Competition: Major League Soccer – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders
Venue: BC Place – Saturday, September 19 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: Vancouver 19/20 – Draw 5/2 – Seattle 14/5
Vancouver currently lead the Western Conference as well as the Supporters’ Shield standings and will want to keep it that way after Saturday night’s game. They need three points to guarantee that and will be confident after winning their last four MLS games at BC Place.
As well as fighting for those incredible achievements, the Whitecaps know a win against Seattle will see them lift the Cascadia Cup ahead of close rivals Portland Timbers and the Sounders themselves.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2015 record: P28 – W15 – D3 – L10
Seattle need a draw or a win to claim the Cascadia Cup series and will travel to Vancouver looking to remain tight at the back. The Whitecaps have won the Cascadia Cup series the past two years and will be looking to become the first team to win it three times in a row.
The Sounders have picked back up, with regard to form, in recent weeks. A horrendous stretch through June and July shook their season up but they are on track for a playoff finish and haven’t lost in their last three.
Seattle Sounders’ MLS record: P29 – W13 – D3 – L13
They would expect to be fighting much higher up the standings than they currently are, though a win here would see them move just three points behind the Whitecaps with four to play.
The two previous meetings this season have seen the away side claim victories. Seattle won 2-0 at BC Place in May, before Vancouver won 3-0 at CenturyLink Field at the start of August.
This should be a great game between two fierce rivals with so much at stake at this late stage of the regular season. Not one you want to miss!
The Whitecaps’ only injury concern is Ben McKendry as he is ruled out with a knee injury. Matias Laba is suspended and won’t feature.
Seattle head to Vancouver without a whole host of names. Roman Torres, Andres Correa, Andy Craven and Damion Lowe will all definitely miss out, while Chad Barrett Leo Gonzalez, Brad Evans and Nelson Valdez are all doubts. Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey will start in attack.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: W/L/W/L/W
Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/L/W/W/D
Key Stat: Vancouver have won each of their last four home games in MLS, keeping a clean sheet in their last three at BC Place.
Key Player: Kekuta Manneh – The pacey winger has been in encouraging form of late and has picked up an assist in each of Vancouver’s last three home games. Expect him to be a livewire from the outset.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Seattle Sounders – Vancouver to edge what should be a tight, but entertaining contest. Martins and Dempsey will ensure Seattle create plenty of chances but home comforts and excellent form mean it’s impossible to overlook the Whitecaps here. Home win.