Rookie helps Whitecaps edge Sounders

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:27 PM ET

TUKWILA, Wash. - Vancouver Whitecaps rookie Omar Salgado scored the opener and set-up the 3-2 winner against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday to end the Cascadia Summit exhibition series.

Salgado, the top pick in the 2011 Major League Soccer draft, exploited a Seattle defensive error for the sixth minute marker. He jockeyed for position in the 12th but Russell Teibert’s cross bounced and eluded goalkeeper Terry Boss. Salgado chipped the ball over Boss in the 47th, allowing Brazilian striker Camilo Sanvezzo to convert.

“It was a great game, a battle from both teams, it was side to side,” said Mexican-American Salgado, who is subject to a FIFA rule banning him from league matches until he turns 18 in September.

“He showed us one more time he is going to be a good player,” said Whitecaps’ head coach Teitur Thordarson. “On many occasions he received the ball facing his own goal, he turned the defenders off and ran away from them.”

Sounders’ midfielder Roger Levesque spoiled Jay Nolly’s shutout bid in the 45th minute. Backup goalkeeper Joe Cannon took over in the second half and relied on the crossbar to stop Patrick Ianni’s 53rd minute rocket from 30 yards. Cannon was not so fortunate in the 77th when substitute striker Miguel Montano profited from a Levesque cross.

The Portland Timbers opened the regional I-5 rivalry weekend by blanking Seattle 2-0 on Friday.

The Whitecaps achieved a 1-1 tie Saturday on a Portland own goal.

Vancouver ends its exhibition schedule behind closed-doors March 12 at Empire Field against the 2010 MLS champion Colorado Rapids. Toronto FC visits March 19 for Vancouver’s first MLS regular season match.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca


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