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As might be expected, the Sounders were happy that their scoreless draw at Vancouver tonight clinched their fourth playoff berth in their four seasons.
However, they weren’t happy about losing two points to Real Salt Lake, which won tonight, and leaving themselves vulnerable to falling furture behind Los Angeles, which plays at Colorado on Sunday.
The draw also means they do not control their own Cascadia Cup destiny, even with a win over Portland next Sunday.
And it assures that for the first time, they will fail to improve on their record from the previous season.
Here’s some of they had to say after the match at BC Place:
Coach SIGI SCHMID
On making the playoffs: “Obviously we’ve done a lot of work all season. So it’s great to finally have that officially secured, but our goal is still to get second place so we’re disappointed in Read more »
Here’s some of what the Whitecaps had to say tonight after their scoreless home draw with the Sounders:
Thoughts on the game: “It was a good game and obviously, an exciting game. There were a lot of goalmouth incidents, and overall throughout the game we played well. The atmosphere was fantastic, soccer is becoming so big in North America, it’s a privilege for us to be a part of it and I wish we could send our fans home with a little bit more excitement.”
On two first-half substitutions due to injury: “It was difficult, but I …
The Sounders had never scored fewer than two goals in an MLS game against the Whitecaps. But that run came to an end tonight as the clubs played to a scoreless draw before a sellout crowd of 21,000 at BC Place.
The win puts Seattle at 13-7-10 in league play. That assures a fourth-straigh playoff berth, however they also could lose a couple of points to Salt Lake, which got two-goals up early on Chivas USA tonight. Vancouver moves to 10-12-9.
Portland remains atop the Cascadia Cup standings with eight points (2-0-2), Seattle goes to six points (1-1-3), and Vancouver to three (0-2-3).
The Timbers visit CenturyLink Field next Sunday, obviously with their current lead on the line.
I’ll be back with reaction from the locker rooms.
In the meanwhile, here’s our preview story from today’s News Tribune. Here’s a look at derby matches from The Province. And a look at the Whitecaps’ striker situation from the Vancouver Sun.
Below, some basics for now:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (13-7-9; 48 POINTS)
AT VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (10-12-8; 38 POINTS)
6 p.m., BC Place, Vancouver, BC.
TV: NBCSN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: G 13, Eddie Johnson; A 13, Mauro Rosales; S 105, Fredy Montero; SOG 38, Montero; GAA 0.84, Michael Gspurning. For Vancouver: G 7, Darren Mattocks; A 5, Camilo; S 55, Camilo; SOG 21, Camilo; GAA 1.34, Joe Cannon.
HEAD TO HEAD: This is Seattle’s oldest rivalry, dating to 1974 and the North American Soccer League. Seattle leads 62-46-20 all time, and 2-0-2 in MLS. This season, the clubs played to a 2-2 draw May 19 in Vancouver, and the Sounders won 2-0 on Aug. 18 in Seattle.
NOTES: The Sounders, who lost to San Jose last weekend, haven’t lost consecutive MLS games over 61 matches – the longest stretch in league history. … These are the fourth- and fifth-place teams in the Western Conference. Seattle goes into the weekend one point behind second-place Los Angeles and Salt Lake, while the Whitecaps are two points ahead of sixth-place Dallas. … Vancouver is winless over its last six games (0-5-1). Seattle is 3-1-2 over that period. … The Whitecaps are 16th in the 19-team league in goals (31), 17th in shots on goal (104) and 18th in shots (318). They lead MLS in yellow cards (64). … Gspurning has dipped to second in goal-against average, .01 behind Kansas City’s Jimmy Nielsen. Cannon is tied for fourth with eight shutouts. … The Sounders are at near full-strength with the expected return of midfielder Rosales (quadriceps). … Vancouver is 0-2-2 in Cascadia Cup competition and must win today to remain in the running with Portland (2-0-2) and Seattle (1-1-2). … The Whitecaps are scheduled to wear alternate brown kits. … Vancouver midfielder Dane Richards is out due to yellow-card accumulation. Montero and Osvaldo Alonso are one card away from suspension. … The referee is Silviu Petrescu. Read more »
Here’s a playoff update from the league:
With a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire tonight, Sporting Kansas City clinched the first Eastern Conference playoff spot in front their 14th consecutive sellout crowd at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.
Tomorrow, Seattle Sounders FC will face the Vancouver Whitecaps FC for a chance to secure a spot in the playoffs. With a win or a tie, Seattle would join the San Jose Earthquakes, Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy in the West.
Three teams from the Western Conference and one team from the Eastern Conference are facing elimination from playoff contention
There’s one MLS match on TV tonight, and it’s a good one: Chicago Fire at Sporting Kansas City.
Sporting KC enters the match just two points ahead of the Fire in the Eastern Conference standings, meaning, of course, that there would be a change at the top if the visitors win.
First kick if 5:30 p.m. Pacific on NBCSN.
The Sounders completed training this morning, and this afternoon will drive up to Vancouver.
In his final pre-match meeting with the local media, coach Sigi Schmid listed plenty of questions that remain unanswered about the Whitecaps team his club will face at 6 p.m. tomorrow.
“Vancouver is a team that needs the win, because they’re in the battle with Dallas, and they want to get themselves into the playoffs, make sure that they’re there,” he said. “When you finish is important to them as well. Obviously for this weekend they’ve got Richards out. Where are they going to play Kenny …