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Sounders FC 2 at Whitecaps FC 2, recap: Midfield struggles end in a decent result

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S2 earn a 1-1 tie in Vancouver, thanks to a Zach Mathers goal

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At picturesque Thunderbird Stadium on the University of British Columbia’s campus, Seattle Sounders FC 2 managed a 1-1 tie against Whitecaps FC 2 despite a helping of tenuous play from the Rave Green. S2’s midfielders struggled to retain possession throughout the match, and they were frequently disjointed in their passing. They managed a goal in the 37th minute though, when centerback Jordy Delem ran through the midfield and slid a pass to Zach Mathers as he ran between the Whitecaps’ centerbacks. Mathers went 1-on-1 against Whitecaps keeper Marco Carducci, and calmly put the ball into the back of the net.

Vancouver equalized in the 54th minute and controlled the match for much of the second half. They passed aggressively into their opponents’ half and gave S2 plenty of space on the wings, but the visitors failed to turn that space into anything dangerous. Vancouver also created a number of opportunities on the run throughout the second half.

The Sounders’ best opportunities of the match (besides their goal) all came after the 90th minute. First, Jordan Schweitzer dribbled through the left side of Vancouver’s box until he was about three or four feet from goal, but rocketed his shot wide. A few minutes later, the Sounders intercepted a Whitecaps clearance in midfield and quickly passed it to an undefended Myron Samuels, but Samuels chipped his shot over the goal. Samuels had another shot off of a corner kick seconds later, but the ball dribbled right into the arms of Carducci.

Today’s was a frustrating game from S2, especially considering the late game opportunities—but a tie on the road against the conference leaders is surely nothing to frown at.