With the ‘second season’ underway in MLS the Seattle Sounders enter as defending champions. They hold MLS Cup, for now. Their mission, as they state, is to “Defend Our Cup.” First, they must hold off the Vancouver Whitecaps, a long-time rival with a history stretching back to 1974. This all Cascadia contest is the Western Conference Semifinals. The winner will be three matches from the title. The loser will start their offseason a month earlier than their desires.
This two-leg aggregate goal series features the two winning-est clubs in Cascadia, but one of them has yet to win an MLS Cup. Seattle Sounders are in poor health. Brad Evans will be out for the series, while Osvaldo Alonso, Jordan Morris, Victor Rodriguez and Gustav Svensson could return to the field at some point during this MLS Cup Playoffs contest. Vancouver Whitecaps are without David Edgar and Matias Laba.
Sounders are 14-9-11 +13 overall, good for 2nd in the West (7th in Shield). They are 3-8-6 -7 on the road.
The Whitecaps are 3rd in the West (8th overall) with a 15-12-7 +1 with a home record of 9-3-5 +10. Vancouver crushed San Jose 5-0 to advance to the conference semis.
Regular Season Series 2017: Sounders led 1-1-1 +2
All-Time MLS Series: Sounders lead 9-7-5 +3 (4-3-4 +4 in Vancouver)
All-Time between Sounders at Whitecaps: Sounders lead 58-46-32 (WSL era included 8 friendlies which were 3-3-2)
Trophy case comparison
Sounders (15): 1 MLS Cup, 1 Supporters Shield, 4 Open Cups, 2 USL titles, 2 A-League titles, 2 USL Commissioner Cups, 2 A-League regular season titles, 1 NASL Top of Table
Whitecaps (10): 6 Voyageurs Cups, 2 USL titles, 1 USL Commissioner’s Cup, 1 NASL Champion
Cascadia Cups: Vancouver 6, Seattle 4
How to Watch Leg One
Date/Time: October 29 at 5:30 PM
Venue: BC Place
Television: ESPN and TSN1/4, TVAS2 in Canada
Radio: SoundersFC.com (and their app), El Rey 1360 AM (Spanish)
Streaming: Watch ESPN
How to Watch Leg Two
Date/Time: November 2 at 7:30 PM
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Radio: KIRO-FM Seattle 97.3 (English), El Rey 1360 AM (Spanish)
Streaming: Fox Sports Go