COA News 2024


RECAP: Sounders fall short in 2-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps

The Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the Seattle Sounders 2-0 at Lumen Field on Saturday night behind second-half goals from Ryan Gauld and Brian White.

Vancouver got its first dangerous look of the match in the 11th minute when Pedro Vite’s shot from the top of the box forced Stefan Frei into a diving stop to his left.

The Sounders were reduced to 10 men in the 43rd minute after Jackson Ragen was sent off for a challenge on Gauld. The referee initially gave Ragen a yellow card, but he upgraded it to a red card after video review.

The Sounders had a chance in the sixth minute of first-half stoppage time when Jordan Morris’ header from Albert Rusnák’s free kick went just wide.

The Whitecaps opened the scoring in the 58th minute after a Sounders turnover at the back led to a Sam Adekugbe cross, which picked out Gauld. The Scottish midfielder fired a one-time left-footed finish past Stefan Frei.

Vancouver doubled its lead in the 71st minute when White took advantage of a turnover and finished past Frei for his third goal in as many games.

Seattle went down to nine men in the 75th minute after Alex Roldan saw a straight red card for a challenge on Ali Ahmed.

Frei kept the deficit at two in the 79th minute after a brilliant stop on Damir Kreilach’s close-range header and a stop on White’s subsequent rebound.

The Sounders’ best chance of the second half came in the fourth minute of stoppage time when Yeimar collected a header from a corner to Josh Atencio, whose volley was parried away by goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka.


First Cascadia Cup match in the books

The Sounders played their first match of the 2024 Cascadia Cup on Saturday. Defending champion Whitecaps played their second match after beating the Portland Timbers 3-2 at BC Place in March.

João Paulo makes first start of 2024

After a hip injury kept him off the field to start the campaign, Sounders central midfielder João Paulo earned his first start of the season. The Brazilian continued for 63 minutes before being replaced by Atencio.

A cross-country trip awaits

The Sounders begin a two-game road swing on the East Coast this Saturday. Seattle visits DC United this weekend before visiting the Philadelphia Union on April 30 to restart a match that was abandoned in the sixth minute on March 9 due to bad weather.