Seattle — Sounders FC took a lead, lost a lead and then regained the lead on its way to a wild 3-2 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps before a crowd of 53,679 on Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
Lamar Neagle of Federal Way figured in all three of Seattle’s goals.
In the ninth minute, he slipped a pass through the Vancouver defense to Andy Rose, who took the ball behind the Whitecaps’ defense and beat goalkeeper Brad Knighton to the far post to put Seattle ahead 1-0.
After Vancouver moved ahead on a pair of Camilo Sanvezzo headers, Neagle drew a foul in the penalty area. Servando Carrasco nailed the penalty kick that drew Seattle even in the 70th minute.
The winner came 11 minutes later, when Martins slipped a pass in front of the Vancouver goal, and Neagle ran on and finished from close range.
The win moves Seattle to the top of this season’s Cascadia Cup race, 1-0-1. Vancouver falls to 0-1-1. Portland is at 0-0-2.
The Sounders also extended their league-high streak of 39 unbeaten games (31-0-9) when scoring the first goal.
Seattle got its fifth win in its past six games once again using a makeshift lineup, due to usual starters being unavailable because of injury, suspension and national team duty. The midfield in particular had a U.S. Open Cup flavor with Alex Caskey, Rose and Carrasco joining Mauro Rosales.firstname.lastname@example.org