On Friday, the Seattle Sounders face the Vancouver Whitecaps at home, a team with a familiar crossing magician that helped propel them to back-to-back victories against two of the better teams in the league.
Both teams have the exact same record over their last 5 games. Both teams are currently above the red line for a playoff spot. Both teams will be missing a few starters. So who will come out on top?
Let's crunch some numbers, compare a few players, and look at key stats to see what the Sounders are up against.
Notable Player Absences
For Vancouver, midfielder Sebastian Fernandez is out due to yellow card accumulation. Central midfielder Darren Mattocks is representing Jamaica in a match against Japan, while Gershon Koffie has been out since mid-August with a foot sprain.
The Sounders will be without DeAndre Yedlin, who is also on international duty. Zach Scott, Gonzalo Pineda, and Leo Gonzalez all trained on Tuesday and could be ready to get some time on Friday.
Yellow Card Watch
The following players are one yellow card away from a suspension.
|Team||Player||# of Cautions||Remaining games to good
Notable Whitecaps weaknesses: Defending attacks down the wings and defending counter attacks. Yes, please.
Here is an interesting tidbit: The Whitecaps have not won a match this season when tied at halftime.
Vancouver scores goals at a consistent pace, but take a look at when they concede the most goals (HINT: it happens to be when the Sounders score a lot).
This graphic has two small additions: I added TV and radio stations airing the game, as well as a new Total Duels Won (%) category.
The Sounders have the opportunity to secure one more trophy this weekend: the Cascadia Cup. They just need to win or draw. Can they get it done? What are your predictions?