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Fredy Montero scored the equalizer in the 90th minute to earn a 2-2 road draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the first Cascadia fixture of 2012. Seattle remains unbeaten (2-0-3) against Cascadia teams.

 

Seattle twice pulled level with second-half goals from Eddie Johnson and Montero. Johnson and Montero also recorded assists, along with Mauro Rosales.

 

Sounders FC (7-2-2, 23 points) extended its MLS-best road undefeated streak to nine games (7-0-2) and remains unbeaten (1-0-2) against the Whitecaps FC (5-3-3, 18 points).

 

In the 90th minute, Johnson headed the ball down to Montero who touched it twice, cut between two Whitecaps defenders and twisted a shot into the right side of the net. Montero now leads the series with three career goals against Vancouver, and has scored in all of Seattle's road Cascadia matches.

 

It was Montero's fourth goal of the season, tied for first on the team, and the Colombian striker has scored all 10 of his points (four goals, two assists) in the last five games.

 

Johnson opened the scoring for Seattle in the 47th minute to pull Seattle level, 1-1. Montero played to a wide-open Rosales in the corner, who accurately crossed to Johnson for a strong header. It was Johnson's third goal of the season.

 

With three points today, Johnson now has 102 points in his MLS career (44 goals, 14 assists). The assist today was his first for Sounders FC.

 

Rosales now has two assists on the season, both of which on Johnson goals.

 

Alain Rochat put Vancouver up 1-0 in the 12th minute when he dribbled up the left side and into the box unmarked, then slotted a shot past Bryan Meredith inside the far post. The goal was the earliest Seattle has conceded this season.

 

Vancouver's second goal came from Camilo in the 83rd minute, giving the Whitecaps FC a 2-1 advantage. He bent a free kick into the box that two Vancouver players lunged for and missed, but the ball bounced through and into the side netting. Camilo had come on Davide Chiumiento just three minutes earlier.

 

Sounders FC had a chance for a game-winner in stoppage time when a Montero found Zach Scott with a free kick, but the defender's header went wide.

 

After managing just two first half shots, Seattle finished with 11 total shots, five of which were on goal.

 

Seattle had two good chances around the 50-minute mark. Johnson headed the ball in the box to Montero, whose hard shot was saved by a diving Joe Cannon. Moments later, Cannon was forced to make another diving save when Montero got an open header in the box.

 

In the 57th minute, Montero took a hard shot from 25-yards out, but Cannon leapt to knock the ball over the crossbar.

 

Meredith kept Vancouver off the board in the eighth minute when he charged out and made a stop on Omar Salgado's feet after the 18-year-old striker got behind the defense.

 

Sounders FC returns home this week to host the Columbus Crew on Wednesday, May 23. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.

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