Seattle Sounders FC (11-3-2, 35 points) will take their winning ways up the road to BC Place Saturday to take on Cascadia Cup rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC (5-3-7, 22 points)
This will be the second meeting between the two rivals in BC this season. On May 24th the two teams played to a 2-2 draw. Sounders FC lead the race for the Supporters Shield by ten points. Seattle is coming off an impressive 1-0 road win over D.C United in a battle that showcased the best two teams in MLS.
Seattle has a league best five road wins and hope to add another in their clash with Vancouver despite missing some players. Along with USNMT players De Andre Yedlin and Clint Dempsey, the Sounders will be without Osvaldo Alonso and Gonzalo Pineda due to yellow card accumulations. The good news for the Sounders is that Obefami Martins will be available to play after serving his time for yellow card accumulations
“I don’t even know that guy,” Sounders FC’s Lamar Neagle laughed after a recent training session. “It’s going to be great. He’s going to be feeling good after he had a bit of a break. He’s looking sharp in training and I’m excited to see what he’s going to do.”
Vancouver FC will look to regain it’s winning ways after a 2-0 defeat to the Colorado Rapids snapped it’s club record eight games without a defeat.
"It was a tough day for a lot of the players," Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson said. "The first half, we didn't help ourselves by giving two sloppy goals away. When it goes to 2-0 it's hard. We have managed to get back before. We were better in the second half, but we probably didn't deserve to get anything out of the game."
The match between the two rivals should be a physical, choppy affair with both teams trying to win the midfield battle. Vancouver FC will play lone striker Erik Hurtado up front with five midfielders.
Sounders FC wingers Lamar Neagle and Marco Pappa will try to stay wide and hope Micheal Azira and Aaron Kovar can win the midfield battle with quick passes that can free Sounder FC forwards Chad Barrett and Kenny Cooper to run behind the Vancouver FC defense and get some shots.