Match analysis: Dempsey goal gives Seattle 1-0 win over Chivas

Seattle Sounders FC put in a complete performance against Chivas de Guadalajara as they thrilled the home crowd with a 1-0 win. Both sides played aggressively and the game became an end-to-end affair for much of the second half. A strong defensive performance from Chad Marshall and Stefan Frei helped Seattle keep a clean sheet while it was Clint Dempsey who would score the winner in the 78th minute.

Chivas opened the match with intense pressure on the ball, forcing Seattle into mistakes early on. Eleven minutes into the match Alejandro Mayorga slipped into the box in front of the Seattle defense to register the first shot of the match. Stefan Frei had to make himself big to make the save and then paw away the rebound and keep a clean sheet.

In the 33rd minute a slip by Roman Torres gave Alan Pulido a one-on-one opportunity versus Frei and it looked like Chivas would take the lead. Pulido’s final touch was too strong and allowed Frei enough time to close down on the ball an deny Pulido from finding the net.

Seattle seemed to wake up after the Pulido chance as they began to gain more possession and create chances although the chances were further from goal and didn’t trouble keeper Rodolfo Cota.

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The second half seemed the exact opposite as Seattle came out as the team pressuring the ball and forcing the issue looking to take the match in their control. Seattle did well to cut down passing lanes and frustrate Guadalajara when in possession to force turnovers. They attacked Chivas down the wings, stretching the defence and creating gaps in the box that would eventually give them the opening goal.

Henry Wingo came on as a substitute in the 73rd minute for Handwalla Bwana, who had an impressive performance in his first start, and made an immediate impact on the wing. Wingo was able to consistently get dangerous balls into the box from out wide and pick out players in open space. In the 78th minute Wingo makes a run towards the corner flag into space and receives a pass from Jordan McCrary. He lets the ball run until about five yards from the endline before whipping in a low cross right in between four Guadalajara players to the feet of Dempsey for a first-time strike past Cota.

Through much of the second half, Guadalajara left space open around the top of the box and were beat to crosses as Sounders began to take control of the match. Dempsey had two other chances that looked similar to the play he was able to score on, where a cross from a wide area pulled Chivas out of position and allowed Seattle to find Dempsey for a scoring opportunity. The third of these chances came in the 82nd minute and it looked as though Dempsey would have a wide open goal to target but his shot was skied over the bar.

Seattle will hope the missed opportunities do not come back to haunt them in the second leg as they travel to Guadalajara Wednesday March 14th looking for a result that will send them to the CCL semifinals for the second time in club history.

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Second choice Sounders fall 1-0 to expansion side LAFC after slow start

Los Angeles FC shocked many in MLS on Sunday, winning their first ever match 1-0 despite playing on the road to Seattle Sounders FC. The newcomers defended well against the back-to-back defending Western Conference champs and scored just 11 minutes in to take a lead they wouldn’t surrender. Seattle played a lineup without Clint Dempsey available and Chad Marshall on the bench as coach Brian Schmetzer looked to give some of his top players rest for their CONCACAF Champions League match versus Guadalajara on Wednesday.

LAFC started the game by pressuring Seattle on the ball and attacked the defence continuously. Diego Rossi terrorised the Sounder centre-halfs for the majority of the match by timing curved runs between them as passes were hit. His goal would come from a perfectly weighted ball from Carlos Vela as he got a step inside Jordy Delem before finishing a wonderful strike past Stefan Frei.

Christian Roldan admitted after the match that, “historically we dont show up for the first 20 minutes… when something happens – they hit the post, they score a goal, they get a good chance – and then we start playing well.” Defensively Seattle was asleep on the Rossi goal as they were all a step slow in reacting to LAFC. In trying to pressure the ball, Seattle pulled themselves out of position to allow space for Rossi to get behind them and ultimately punish Seattle for it.

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The Sounders did wake up after the goal, almost scoring just minutes later as Nouhou unleashed a shot to the far post but former Sounder Tyler Miller made a great save to push the shot wide. Miller would continue to frustrate Seattle as he made a number of crucial saves and was very confident defending corners. Seattle had 12 corners in the match including four in a row at one point but couldn’t break down the LA defence to draw level.

For all of the chances Seattle created in their 22 shots, they lacked the concentration to finish the opportunities. Schmetzer listed a number of different chances after the match saying, “there were a ton of chances created so I wouldn’t say that it’s from a lack of execution, I would say it’s from lack of that last piece of concentration to put the ball in the back of the net.” Will Bruin’s chance in the 56th minute showcased that lack of concentration as he skied a pass to him from just outside the six-yard box.

Even with a second choice lineup on the field, Seattle were still able to create lots of chances and control the match. While disappointing to lose to an expansion side at home in the season opener, there’s little reason for concern after just one match. Clearly Sounders came into the match with one eye on the midweek fixture against Chivas de Guadalajara and have prioritised that tournament for now. Seattle returns to play on Wednesday as they host Guadalajara before traveling to Mexico for the second leg a week later.

2018 Key Transfers: Seattle Sounders FC

With the 2018 MLS season just a few days away now, we have been running through the standout transfers for all 23 teams over the course of the winter transfer window. There have been a number of key signings and significant trades which should ensure the new season is as exciting as ever before. Today we take a look at Seattle Sounders and their key signings and departures ahead of the 2018 MLS season…

Seattle Sounders FC look to return to MLS Cup for a third straight year in 2018 after falling short in the final to Toronto FC. With CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) matches on the schedule for Seattle this season, coach Brian Schmetzer has spent this offseason adding depth to his side instead of focusing on bringing big name targets to the club. Veterans Clint Dempsey and Nicolas Lodeiro are still set to lead the attack, with both eager to bring a second championship to the Emerald City and their supporters. The added depth should allow Seattle to maintain their fitness this year as they look to secure both domestic and international hardware in 2018. The potential loss of Jordan Morris for the season poses a major concern though, if reports about the severity of his knee injury prove to be true.

Key Signings

Waylon Francis: The veteran defender comes to Seattle via trade from Columbus to help add depth at left-back alongside 20-year-old Nouhou after Joevin Jones left for Darmstadt in the winter window (more on him later). He and Nouhou will be competing against each other for minutes this year, something that Schmetzer hopes will push both players to improve throughout the season. Francis has performed well in preseason and picked up Schmetzer’s system quickly as he looks to log serious minutes in Rave Green this year.

Magnus Wolff Eikrem: The Norwegian midfielder was signed on a free transfer from Malmo FF and has already shown his ability to mesh well with Clint Dempsey in preseason, helping to set up goals with quick passes and skilled ball control in traffic. While the Sounders do have a good amount of depth in the midfield already, with the extra CCL matches on the schedule in 2018, Eikrem will give Schmetzer more options and more ability to rotate players for rest. Expect Eikrem to play in an attacking midfield position with the Sounders as well as some appearances as a wing midfielder as needed.

Handwalla Bwana: Seattle’s newest Homegrown Player signing has already impressed this preseason and with the busy schedule this year it’s likely he’ll find first team minutes at some point. Bwana will be trying to replicate Nouhou’s rookie season as he made the most of his rookie contract, playing crucial minutes in the playoffs and setting himself up to be the frontrunner for the left-back position this year. Bwana will have a lot more competition in midfield though and will have to have some stellar performances to steal starts from more veteran players.

Notable Departures

Joevin Jones: Jones’s transfer to Darmstadt was no surprise as the arrangements had been made the previous summer. Much of the late-season drama around Jones stemmed from his desire to leave for Germany in the summer and Seattle’s desire to keep him for the playoffs. Jones grew into a very dangerous attacker from a left-back position and his absence will definitely be felt but with the signing of Francis and growth of Nouhou, Seattle should be able to replace his impact this season.

Brad Evans: The former Sounders captain struggled through injury last season and has gone through constant uncertainty the last few years as he’s been moved from right-mid to right-back to centre-back while Seattle has made numerous signings in those same positions. Evans’s contract ran up this offseason and he exercised his options in free agency to sign with Sporting Kansas City. His departure has already saddened fans and teammates alike as many have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment while wishing him the best including Chad Marshall and yours truly. Truthfully Evans would have found it difficult to get minutes in this roster as deep as it is right now and the move to KC was the best decision for his career

Gallery: Exclusive photos from Portland’s 3-1 win over rivals Seattle on Sunday

Portland Timbers faced off against their arch rivals, Seattle Sounders on Sunday night in the latest clash in the Cascadia rivalry series, with the Timbers sealing a 3-1 victory to move them back into the playoff spots in the Western Conference.

Both sides came into Sunday’s game needing all three points and the incredible atmosphere inside Providence Park would have certainly reminded the players just how much was at stake.

Seattle sorely missed star man Clint Dempsey, who missed the game through suspension. Portland had no such worry as Diego Valeri returned to the side and put in a superb display, netting twice either side of halftime to guide the Timbers to a comfortable 2-0 lead.

Chad Marshall then headed Seattle back into contention on the hour mark, but any hopes of a comeback were quickly extinguished when Fanendo Adi struck on 64 minutes to seal a 3-1 win for the home side.

Portland will be delighted with the result. But for Seattle, it was another frustrating night. They are left struggling down in ninth place in the West, nine points off the top six as we enter the final stages of the regular season.

Check out exclusive photos from Sunday’s game below, taken by MLSGB photographer, Denise McCooey.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders

Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders

Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, July 2 – 00:30 BST (19:30 EDT)

Match Odds: Toronto FC 3/4 – Draw 13/5 – Seattle Sounders 15/4

Match Preview

Toronto FC host fellow playoff hopefuls Seattle Sounders on Saturday night, with both sides in desperate need of a win to get their seasons back on track at the halfway point.

Toronto have one win in their last six and have struggled without midfield leader Michael Bradley, who was away on international duty, as well as Jozy Altidore who is out injured.

It has been a tough few weeks for the Canadian side and their hopes lie firmly on the form of star man Sebastian Giovinco, who incidentally has not been playing his best football of late.

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They will hope to get back on track with a home win here though, particularly given Seattle’s struggles this term.

Seattle Sounders have been the most disappointing side of the season for us as they have fallen far from the heights of their Supporters’ Shield win in 2014. They enter the weekend in ninth place in the Western Conference and are underperforming massively.

They have endured a torrid time over the last six games, winning just once and losing five times, leaving them a remarkable seven points off sixth-placed Portland Timbers.

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One attributable cause to their poor form could be the loss of Clint Dempsey, as he has been away at the Copa America Centenario with the USMNT.  However, Sigi Schmid will know his squad are capable of much better, regardless.

Both sides need a win so this should be an entertaining game between two sides that have top quality attacking players.

Team News

Toronto FC are without key first team players Jozy Altidore, Daniel Lovitz, Ashtone Morgan and Clint Irwin who are all out injured. Michael Bradley is a doubt.

Seattle Sounders are only missing Roman Torres, who is out with an ACL tear.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: D/D/L/W/L

Seattle Sounders’ last five: L/L/W/L/L

Key Stat: Faltering – Seattle Sounders have lost five of their last six matches in MLS.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The ‘Atomic Ant’ is usually the main man, whoever Toronto play. The Italian playmaker was last year’s MVP and is easily the best player in the league. Expect him to be the difference on Saturday night, despite a fairly poor run of games of late.

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Score Prediction

Toronto FC 1-0 Seattle Sounders – It’s been tough recently for both sides as they have struggled with key players away on international duty. Both would have expected to make the playoffs this season and need to ensure they improve over the second-half of the campaign. We see Toronto just edging it, with home field advantage set to guide them to a narrow victory.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs New York City FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. New York City FC

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, June 25 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Seattle 5/6 – Draw 13/5 – NYCFC 16/5

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders welcome New York City FC to CenturyLink Field for the first time ever on Saturday evening, with both sides looking for three valuable points as we approach the midpoint of the season.

Seattle have had a torrid time so far. They come into this game off the back of last week’s 2-0 loss at the Red Bulls and have now lost four of their last five.

Goalscoring has been a major problem for Sigi Schmid’s men, who are the league’s lowest scoring side with just 13 so far. Clint Dempsey will not be back with the squad for this match, further damaging their chances of turning the corner.

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The home crowd have come to expect so much from the Sounders after their successes in recent years. But they have yet to get going this term. It’s not too late, although another defeat on Saturday would leave them in ninth place in the West – a position few predicted the club would be in at this stage.

New York City will hope last weekend’s 3-2 win over Philadelphia can help them pick back up. City had not won in four before that game, but goals from all three Designated Players helped them to just a second home win of the year.

Patrick Vieira’s men have not kept a clean sheet in six, which is a worry. Although they seem to score goals for fun and their ‘we’ll score more than you’ approach certainly leads to entertaining games.

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They sit third in the East heading into the weekend, just five points off Philadelphia at the top and know three points here would keep them in a very strong position at the halfway stage of the season.

This will be just the second meeting between the two clubs. Last year’s sole clash ended 3-1 to Seattle in New York, with goals from Obafemi Martins and Dempsey enough to outgun City.

Team News

Seattle will be without their talismanic attacker, Clint Dempsey, who remains away with the USMNT for one more match in the Copa America. Roman Torres is still out injured. Osvaldo Alonso is one booking away from suspension and will need to watch his step.

Connor Brandt and Federico Bravo remain sidelined through injury for Patrick Vieira’s men, though they are the only injury concerns as we approach the midpoint of the campaign. NYCFC will, however, be without Jason Hernandez after the centre-back was sent off in last weekend’s win over Philadelphia.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ last five: L/L/L/W/L

New York City FC’s last five: D/L/D/L/W

Key Stat: Drought – Seattle are the lowest scorers in MLS to this point, having netted just 13 times in 14 matches so far.

Key Player: David Villa – The Spanish striker scored for the third consecutive game last weekend and is the league’s highest goalscorer with 11 for the season. He will look to hurt the Sounders backline on Saturday and add to his already impressive tally.

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Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 1-2 New York City FC – Seattle struggle to score goals but NYCFC are so leaky at the back that the hosts will surely find the net on Saturday. That said, they don’t look primed to go and win the game and the visitors will arrive with confidence after last weekend’s victory. Another win for NYCFC looks more likely as Seattle’s troubles look set to worsen.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Seattle Sounders

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Sunday, June 19 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: NY Red Bulls 4/6 – Draw 14/5 – Seattle 4/1

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls host Seattle Sounders on Sunday evening, with the hosts looking to continue their incredible run of form off the back of the international break.

Before the two-week pause of MLS action, the Red Bulls won three on the bounce, keeping clean sheets in each of those outings.

A 3-0 home victory over Toronto in their most recent game further proved that they seem to be well behind the early season troubles. They enter the weekend in third place in the Eastern Conference, four points behind leaders Philadelphia.

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They will play three consecutive away games from home following Sunday’s clash and so taking three points is even more pivotal than normal.

Seattle travel to New York in bad shape. They are ninth in the West, four points behind the playoff places and 12 points off the top of the table.

Sigi Schmid’s side did win their last outing, beating DC United 2-0 away from home to record a first road victory of the season. But they had lost three in a row before that and have struggled for consistency.

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They have only won one of five games at Red Bull Arena and don’t look primed to take anything away from Sunday’s game.

The absence of Clint Dempsey, who is away with the US Men’s National Team, will hurt them and so they are up against it before a ball has even been kicked.

Team News

New York Red Bulls have three injury concerns as Damien Perrinelle, Ryan Meara and Kemar Lawrence are all out. Gonzalo Veron will also sit out as he serves a one-game suspension for a red card picked up last time out. Jesse Marsch has no international absences to worry about.

Seattle will travel to New York without star man Clint Dempsey, who is shining for the USA in the Copa America Centenario. Roman Torres and Oalex Anderson both remain sidelined through injury, while Chad Marshall is a doubt with a hamstring strain.

Key Points

NY Red Bulls’ last five: D/L/W/W/W

Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/L/L/L/W

Key Stat: Both sides have scored in this fixture in each of the last five meetings, with a total of 20 goals being scored in that time.

Key Player: Sacha Kljestan – The Red Bulls midfielder can control the tempo of games single-handedly but also has the vision to carve out goalscoring chance at any minute. Expect him to cause Seattle numerous problems on Sunday night.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 3-1 Seattle Sounders – Goals are expected at Red Bull Arena on Sunday evening, but the hosts will fully expect to keep their winning run going by picking up three points. They are looking for a fourth-straight win on the bounce and will likely prove too strong for a Seattle side that has struggled on the road this term. The absence of Clint Dempsey won’t help their cause either.

MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Seattle Sounders

AlCompetition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Seattle Sounders

Venue: RFK Stadium – Wednesday, June 1 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)

Match Odds: DC United 23/20 – Draw 23/10 – Seattle 12/5

Match Preview

DC United welcome Seattle Sounders to RFK Stadium on Wednesday night in both club’s final MLS games before the two-week break for the Copa America Centenario.

DC enter the game on a high after winning their first away match of the season on Saturday evening with a 1-0 win at Sporting Kansas City.

Star goalkeeper Bill Hamid returned to the side to make his first appearance of the season in that victory and the club will now hope to rise up the Eastern Conference through the remainder of the campaign.

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Ben Olsen’s men sit fifth in the East but are only four points off top spot and will look to close that gap with another victory here.

Meanwhile, Seattle are really struggling to pick up. They come into the game off the back of Saturday’s 2-1 loss in New England and sit ninth in the West, seven points off the playoff places.

A run of three-straight games has left the Sounders in deep trouble and in desperate need of a pick-me-up before the Copa America break.

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They have not won away all season and travel to DC looking to end a run of three consecutive road losses. All signs suggest it will be another tough evening for Sigi Schmid’s side but both sides have absences to deal with, and so this could be an unpredictable affair.

This will be the only regular season meeting between the two sides this season but recent history favours Seattle, with the Sounders unbeaten in five against DC and recording four wins in that time – all without conceding a goal.

Team News

DC United remain without four players through injury as Andrew Dykstra, Chris Korb, Collin Martin and Chris Rolfe are all still set to be sidelined. Alvaro Saborio is away on international duty with Costa Rica, while Steve Birnbaum is with the USMNT ahead of the Copa America Centenario opener against Colombia on Saturday.

Seattle are sweating over the fitness of defensive duo Brad Evans and Chad Marshall. Marshall is struggling with a hamstring strain, while Evans left Saturday’s game in New England before halftime. Oalex Anderson and Roman Torres are both still sidelined through injuries. International call-ups have depleted the Sounders’ attack, with Clint Dempsey and Nelson Valdez away with USA and Paraguay respectively.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: D/L/W/L/W

Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/W/L/L/L

Key Stat: DC United has not scored a goal against Seattle in five years – a stretch of 458 minutes. DC last scored past the Sounders in the 2011 season, winning 2-1 on that occasion.

Key Player: Bill Hamid – The DC United goalkeeper returned to action this past weekend after months out following knee surgery. The club have managed to stay solid defensively without their star man, conceding the second-fewest goals in MLS so far, but Hamid’s return will undoubtedly help them to kick on further. He is a leader and will hope to lead DC to victory here.

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Score Prediction

DC United 1-0 Seattle Sounders – Goals don’t look likely to fly in regularly at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night and a tight game is expected between two sides desperate for three points. Seattle have struggled away from home this season and have yet to win on the road. Another tough night is expected on Wednesday and DC might just edge this with the backing of the home crowd.

Gallery: Exclusive photos from Seattle Sounders’ win against Columbus Crew

The Seattle Sounders continued their recovery with a third consecutive home win on Saturday night as Jordan Morris netted his third in as many games to seal a late 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew.

Seattle bounced back from last week’s 3-1 loss in Colorado by keeping their second clean sheet of the season to take three huge points from Columbus on Saturday.

They had to weather the storm as the Crew dominated the play in the first half. But it was Jordan Morris’s predatory instincts in the closing minutes that shone through for the Sounders as they moved up to eighth in the Western Conference.

Columbus can’t seem to build any momentum and sit ninth in the East after eight games and have yet to win away from home.

Check out exclusive photos from Saturday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Denise McCooey.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, March 19 – 22:00 ET (02:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Seattle 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – Vancouver 5/2

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders host Vancouver Whitecaps in the first Cascadia rivalry clash of the 2016 season, with both sides looking to put their first points on the board after a poor start to the campaign.

Both sides have lost their opening two games and will be desperate for a win here to stop problems from worsening. Beating fierce rivals would be a real boost for either and so there’s plenty at stake in their early-season clash.

Seattle fell 1-0 at home to Sporting Kansas City in their opener, before losing 2-1 to Real Salt Lake last weekend. Both results will have disappointed Sigi Schmid but he need to rally his side to bounce back here.

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The visit of Vancouver is sure to be a testing one, especially as the away side has emerged victorious in each of the last four regular season meeting between these clubs. Seattle need to give the home crowd something to celebrate early to try and set the tone.

The Whitecaps will be hugely disappointed to have lost both games so far. Their 3-2 defeat to Montreal was followed up by a 2-1 loss in Kansas City last Saturday and Carl Robinson knows his team need to shore up defensively very quickly.

Vancouver were excellent at the back last year but have conceded five in their first two and have already seen both Ignacio Piatti and Dom Dwyer net braces against them through the first two weeks.

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The Whitecaps did win last season’s only regular season game in Seattle by an emphatic 3-0 scoreline, although the Sounders recorded victories in both games at BC Place. The home side has struggled in this fixture of late and so Vancouver will be confident of leaving with at least a point.

Both clubs have already received a red card this term and need to keep their discipline to prevent this rivalry from getting out of hand on Saturday evening.

Team News

Seattle will be without defensive duo Brad Evans and Roman Torres once again here, while Erik Friberg is also still sidelined through injury. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei is a doubt, as are Michael Farfan, Nelson Valdez and Jordan Morris, though both Valdez and Morris are expected to be fit.

Vancouver have two suspensions to worry about as they head to CenturyLink Field. Jordan Smith will sit out after being sent off in last week’s loss to SKC, while Kianz Froese has been given a one-game suspension by the MLS Disciplinary Committee. Christian Dean and Russell Teibert remain injured, while Kekuta Manneh is a doubt as he is struggling with an ankle injury.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ form: L/L

Vancouver Whitecaps’ form: L/L

Key Stat: The Sounders have lost three-straight home matches to Vancouver in MLS and have been outscored 1-8 in that time.

Key Player: Clint Dempsey – The Seattle star has had a slow start to 2016 but will hope to get his first goal of the campaign at home to Cascadia rivals on Saturday night. He can turn any game on its head in an instant, and needs to start producing the goods for the Sounders if they are to pick up positive results.

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Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – It’s too difficult to separate these sides heading into this important game. Both will be desperate to stop the rot as far as losses are concerned and that could lead to a cagey affair. A draw would get both sides off the mark and so that looks the most likely result between two teams that have looked far from convincing so far.