This evening, the Seattle Sounders take on the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of another sold-out home crowd. This game is important for many reasons. First, the Sounders are hoping the additions of Brad Evans and Clint Dempsey will get them scoring goals and out of their July losing slump. Second, the Sounders can clinch the Cascadia Cup title with a win.
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Finally, three critical points could put either team closer to the top of the MLS West.
So, who will come out on top? Let's take a look at what the data tells us.
As Jacob alluded to, Vancouver is a foul-heavy team. Time for some free kick magic, yes?
Conversely, Vancouver is not a possession-heavy team. They are comfortable letting opponents dominate possession, opting to take advantage of counter attacks. The Sounders are going to need to be strong in the transition.
After Saturday, Seattle and Vancouver will meet three more times in the next two months, beginning this Wednesday with a CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage clash.
Seattle is 4-4-4 against the Whitecaps, including a 2-2-1 record in Seattle. Vancouver has scored 11 of its 17 goals in the first half, while Seattle has scored 12 of its 17 goals in the second half.
On to the infographic! What are your predictions for this match?