Seattle makes the trek up Interstate 5 to try and take yet another three points on the road.
The 2012 Cascadia Cup gets under way for the first time this season when the Vancouver Whitecaps host the Seattle Sounders at BC Place on Saturday afternoon, and with only five points seperating these two rivals for third spot in the Western Conference standings, there will be a lot to play for besides bragging rights.
The hosts come into the match just three days after narrowly avoiding a loss to Toronto FC in the Amway Canadian Championship first leg final by the slimest of margins. thanks to a superb golazo from French striker Eric Hassli in stoppage time.
The 'Caps have a 3-1-1 record at home this year and overall mark of 5-3-2. Although they have not won in their last two matches - the draw to Toronto and a 4-1 humiliation in league play courtesy of New England - the Whitecaps were on a franchise best five game win streak, which included a victory over one of the toughest teams in the league in San Jose. A Whitecaps victory is paying 2.60.
A draw bet is currently being offered at 3.20 over at Ladbrokes.com.
The Sounders, on the other hand, have been one of the most feared teams in the league as of late. Though they are coming off a tough 1-0 loss at home to Real Salt Lake, the top team in all of Major League Soccer, Sigi Schmid's boys were riding high on a five game win streak of their own.
They have also proved to the most difficult defence in the league as they have remarkably only conceded two goals in their last seven games, and only four in their 10 matches this season. They have also proved rather formidable on the road, having yet to lose with two wins and a draw and only one goal scored against.
Halftime/fulltime offering currently sees Vancouver paying 5.00 should the 'Caps win both halves, while a draw/draw bet sees 4.50, and a Sounders victory at the end of both the 45th and 90th minutes pays 4.33.
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