Sounders Schmetzer: “We played to win.”

Seattle Sounders head coach  Brian Schmetzer met with the media  Monday morning and the coach squashed any notions that his team was not playing for a win in Sunday’s scoreless draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Leg One of the Western Conference Semifinals.

The game was a tough physical match that had more yellow cards than shots. The game had ten fouls,  three yellow cards and  just one shot on goal. Vancouver’s Nosa Igiebor was issued a yellow card for an elbow to the face of Sounders FC midfielder  Cristian Roldan in the 45th minute. Aly Ghazal received the Whitecaps second caution of the game in the 79 minute and the  Roldan received the visitor’s lone caution in the 87th minute.

The games lone shot was a 48th-minute header by Chad  Marshall.

 Western Conference Semifinals now shifts south of the Canadian border to CenturyLink field, where Seattle prepares to host Vancouver on Thursday, November 2 (7:30 p.m. PT / FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes).
As the higher-seeded team at the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, Seattle earned the right to host the second and deciding match of the series, a fifth matchup between the two sides this season across all competitions.
Seattle is 1-1-2 against their Cascadia rivals including Sunday night game  Audi MLS Cup Playoffs match at BC Place  The winner of the Western Conference Semifinals advances to the Conference Championship, facing the winner of the Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo series.
Seattle Sounders FC 0 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Venue: BC Place
Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistants: Jeff Hosking, Kermit Quisenberry
Fourth Official: Ricardo Salazar
VAR: Mark Geiger
Attendance: 27,837
Weather: Clear
VAN – Nosa (caution) 45′
VAN – Aly Ghazal (caution) 79′
SEA – Cristian Roldan (caution) 87′
Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Chad Marshall (Lamar Neagle 78′), Kelvin Leerdam, Nouhou, Román Torres; Nicolás Lodeiro – captain, Jordy Delem (Gustav Svensson 64′), Joevin Jones, Harry Shipp (Osvaldo Alonso 74′), Cristian Roldan; Will Bruin
Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Tony Alfaro, Oniel Fisher, Henry Wingo
Total shots: 6 (Six players, 1)
Shots on goal: 1 (Marshall, 1)
Fouls: 6 (Roldan, 2)
Offside: 1 (Lodeiro, 1)
Corner-kicks: 5 (Lodeiro, 5)
Saves: None

Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Stefan Marinovic; Jakob Nerwinski, Marcel de Jong, Tim Parker, Kendall Waton – captain; Christian Bolanos (Cristian Techera 76′), Brek Shea (Nicolas Mezquida 89′), Nosa (Yordy Reyna 62′), Tony Tchani, Aly Ghazal; Fredy Montero

Substitutes not used: David Ousted, Andrew Jacobson, Jordan Harvey, Bernie Ibini-Isei

Total shots: 7 (Montero, 3)
Shots on goal: None
Fouls: 14 (Nerwinski/Ghazal, 3)
Offside: None
Corner-kicks: 2 (Bolanos, 2)
Saves: 1 (Marinovic, 1)

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