Saturday's 1 PM Cascadia Cup match should feature over 55,000 fans watching the most significant contest in this rivalry's young MLS history. Both the Seattle Sounders FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps are poised for MLS Cup Playoff runs and the points from this match could mean the difference in seeding. Seattle is as healthy as they've been in 2012 while Vancouver is a reduced side with losses in their spine (Bonjour & Robson out, Demerit doubtful).
At home Vancouver is a good team. They aren't at home. Instead they are on the road where they are still having expansion-like struggles with a 3-6-3 record and giving up nearly twice as many goals as they score. Their defensive woes are particularly focused in an area where Seattle not only excels, but is improving. Sounders crosses and deadball service should be particularly effective today. That should be more true with the reduced defensive lineup that Martin Rennie has on hand.
Vancouver's attack is particularly effective coming through their fullbacks and then using Mattocks athleticism to create magic. There are a dozen attacking options for Rennie to use to try and create mismatches or late game goals. Like the Sounders they are particularly effective in the final 30 minutes of the match. Whatever the score, this rivalry match should entertain until the final moments.
The broadcast is on KING 5/105 at 1 PM Pacific
Referee: Silviu Petrescu | MLS Career: 51 games; FC/gm: 27.3; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 8; pens: 7
AR1 (bench): Kevin Duliba; AR2 (opposite): Jeff Hosking; 4th: Yader Reyes
Suspended: VAN: Martin Bonjour, Barry Robson
Warnings: (suspended next yellow card): SEA: Eddie Johnson ... VAN: Jun Marques Davidson, Darren Mattocks
- Cross Into Traffic
- Ideal XI Means Ideal Results
- Lateral Defense Along Line
- Watch Fullback Advancement
- Jeff Parke v Darren Mattocks
- Eddie Johnson v replacement CBs
- Christian Tiffert v Jun Marques Davidson
How We're Watching
Scarf: Heritage Scarf
Kit: Rave Green 2009
Where I'm Watching: Sec 131 (yeah, I'm surprised too)
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Note: Portland leads the Cascadia Cup standings with 4 points. Vancouver has two. Seattle has only one. All have played two games in the supporters' cup rivalry.