FULL TIME: Willing to sit deep the Vancouver Whitecaps become the first team to hold Seattle Sounders scoreless in 2019. The 0-0 result still means that the Sounders have their best start in their MLS history, with ten points in four played. They failed to match the win-streak record and Raul Ruidiaz’s scoring streak also ends.
During stoppage time Stefan Frei saved the best goal-scoring opportunity either side had on the evening and Kim Kee-hee made a great defensive play to shutdown the rebound. Center referee Robert Sibiga initially called for a penalty, but after a few minutes talking to his video assistant and then looking at replay he took away the penalty and Kim’s yellow. Instead that tackle goes down as one of the best in MLS this season.
Kim makes a WORLD CLASS stop here. Would be cruel to not overturn this. pic.twitter.com/kF2ISKP3Yw— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) March 31, 2019
All predictive statistics indicate that the Sounders should have won. Vancouver instead gave a lesson to MLS on how to stop Seattle. Only a handful of teams will want to run at full speed with the Sounders (LAFC, TFC, maybe the Galaxy).
The first Cascadia Cup match of 2019 features teams heading in opposite directions. The Seattle Sounders are on the verge of history both for a franchise-best start and to tie the MLS record for consecutive regular season wins. They are more than just ascendant, declaring to MLS that their second half in 2018 was a portent. The rebuild of 2016 is now complete and the Sounders are whole, healthy and greedy.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are in another rebuild. This one saw them reach into the lower divisions for a coach. Marc Dos Santos put up a mighty record in previous stops. But the ‘Caps roster was broken. The current squad is struggling to adapt to his tactics, is injured, and is probably mid-table when healthy, at best.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
Seattle: Harry Shipp: OUT with a concussion suffered during practice
Whitecaps: Michael Baldisimo: OUT with a left ankle contusion suffered in training on 1/22
Jasser Khmiri: OUT rehabilitating left knee following meniscus surgery last November
Andy Rose: OUT due to a facial fracture suffered in the second half at HOU on 3/16
Russell Teibert: DOUBTFUL due to left shoulder sprain suffered in the second half of Canada vs. French Guiana on 3/24
Robert Sibiga is the center referee. His video assistant is Edvin Jurisevic.
nos audietis in somniis | nos audietis in alto
you will hear us in your sleep | you will hear us from the deep
this is our Sound
Keys to the Game:
- Unleash the Morris.
- Don’t give Fredy Montero easy spot kicks.
- Live in Hwang In-beom’s shadow to limit his impact.
- Defend at distance.
How I'm watching
Outfit: Blue plaid summer shirt with pale green “Est. 2007” t-shirt
Scarf: Enemy’s Goal Is Down
How to Watch
Match date/time: March 30, 2019 at 7 PM PT
Venue: BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Online Streaming: YouTube TV, ESPN+, Fubo TV (affiliate link)
Local English TV: JOEtv (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local Radio: 950 KJR AM Seattle (Johnson, Webber)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
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Bench: Meredith, Torres, Nouhou, Delem, A. Roldan, Bwana, Bruin
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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