MLS Preview: Seattle Sounders - Vancouver Whitecaps

The latest round of the always hotly-contested Cascadia Cup sees Vancouver travel South, playing for pride and playoff position against Seattle.
Seattle Sounders FC (4-4-2): Gspurning; Scott, Hurtado, Parke, Gonzalez; Rosales, Rose, Alonso, Caskey; Johnson, Montero.


OUT: FW Babayele Sodade (R knee ACL tear); FW David Estrada (L foot fracture)
Vancouver Whitecaps (4-2-3-1): Cannon; Lee, O'Brien, Harvey, Rochat; Koffie, Davidson; Richards, Robson, Sanvezzo; Robson.


OUT: FW Omar Salgado (R foot fracture)

DOUBTFUL: DF Jay DeMerit (concussion)
  • Vancouver will have to be without defender Martin Bonjour for this match, who is suspended after yellow card accumulation.
  • The Sounders have the best winning percentage in MLS when scoring the first goal, having gone 10-0-1 for a .955 mark.
  • These two teams are meeting for the second time this season. Seattle’s Fredy Montero scored the tying goal in the 90th minute to dash Vancouver's hopes and earn a 2-2 draw on May 19 at BC Place.
  • Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales has assisted on each of teammate Eddie Johnson’s last four goals.
  • Darren Mattocks recorded his first MLS assist in Vancouver’s 2-1 win against Real Salt Lake, to go with his six goals, which lead all rookies.