The Seattle Sounders FC (8-3-1, 25 points) will be looking to keep it’s momentum in tack when they face arch rival and Cascadia Cup opponent Vancouver White Caps (4-2-4, 16 points) Saturday at BC Place.
Saturday’s game is a sibling rival that dates back to 1974 when the two teams played in the North American Soccer League.
Seattle holds the all-time advantage at 63-48-21, including 3-2-3 in MLS regular-season play. Saturdays match will be the 133rd all-time meeting between the two teams.
MLS league leaders in points Seattle Sounders FC will look to continue it’s winning form after last Saturday’s hard fought one nil home victory win over the San Jose Earthquakes.
The win was a league best fourth straight home win.
While Seattle Sounders FC is tied for the league record for most road victories with three, it’s last road game was a 1 nil loss to the New England Revolution.
Vancouver is fourth in the Western Conference and has won its last two games and is currently unbeaten (2-0-2) in its last four games.
Despite being the top scoring team in MLS with 23 goals, Sounders FC defense will need to come up big Saturday as it did the previous week against San Jose Earthquake when it recorded it’s third clean sheet of the season.
Vancouver’s offense is clicking due to the play of a front line that has an international flavor to its attack.
The Whitecaps offense is led by International players Pedro Morales (Chile), and Kekuta Manneh (Gambian) both with three goals. Darren Mattocks leads the team with three assist to go with his two goals.
➢ Seattle Obefami Martins is the only player in MLS who ranks in the Top 10 in goals (5; T-9th) and assists (6; 1st).
➢ Seattle has taken a league-high 181 shots with 74 on goal
➢ Sounders FC also lead the league with 24 assists and seven multi-goal games.
➢ The team has won six of its past seven outings, matching the club record set in 2013.
➢ Seattle has played in more games (8) decided by one goal than any MLS team