SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 18: Fredy Montero #17 of the Seattle Sounders FC celebrates with Christian Tiffert #13 after scoring a goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps at CenturyLink Field on August 18, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders defeated the Whitecaps 2-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
This, we could get used to. The Seattle Sounders generated plenty of chances, finally converted a couple in the second half and moved into sole possession of third place in the Western Conference with their 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.
The early part of the game was mostly filled with frustration for the Sounders, as numerous chances went wanting. Among the notable misses were Brad Evans hitting a wide open shot from about 12 yards out right at goalkeeper Joe Cannon and Alex Caskey hitting an open shot wide from about 10 yards. It was really starting to get worrisome when Eddie Johnson missed a sitter from about six yards in the 53rd minute.
It really did seem like it was going to be one of those days.
Then Montero entered in the 61st minute and the game changed immediately. Montero opened the scoring just three minutes later. Jeff Parke was able to chest down a Mauro Rosales free kick that fell right to Montero's feet. The striker controlled the ball and then put it past a pair of Whitecaps defenders, giving him five goals off the bench this year in just 130 minutes. That's a goals per 90 rate of 3.46 for you stat heads.
From there, it was basically all Sounders. The only real chance the Whitecaps had from that point forward was a Darren Mattocks goal that was waved off for a foul in the box. With Montero and Eddie Johnson at forward, Rosales on the right, Christian Tiffert in the middle and Brad Evans on the left, the Sounders were goal dangerous on seemingly every trip down the field. They finally put it away when Evans delivered a chance on a platter to Johnson, who barely had to tap in the cross from about five yards out.
The Sounders have now gone 4-1-3 in their past eight and have registered shutouts in each of their past two home games. They also moved into a tie for the Cascadia Cup lead.