Vancouver Whitecaps Vs. Seattle Sounders, 2011 MLS: Penalty Draws Visitors Level

That Vancouver Whitecaps lead didn't last particularly long, did it? Barely ten minutes after going in front thanks to a neat move by Davide Chiumiento capped off by a Camilo tap-in, the hosts conceded a penalty, which the Seattle Sounders were only too happy to convert.

When Fredy Montero picked up the ball in the box and sent in a stinging shot towards his right, Joe Cannon was only too happy to make the save. But he couldn't stop a rebound, and the ball fell to Alvaro Fernandez, who sent the ball towards the mostly-empty net. I say mostly empty, because Jay DeMerit's arm went and got in the way. Silly arm. For some reason, referee Jair Marrufo didn't give the defender a straight red card, but for Seattle, the yellow and the penalty were reward enough. Brad Evans stepped up, sent Cannon the wrong way, and brought the Sounders level once more. It's 1-1 in the first half at Empire Field.

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