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Cascadia Cup 2013 is again contested as Seattle and Vancouver meet for the first time this season. Tonight's NBC Sports Network national game features the return of Arlo White to CenturyLink Field and a couple thousand Canadian fans remembering how to lose.

Mauro Rosales will be a key player for Seattle today
Mauro Rosales will be a key player for Seattle today
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A match between a highly depleted average standings team and a slightly depleted below average would not normally be a national event. But soccer in Cascadia is a major sport, and when NBC and MLS want to present fan passion there is little choice but games like these when the Cascadia Cup is on the line and thousands travel to see their club perform.

The weaknesses of Vancouver can be exploited by strong play from Mauro Rosales and DeAndre Yedlin. They will be going up against another below strength left back. Seattle's forward pair need to continue to be fed balls that spring them through the line. With the Whitecaps being a decent set-play team the Sounders can not afford to foul in dangerous areas. Lastly, the Seattle midfield must act as if they belong in the XI. The reduced nature of their side means that Carrasco, Rose and Caskey/Estrada need to earn future starts from their performance tonight.

TV: NBC Sports Net (White/Martino)
Radio: KIRO 97.3 FM (Fletcher/Keller))
Spanish Radio: La Gran D 99.3 FM (Aleman/Hernandez)

Referee: Hilario Grajeda - MLS Career: 84 games; FC/gm: 24.3; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 15; pens: 11
AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Paul Scott; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal

Disabled List: SEA: Josh Ford

Suspended: SEA: Shalrie Joseph (through June 9)
Suspended next yellow card: SEA: Eddie Johnson
Suspended next two yellow cards: none

International Absences: SEA: Eddie Johnson, Brad Evans (both USA); Mario Martinez (Honduras) VAN: Darren Mattocks (Jamaica)

Tactical Keys

  • Tilt Right
  • Spring The Forwards
  • Avoid Granting Danger
  • Midfield Communication

Player Matchups

  • Mauro Rosales v Jordan Harver\y
  • Obafemi Martins v Brad Knighton
  • Michael Gspurning v Kenny Miller

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