WFC2 lose heart breaker in Seattle

The misery on the road continues for WFC2.

The visiting ‘Caps dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker to Seattle Sounders2 at StarFire Stadium on Friday night, conceding yet another stoppage time winner, this time at the hands of Darwin Jones. Kyle Grieg had ended his 11 game scoreless streak off of a corner to give the ‘Caps a short lived 1-0 lead. 

Needing at least a draw to keep pace in the ultra competitive playoff chase, the ‘Caps were within seconds of securing a hard earned point on the road. Well into the fourth minute of stoppage time, Seattle caught WFC2 on the counter.  Jones drove down the left side of the box before firing the winner, low off the far post past Spencer Richey. 

The late goal left Vancouver with a look of disbelief as they watched their Cascadian rivals mob the match winner in the corner. It’s the six straight on the road without a win for Vancouver and more concerning, it’s yet another late winner conceded. Out of their last three losses, including last night, the ‘Caps found a way to let points slip through their grasps in the dying minutes. Alan Koch’s side conceded a 95th minute winner at Arizona and a 88th minute back breaker to Orange County at home before the latest slip up in Seattle.

On the positive side for Vancouver, their captain and leading scorer finally got off the schneid with a well taken near post header off of Kianz Froese's corner, fifteen minutes into the second half. Grieg, who had scored 10 times through the first 12 games hadn’t found the back of the net since the start of June.

Seattle  would equalize three minutes later off a corner of their own. Irvin Parra got free at the back post and guided a volley in from close range for his as a Sounder.

21-year-old Raphael Diaz made his first start for the ‘Caps, playing right back along side new player/coach Pa-Modou Kah.

WFC2 now close out their season with four straight at home, which is nothing but good news for a team that has struggled recently on the road. It’ll be all to play for down the stretch as well as the loss could see Vancouver drop as low as 6th in the West depending on other results over the weekend.

 

 

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