When the Seattle Sounders last faced the Vancouver Whitecaps, the two teams were on opposite sides of the standings. While the Sounders remain at the top, the Whitecaps have steadily risen.
While Vancouver is still outside the playoffs position, it undeniably plays much better football these days. Since that last meeting, the Whitecaps have lost just 2 out of 18 games and are 6-1-2 over the past nine. That puts them just one point behind Minnesota United for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with seven games left. They are also just two points out of fifth with a game in hand.
The turnaround of the Whitecaps largely coincides with the addition of Designated Player Ryan Gauld and Brian White’s subsequent improvement in form. The Whitecaps are 6-1-4 with Gauld on the roster and are 4-1-1 in his six starts. With Gauld drawing so much attention from the defence, White exploded with eight goals in the last nine games, including a hat-trick in his final appearance.
The stakes aren’t that high for the Sounders, but they do need to win to both maintain their lead in the Western Conference and maintain any hope of winning the New England Revolution in the Supporters’ Shield race.
Still, the Sounders are heavy favorites for a reason. The Whitecaps are only 1-4-8 on the road and haven’t won in Seattle since March 19, 2016. The Sounders are 7-0-2 against the Whitecaps at Lumen Field in the nine encounters since.
- The Sounders will earn a spot in the playoffs if they win or equalize this game. It would be the 13th consecutive season in which they have qualified for the postseason, an MLS record.
- The Sounders are in a 10-game undefeated run against the Whitecaps dating back to April 14, 2017.
- No two American or Canadian teams have faced each other more often in their history than the Sounders and Whitecaps. This will be their 145th meeting ever, spanning three different competitions. Their first meeting was on June 7, 1974. The Sounders went 70-50-24 in those games.
- The Sounders defend their fourth Cascadia Cup title of the MLS era. They are currently second in the standings.
Cascadia Cup standings
|2||Seattle Sounders FC||2||1||0||1||6||4||2||3|
|3||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||1||0||0||1||0||1||−1||0|
REQUEST: Benezet (L hip flexor trunk)
OUT: Raul Ruidiaz (Internal Service), Xavier Arreaga (Internal Service), Nouhou (Internal Service), Cristian Roldan (Internal Service), Alex Roldan (Internal Service); Delem (R ACL tear); Lodeiro (R knee surgery); Morris (L ACL tear)
DOUBT: Ranko Veselinović (right groin injury); Andy Rose (left calf strain)
QUESTIONS: Erik Godoy (right foot injury)
OUT: Maxime Crepeau (internal service), Lucas Cavallini (internal service), Javain Brown (internal service); Caio Alexandre (left foot, fifth metatarsal fracture);
NEXT YELLOW CARD SUSPENDED: SEA: Yeimar Gomez Andrade, Raul Ruidiaz … FROM: Cristian Dajome
REFEREE: Ted Unkel. AR1 (couch): Nick Uranga; AR2 (opposite): Peter Balciunas; 4th: Victor Rivas; VAR: Younes Marrakchi; AVAR: Jeremy Hanson
match date/time: 9 Oct. 6:08 PM PT
Event location: Lumen Field, Seattle
Stream online: Amazon Prime (affiliate link, in-market), ESPN+ (affiliate link, off the market)
Local English TV: Fox13+ (Cosigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Cosigan, Keller, Zakuani)
ItCal spanishuh Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Local Spanish TV: KUNS-TV Univision-Seattle
China: Chinese sports media
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain: DAZN (Europe)
Latin America (e.g. Brazil): ESPN Latin America
Southeast Asia & Oceania: being into sports
United Kingdom & Ireland: Premier Sports
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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