VANCOUVER -- The Seattle Sounders eked out a 2-1 triumph over the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Sunday, riding a first-half equalizer from midfielder Osvaldo Alonso and a second-half penalty kick from captain Brad Evans to the road victory.
The goal for Alonso was his third of the season and second in three weeks following his long-distance screamer in Seattle’s 4-2 victory over the LA Galaxy last weekend. The tally for Evans, meanwhile, came in his return to action after missing Seattle’s previous four matches due to injury.
With the victory, the Sounders moved to 13-13-5 and 44 points on the season, vaulting them over Sporting Kansas City and into fifth place in the Western Conference.
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Sounders lost one key contributor in the first half to injury and another to a second-half red card Wednesday night, but managed to escape with a 0-0 draw against the visiting Houston Dynamo in front of 39,772 at CenturyLink Field.
Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz sprained his knee in just the 11th minute, forcing interim head coach Brian Schmetzer to replace him with Erik Friberg, while captain Osvaldo Alonso was ejected in the 64th after making contact with the face of Houston’s Will Bruin during an off-the-ball scuffle.
The Sounders needed a win to clinch the franchise’s eighth consecutive appearance in the MLS Cup Playoffs, but that moment will have to wait with just two games remaining in the regular season
Nicolas Lodeiro scored a highlight-reel goal in the 41st minute but the Seattle Sounders conceded a second-half equalizer to Maximiliano Urruti and an 89th-minute game-winner to Carlos Ruiz in a 2-1 defeat to Western Conference-leading FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium.
The result denied the Sounders a chance to clinch a spot in the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs, which they would have done with a victory or a loss by the Portland Timbers to the Colorado Rapids. But the loss snapped Seattle’s six-game unbeaten streak and the Timbers won their home finale, leaving both teams’ playoff fate in limbo until the final week of the season.
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