Saturday's Cascadia clash features a pair of teams seemingly headed in different directions.
However, the host side has hit the wall in terms of offense, registering zero goals scored in its two games since returning from the World Cup break. It's a troubling trend for Vancouver, which was among the most threatening attacking teams in MLS prior to the league-mandated stoppage.
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The Sounders, on the other hand, have not slowed down one bit. Seattle has perched itself atop the standings by a wide margin, and has also outscored all other MLS teams. Sigi Schmid's side could get a further boost if DeAndre Yedlin and Clint Dempsey are able to play Saturday after their World Cup stint with the U.S. national team came to an end.
Interestingly, the recent history between the two sides suggest an advantage for the Whitecaps, as the Canadians boast a three-game unbeaten run against the Sounders. However, a returning Demspey and Yedlin — combined with Vancouver's newfound scoring woes — could be enough to lift the visitors to a rare victory at BC Place.