BURNABY, B.C. - The Seattle Sounders FC improved its preseason mark to 3-1-1 after a scoreless draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday afternoon at Burnaby's Swangard Stadium.
It was a game of two halves offensively, despite the dearth of goals. The Sounders came out aggressive in the offensive third early but were turned away several times.
Seattle was whistled for six offsides in the first half, ending several scoring opportunities – including a header by Steve Zakuani in the 15th minute that found the back of the net. In the 27th minute, Freddie Ljungberg beat Vancouver’s defense on the left side of the box but was also ruled offside.
The Sounders then turned to their defense to turn back the Whitecaps, who lost to Seattle, 3-2, during February training at the Casa Grande (Ariz.) Performance Institute.
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Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller, out of Lacey’s North Thurston High, kept Vancouver scoreless with two saves, including one on forward Dever Orgill’s one-touch shot in the 38th minute. Defender James Riley helped out by knocking down a shot by Ansu Toure in the 51st minute.
Seattle managed a couple of scoring chances late. But shots by Mike Seamon, the club’s second-round draft pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, and midfielder Stephen King were deflected away at the goal.
The Sounders return home to face the Portland Timbers in a preseason match at 6 p.m. Thursday at Qwest Field.