Vancouver Whitecaps take advantage of two red cards to beat Seattle Sounders

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s Jackson Ragen was sent off for a red card in the 43rd minute, Alex Roldan had to leave in the 75th minute and the Vancouver Whitecaps took full advantage with a 2-0 Major League Soccer victory over the Sounders to book. Saturday night.

Ragen left the Sounders (1-4-3) down to a man after a video review upgraded his foul on Ryan Gauld. Roldan left the game after fouling Vancouver’s Ali Ahmed.

Gauld set up the first goal of the match in the 58th minute when he used Sam Adekugbe’s assist to drill a left-footed shot from the center of the penalty area through the center into the top center of the net. It was his third goal of the season, and all of them came in the last four games.

Brian White added an independent goal in the 71st minute for the Whitecaps (5-2-1). He has scored a goal in three straight games and has four this season.

Yohei Takaoka saved two shots to earn his third clean sheet of the season for the Whitecaps, moving him level on four points for the league lead.

Stefan Frei made two saves for the struggling Sounders, who have scored just nine goals this season. Five of them earned a shutout win at home against Montreal before being shutout twice since.

The Whitecaps – the first Western Conference club to reach five wins – have won all three of their road games this season.

Vancouver moves into first place in the West, one point ahead of Real Salt Lake and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Los Angeles plays the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday with a chance to match or regain the lead.


Seattle: Visits DC United this Saturday.

Vancouver: Visits the New York Red Bulls next Saturday.

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