Saturday marks 45 days since the Seattle Sounders traveled north for a 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Let the battle for the 2014 Cascadia Cup trophy (and Oba World Cup) continue!
Are you ready?
Let's examine some of the players to watch and compare how the Sounders match up against the Vancouver Whitecaps ahead of Saturday's evening game.
Injury / Status Updates
The Sounders will be without the center mid duo of Osvaldo Alonso and Gonzalo Pineda. Both players have to sit due to yellow card accumulation. Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin are no longer competing in the Brazilian jungle, but they are doubtful for the game. Let's give these bloody American heroes a moment to recover.
The Whitecaps are close to a full squad this week, though their center back situation is murky. Veteran defender Andy O’Brien (hip) sat out of Wednesday’s training session, but remains probable. The 'Caps are also without captain Jay DeMerit, who has an ankle tendon injury. Right back Steven Beitashour returned from World Cup duties for Iran and is expected to be back in the lineup.
Seattle scores a lot of goals (10) in the final 15 minutes of the game. Guess what? Vancouver gives up a good amount of goals (8) in the same time period. Here are some graphs to prove it. WOO!
The Sounders are 3-0-0 since facing the 'Caps. Vancouver has gone 1-1-2 since the Cascadia Cup draw.
A friendly reminder that all Strengths/Weaknesses data comes from WhoScored.com. There have been conversations about the validity of the data categories. In these matchup graphics, I let the data tell the story without my own feelings or biases getting in the way. If you want smart, reliable analysis beyond the numbers, you should wait for sidereal's Scouting Report. He's smart.
Happy July 4th! 'MERICA!