Gallery: Exclusive photos from Sunday’s playoff draw between the Whitecaps and Sounders

The 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs have already reached the Conference Semifinal stage. It all kicked off on Sunday as Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders battled out at BC Place for what was a cagey first leg.

The game ended scoreless but that sets up a fascinating second leg at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night. It was the first ever playoff matchup between the two rivals and lacked none of the usual intensity and aggression.

But both sides cancelled each other out over the 90 minutes. There was just one shot on target in total from either side. That’s the lowest tally ever recored in an MLS Playoff game.

Despite the lack of goals, there was reason for both sides to remain confident of reaching the Conference Final. Vancouver travel to Seattle on Thursday needing a goal to pile pressure on the hosts. The Sounders have home-field advantage to try and see them through.

Check out exclusive photos from Sunday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographers Denise McCooey and Hazel May.

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Gallery: Exclusive photos from Vancouver’s 3-1 victory over Atlanta on Saturday

The Vancouver Whitecaps had to rely on an unlikely source as they came from behind to beat Atlanta United 3-1 on Saturday evening, thanks to a brace from centre-back Kendall Waston.

The powerful defender scored twice before halftime after Greg Garza had given Atlanta an early lead at BC Place Stadium. Fredy Montero was then credited with a third Vancouver goal, although that should have been awarded to Tim Parker as the Whitecaps exploited Atlanta’s weakness in defending corners.

The result means the Whitecaps sit fifth in the Western Conference heading into the international break, while Atlanta are down in eighth in the East and have a game to play this weekend away at Chicago.

Check out exclusive photos from Saturday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographers Hazel May, John May and Chris Kachanoski.

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