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Fernandez scores, Whitecaps beat Sounders 1-0

Fernandez scores, Whitecaps beat Sounders 1-0
Seattle Sounders' Brad Evans, right, takes a shot on goal as Vancouver Whitecaps' Gershon Koffie, of Ghana, slides to try and block it during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Sebastian Fernandez scored on a long shot in the 12th minute in the Vancouver Whitecaps' 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night.

Fernandez took a pass from Pedro Morales and launched a shot about 30 yards out that sailed past goalkeeper Stefan Frei. It was Vancouver's first goal since June 7, ending a two-game scoring drought.

Major League Soccer-leading Seattle dropped to 11-3-3 with the loss that snapped its winning streak at three games. Vancouver improved to 6-3-7.

The Whitecaps pressed for most of the first half and created several good scoring chances.

In the 19th minute, Morales lofted a free kick from a sharp angle that landed in the box. The ball sat tantalizing for a few seconds, but was cleared before a Whitecap could touch it.

One of the prettiest plays came in the 33rd minute when defender Steven Beitashour sent a perfect cross to a charging Erik Hurtado, but the forward sent the shot high and wide.

In extra time of the first half, Morales struck a curling shot that Frei stopped.

Seattle's best scoring chance in the first half came in the 19th minute when a header floated over top of the Whitecaps' net.

The Sounders began to press in the second half. Midfielder Lamar Neagle came close in the 52nd minute, firing a shot that drifted just wide of the Vancouver net.

Seattle's Tristan Bowen, a second-half substitution, fired a shot in the 60th minute that took a dangerous bounce before being gobbled up by goalkeeper David Ousted.

Seattle midfielders Osvaldo Alonso and Gonzalo Pineda sat out because an accumulation of yellow cards.
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