Seattle Sounders were able to grab a crucial victory over Vancouver Whitecaps to arrest a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions. This was also the first victory for Seattle since beating Orlando City in the middle of May. Brian Schmetzer was coming under pressure owing to this disappointing form since the start of the campaign. As a result, the two Los Angeles teams have been able to make substantial inroads into the top of the Western Conference table. LA Galaxy have a two-point advantage – after having played a game more – while LAFC have been able to open up an eight-point advantage after having played the same number of matches as Seattle.
“The coaching staff, the players – we’re all going to go home happy today. That’s pro sports. Buzzer beaters in basketball, last minute Hail Marys in football – it’s all the same. That’s why sports is a great and entertaining event. Prior to the goal, I thought the game really kind of opened up in the second half. Our guys were getting after it and we were trying to score and trying to make a play,” said Schmetzer, whose team take on New York City in the next game.