You sang for them, Seattle. Boy, oh boy, did they ever fight for you.
A fervent crowd of 53,679 packed CenturyLink Field Saturday night. The fifth-largest crowd in team history were on hand to witness an early favorite for MLS’ Match of the Year.
The electricity in the stands transferred onto the field early in the match. Andy Rose’s finish in the ninth minute ignited the crowd. The Emerald City party started.
And then, Camilo Sanvezzo showed up.
Seattle’s celebration was short-lived. It took Camilo all of 60 seconds to respond to Rose’s goal. Another header in the 26th minute gave the Vancouver Whitecaps an improbable 2-1 lead and silenced the 50,000-plus on hand.
But Lamar Neagle and Obafemi Martins would not be denied.
Martins wasn’t awarded a penalty in the 53rd minute. The Nigerian attacker was taken down close to the edge of the penalty area. Referee Hilario Grajeda determined that the foul took place outside of the area. The replays say otherwise. But Seattle’s constant pressure—the team finished with 58.9 percent of the possession—finally paid off in the 69th minute.
The Sounders were awarded a penalty, thanks to a poor tackle from Greg Klazura. Servando Carrasco calmly buried it into the top of the net.
It was his first career MLS goal.
The Martins-to-Neagle partnership completed the comeback in the 81st minute.
It took 53,679 fans, 16 attempts on goal and 439 total passes, but the Sounders are finally back in playoff position.
Next up for the Emerald City is Tuesday's World Cup qualifier between the United States and Panama.
Good luck trying to top this one, CONCACAF.