It has been a very busy week for the entire Vancouver Whitecaps organization. In addition to their scheduled league matches, players from both the MLS squad and WFC2 made a midweek trip to Trinidad and Tobago for a CONCACAF Champion's League match against Central FC..
On top of that WFC2 were also playing their third match in 8 days, and were still recovering from the 3-2 loss suffered at Arizona United SC on Wednesday night.
Despite a valiant effort against S2 on Saturday afternoon, the busy week had taken it's toll on WFC2.
"Disappointed. We hoped we could get 3 points today," WFC2 head coach Alan Koch said after the match. "That's the optimist in me. The realist in me knows these guys have been through all sorts of travel, and all sorts of games in the last little while. It's certainly not an excuse, but it's a factor."
WFC2 pressed early looking for an early goal against their rivals. In the 10th minute Marco Bustos saw his shot from the top of the Seattle box hit the inside of the left post. Fullback Giuliano Frano hammered the ball into the back of the net, but the goal was called back for offside.
Vancouver had plenty more chances to get on the scoresheet in the first half, but it was Seattle midfielder Zach Mathers who put the Sounders on top in the 36th minute.
WFC2 were not to be denied, and drew level in the 54th minute courtesy of Daniel Haber for his 6th goal of the season.
Neither team was able to find a way to break the deadlock, and the match finished in a one-all draw.
"It was just not good enough today," said WFC2 defender Sem de Wit. "I felt we had to win this game, especially if we want to stay on top of the league."
WFC2 (10W-5L-7D, 37 pts) still remain at the top of the USL Western Conference two points ahead of LA Galaxy II. Despite winning only one out of their last 6 matches, WFC2 have still managed to maintain their position at the top of the table.
It's another short turnaround for the 'Caps, who play Orange County FC Blues on Wednesday night at Thunderbird Stadium. With 8 matches left in the regular season, Koch is still squarely focused on the task at hand.
"We've got eight games left," said Koch. "Hopefully we take care of business and get as many points as possible, and then get to play in a playoff game."
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