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May 19, 2012 5:10 PM EDT
BC Place Stadium — Vancouver, British Columbia
Referee:‬ K. Stott‎
Attendance:‬ 21000‎

MLS Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps - Seattle Sounders

The first Cascadia Cup matchup of the 2012 season sees the Sounders and the Whitecaps both looking to bounce back from tough losses.

By Keith Hickey

Vancouver Whitecaps (4-3-3): Cannon; Lee, Bonjour, DeMerit, Rochat; Koffie, Davidson, Chiumiento; Le Toux, Hassli, Sanvezzo.


OUT: GK Brian Sylvestre (R knee surgery)

QUESTIONABLE: FW Atiba Harris (R quad contusion)
Seattle Sounders (4-4-2): Meredith; Johansson, Parke, Hurtado, Burch; Rosales, Alonso, Rose, Estrada; Johnson, Montero.


OUT: GK Josh Ford (R knee stress fracture); MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture); DF Michael Tetteh (L hamstring strain); FW Babayele Sodade (R knee ACL tear)

DOUBTFUL: GK Michael Gspurning (R hip strain); DF Patrick Ianni (lower back pain); MF Brad Evans (R calf strain)

PROBABLE: MF Alvaro Fernandez (R quad strain); DF Leo Gonzalez (L quad strain)

  • This will be the first Cascadia Cup meeting of the 2012 season. Seattle won last year's edition, posting an unbeaten 2-0-2 record against its Pacific Northwest rivals.
  • With 17 points gleaned from its 5-3-2 record, Vancouver is off to the hottest 10-game start in an expansion team’s sophomore season since the 1999 Chicago Fire went 6-4-0 with 18 points to begin the year.
  • Seattle still has not conceded more than a single goal in any game this season, having allowed just four goals in 10 games, the league's stingiest defensive record.
  • David Estrada has been a pleasant surprise for the Sounders this season. Having played just six games his first two years in the league, the UCLA product leads Seattle with four goals in 10 games.
  • Eric Hassli may score great goals, but the Frenchman needs to mind his manners. The big striker's four yellow cards is the worst disciplinary record on the Whitecaps.

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Available Squads
-Joe CannonGoalkeeper
4Alain RochatDefender
6Jay DeMeritDefender
12Young-Pyo LeeDefender
15Martin BonjourDefender
-Davide ChiumientoMidfielder
-Jun DavidsonMidfielder
28Gershon KoffieMidfielder
11Sebastien Le TouxMidfielder
17Omar SalgadoStriker
11Darren MattocksStriker
18Brad KnightonGoalkeeper
2Jordan HarveyDefender
11John ThorringtonMidfielder
29Matthew WatsonMidfielder
-Etienne BarbaraStriker
29Eric HassliStriker
37Camilo Da Silva SanvezzoStriker
13Brian MeredithGoalkeeper
5Adam JohanssonDefender
4Marc BurchDefender
2Jeff ParkeDefender
34Jhon Kennedy HurtadoDefender
6Osvaldo AlonsoMidfielder
7Eddie JohnsonStriker
7Mauro RosalesStriker
12Alex CaskeyMidfielder
20Á. FernándezDefender
17Fredy MonteroStriker
33Andrew WeberGoalkeeper
20Zach ScottDefender
5Andy RoseMidfielder
16David EstradaStriker
7Cordell CatoStriker
-Roger LevesqueStriker
26S. OchoaStriker
Players to Watch
Eric Hassli
Eric Hassli
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 29
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Eddie Johnson
Eddie Johnson
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
6 0 0 0
Editor's Prediction
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Sporting KC
4 1