A soccer choice tonight: Sounders at home to Vancouver, or US Men’s National team in World Cup qualifying match on ESPN2.
Here’s a preview of the national team’s game vs. Guatemala.
Here part of the Sounders’ news release previewing their match:
The Seattle Sounders (8-8-8) host the Vancouver Whitecaps (11-6-5) Wednesday, August 20 in the second of three matchups with their rival to the north. The Cascadia Cup match is set for 7 pm PT at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.
The Sounders are tied for fourth place with Atlanta (32 points), and have played more games (24) than anyone else in the league. Seattle has six games and 18 potential points remaining to secure a top seven position and a playoff spot. All of those games will be at home beginning with Wednesday’s showdown against rival Vancouver. Last Sunday’s contest at Minnesota was Seattle’s road finale for the regular season.
"The game on Wednesday, regardless of its importance in the Cascadia Cup standings or the fact that Vancouver is the second place team in our league and we’re below them in the standings or even the fact that we’ve been rivals since the late 70’s; in spite of all those factors, I really don’t have to do a lot to get my players motivated," Coach Schmetzer said. "After the game we had last Friday (3-0 loss to the Puerto Rico Islanders) the motivation is going to come from themselves and, really, the coaching is just setting the right lineup for the game."
The Commissioner’s Cup for best regular season record is within Vancouver’s grasp, and the team looks to draw level with the Puerto Rico Islanders for the league lead (41 points).
Wednesday’s game will be the 82nd match-up between the two Pacific Northwest clubs, with their first meeting coming back in 1994. The Sounders lead the overall series with a record of 43 wins, 24 defeats, and 14 draws. They also lead the all-time series of results against the Whitecaps in Seattle with 24 wins, eight defeats, and six draws.
Currently the Sounders sit atop the Cascadia Cup standings with seven points and two games left to play, both against Vancouver at home, including the final match of the season and of the storied rivalry on September 20. The Portland Timbers, with four points, are all but out of the running for the Cup and will be playing for pride when they meet the Whitecaps this Friday at PGE Park. Seattle will be hoping for a Timbers upset.