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Seattle Sounders rally, edge rival Whitecaps in stoppage time

Seattle Sounders

Yeimar Gomez Andrade scored in second-half stoppage time to lift the Seattle Sounders to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night in the sides’ 150th encounter.

For the Sounders (10-7-5, 35 points), Leo Chu scored twice in the second half and backup goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland made three saves. Starter Stefan Frei, who leads the MLS with 11 shutouts, was out after sustaining a concussion earlier in the week in training.

The Whitecaps (6-7-7, 25 points) were led by Ryan Gauld, who scored and assisted. Yohei Takaoka, the goalie, made three saves and assisted on Vancouver’s second goal.

The winning goal came shortly after Vancouver’s Mathias Laborda was sent off for his second yellow card, leaving the Whitecaps with 10 men.

Takaoka deflected Chu’s shot from the left side as the Sounders pushed the resulting free-kick into the penalty area. The rebound fell directly to Gomez Andrade at the penalty spot, who fired a shot into the net.

Both of Chu’s goals overturned one-goal deficits and were set up by Nicolas Lodeiro and Jackson Ragen.

Chu tied the game in the 60th minute after trailing 1-0 at the half. Ragen headed on Lodeiro’s near-post corner kick to a wide-open Chu, whose volley bounced off the left post on its way into the net.

In the 72nd minute, Takaoka’s long goal kick into the middle of the field was headed on by Brian White, setting up Gauld on a breakaway. From 15 yards, he sent a left-footed effort into the bottom right corner of the net.

Lodeiro’s free-kick from the left flank found Ragen at the top right of the 6-yard box, and his header back across the goalmouth was tapped in by a falling Chu in the 76th minute.

The Whitecaps took the lead in the 24th minute after Levonte Johnson was fouled by Lodeiro just outside the top left corner of the penalty area. Ranko Veselinovic headed into the far side netting after Gauld’s free-kick found him just outside the top of the 6-yard box.

Cleveland made two outstanding saves, leaping to deflect Sebastian Berhalter’s 25-yard effort over the crossbar in the 18th minute and diving to stop a White shot in the 82nd.