Dempsey (Left) and Obafemi Martins (Right), with the young players in the Seattle region getting some playing time to develop.
NESoccerToday photographers Chris Aduama (aduamaphotography.com), Kari Heistad (capturedimages.biz) and Jeff Bernstein (JB Photography) bring you the scenes from Saturday's Revolution-Whitecaps clash at Gillette Stadium.
Welcome season 2015! Fire up the television set and adjust the antenna, we are about to watch the TFC Bradleys play game 1 on the road in Vancouver.
Now this blogger has been keeping an intensely low profile. Oh yes, I watched those pre-season games from Brandenton Florida. But what was the point of blogging about mist and rain and strange camera angles, I ask you?
2014 Season - Episode 12 covers Union 3 - 3 Whitecaps and the departure of John Hackworth.
We thought that the original recording was lost forever to a corrupt file but after a lot of work it has arisen like a phoenix from the flames. You will have to take a trip in a TARDIS and go back in time to the land that time forgot, also known as 'before the World Cup', and consider the Vancouver game from June 7th and the 'breaking news' that Hackworth had been fired.
Rapids + Whitecaps = Wet So far this season Colorado has 3 wins in 3 games against Canadian teams. Tomorrow they try to make it 4 in 4 as the league restarts after the World Cup break. Vancouver is in town as focus returns to domestic soccer. No word if Iranian World Cup squad member Steven Beitashour has re-joined Vancouver yet or not, otherwise neither team has players missing for the World Cup.
We spoke with Bartosz Wysocki at Eighty Six Forever to talk about the Dynamo's first trip to Canada of the year.
The Houston Dynamo are looking to put minds at ease following their first road game of the year against the New York Red Bulls. The team was able to hold a lead twice in the game, but still eventually fell to the home team in a bizarre defenseless 4-3 loss.
It's official: After three years of smoke there is finally fire to the Portland Timbers acquiring Darren Mattocks from the Vancouver Whitecaps, as on Monday the Timbers and ‘Caps completed the deal for the Jamaican forward in exchange for targeted allocation money in 2016, general allocation money in 2017, and a 2017 international roster spot.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Seattle Sounders started the 2016 preseason with a chippy contested affair with the Vancouver Whitecaps that (as it always does) came down to quality in front of goal. While both sides' starters were held scoreless in the first half, the Whitecaps scored two to Darwin Jones' one in the second half.
In this series we take a look back at the 2010 Philadelphia Union team to see what everyone is doing now. Today we look at the guys on the back line - the defenders.
Jordan Harvey: Harvey was picked up by the Colorado Rapids in the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft, where he spent the better part of three seasons (he did a loan stint with the Seattle Sounders, then in the USL).
This is certainly not the start that Frank Yallop was looking for and definitely not one that the Fire can afford. The inability to take advantage of anything at home coupled with late defensive lapses was of major concern last season and this home opener did nothing to assure anyone that those struggles have been left behind.
FC Dallas has one sure-fire way to clinch a playoff spot this weekend-win at Vancouver. And if FCD coach Oscar Pareja has his way, that's exactly what his club will do this weekend, beat the Whitecaps at BC Place to clinch FCD's first playoff spot outright since 2011.