Vancouver still winless against Cascadian opposition

The Whitecaps squandered a lead in en route to a 3-2 loss at Seattle on Saturday, keeping Vancouver out of the win column against Cascadian opponents in its MLS era.

Once again, the Vancouver Whitecaps failed to defeat Cascadia opposition.

Visiting the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field Saturday night, the Whitecaps dropped a 3-2 result to their local rivals, thanks to goals from Andy Rose, Servando Carrasco, and a game-winner from Lamar Neagle.

Camilo did his best to make sure his side ended its slump against regional foes, but his brace wasn’t enough, even though it gave the Whitecaps a 2-1 lead.

"It was very disappointing to not get the point here, but the match is over and we just have to watch the game again and prepare for our next match,” Camilo said. “There were some positives.  I thought that the whole team played well. I think everybody had a good game, but we just need to pick it up a little bit."

Canadian Russell Teibert put in a strong showing, playing a part in both of Camilo’s goals in a losing cause.

Following the match, several Whitecaps, including goalkeeper Brad Knighton, pointed the finger at the playing surface as a key factor in the defeat, especially given star center back Andy O’Brien was forced to leave the match in the 62nd minute due to a hamstring injury.

That injury caused all sorts of problems for the back line as a whole, as left fullback Jordan Harvey was forced into the middle and youngster Greg Klazura, naturally a right fullback, slotted in on the left.

"Not to make excuses, but the field was ridiculously terrible,” Knighton said. “It's heavy, it's bumpy, the turf's coming up, and it's just a weird surface to play on. Anytime you put grass on top of turf you are going to get something like that. 

“Not to make excuses, but maybe Andy doesn't get injured if we aren't playing on grass laid on turf. They have to play in these conditions as well, but it was just one of those weird games where they scored early, but we came back and gained total control. Then Andy goes down with an injury and the game changes from there."

Having fallen to 4-5-4, the Whitecaps play again next weekend as they host the New England Revolution on Saturday at BC Place.