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  • September 24, 2011
  • • 10:30 PM
  • • Empire Field, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Referee: J. Marrufo
  • • Attendance: 21000
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MLS Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Seattle Sounders FC

MLS Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Seattle Sounders FC

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Cascadia rival Seattle will mark the last match at Empire Field in a match likely to secure a playoff spot for the Sounders and rule Vancouver out of the postseason mathematically.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-4-2): Cannon; Leathers, DeMerit, Boxall, Harvey; Salinas, Koffie, Vagenas, Camilo; Chiumiento, Hassli.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Atiba Harris (R knee surgery); GK Brian Sylvestre (L knee surgery); MF Russell Teibert (R toe laceration)

QUESTIONABLE: MF John Thorrington (L groin strain); MF Michael Nanchoff (R iliotibial band syndrome)
Seattle Sounders FC (4-4-2): Keller; Riley, Hurtado, Parke, Scott; Fernandez, Evans, Alonso, Neagle; Fucito, Montero.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: OUT: GK Terry Boss (concussion); MF Michael Seamon (lateral ankle tendon); MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture); FW O’Brian White (leg surgery)

DOUBTFUL: MF Mauro Rosales (R knee MCL sprain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Erik Friberg (hip flexor strain); DF James Riley (concussion)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • If Seattle wins or ties, it will wrap up a postseason berth. Results elsewhere could also push the Sounders into the playoffs regardless of this result.

  • A loss for Vancouver will definitively rule the Whitecaps out of the playoffs, but even a win might not be enough.
  • Saturday's match will mark the last MLS game for Empire Field. Next week Vancouver will debut the renovated BC Place.
  • Joe Cannon made his 300th MLS appearance last week against the LA Galaxy, becoming only the second goalkeeper (and 16th player overall) to accomplish the feat.
  • In the reverse fixture, the sides drew 2-2 in Seattle. Eric Hassli hit a brace, and Osvaldo Alonso and Mauro Rosales, who set a franchise record with 12 assists on the season before going down injured against D.C. United last week, scored for the Sounders.
  • The Whitcaps have one away match remaining, on Oct. 15 against FC Dallas. Only three teams in MLS history have completed a season without an away win, and Vancouver will join them if it doesn't pick up three points in that match.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Vancouver Whitecaps

Seattle Sounders

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vancouver Whitecaps
Draw
Seattle Sounders FC SOU
Seattle Sounders FC Seattle Sounders
17%
70%

Top 3 Predictions

Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
1 - 2
Seattle Sounders FC SOU
Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
2 - 2
Seattle Sounders FC SOU
Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
1 - 3
Seattle Sounders FC SOU

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