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Sounders train today, then head to Vancouver

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 28, 2012 at 9:41 am with No Comments »
September 28, 2012 10:03 am

The Sounders have a local training session this morning before heading up the road for their 6 p.m. Saturday match at Vancouver.

Here are some notes from the club:

Best in the Northwest: Cascadia Cup 2012
Seattle, Portland and Vancouver have long battled for soccer supremacy in the Pacific Northwest. Sounders FC is the current Cup-holders after winning the derby competition in its inaugural MLS year in 2011. This season, the Portland Timbers have jumped out to an early lead with eight points through four games, but are yet to play an away derby match. Sounders FC is second in the competition with five points through four games, three of which have been played away from Seattle. The Rave Green can pull even with Portland atop the standings with a win in Vancouver on Saturday. The Whitecaps must win on Saturday to keep their Cascadia Cup hopes alive.

Cascadia Cup Schedule/Results
May 19 BC Place, Vancouver Sounders FC 2 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
May 26 JELD-WEN Field, Portland Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 at Portland Timbers 1
June 24 JELD-WEN Field, Portland Sounders FC 1 at Portland Timbers 2
August 18 CenturyLink Field, Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps 0
August 25 JELD-WEN Field, Portland Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 at Portland Timbers 2
September 15 JELD-WEN Field, Portland Sounders FC 1 at Portland Timbers 1
September 29 BC Place, Vancouver Sounders FC at Vancouver Whitecaps FC
October 7 CenturyLink Field, Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers
October 20 BC Place, Vancouver Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers

2012 Cascadia Cup Standings
Team GP Record (points) Goals For/Goals Against
Portland Timbers 4 2-0-2 (8 points) 6/4
Seattle Sounders FC 4 1-1-2 (5 points) 6/5
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4 0-2-2 (2 points) 4/7

Vancouver Rivalry Dates to 1974
Saturday will mark the 129th meeting between Seattle and Vancouver soccer teams in league, cup and friendly play since the Sounders and Whitecaps first collided on June 9, 1974 at the old Empire Stadium in a North American Soccer League match.

Seattle holds the all-time advantage at 62-46-20. Following the demise of the Sounders after nine years in the NASL, a new club, FC Seattle, made its debut on June 10, 1984, at Memorial Stadium against the Whitecaps. FC Seattle earned a 2-2 draw in the first match with Vancouver and scored its first victory against the ‘Caps, 2-1, on August 4 at B.C. Place. After the NASL folded Vancouver also formed a club around its plentiful native talent. The 86ers began play in the Canadian Soccer League in 1987, and faced FC Seattle in seven friendlies beginning that season through 1990. The rivalry was renewed in 1994 when the Sounders joined the 86ers in the A-League. Vancouver adopted the Whitecaps brand once again beginning in 2001, and soon after supporters groups from Seattle, Portland and Vancouver founded the Cascadia Cup, a three-way competition to determine Pacific Northwest supremacy amongst the Sounders, Timbers and Whitecaps.

Vancouver-Seattle derby matches have always featured raucous crowds and fanatical supporters. On June 20, 1983, a record crowd of 60,342 packed BC Place for the first sporting event, Vancouver’s 2-1 victory over Seattle. Nearly 20 years later, on July 28, 2002, the first event at Qwest Field drew a USL-1 record 25,515 for the Sounders’ 4-1 win over the Caps.

Seattle vs. Vancouver All-Time Series
1974-83: NASL – Sounders 13 wins; Whitecaps 17 wins; 1 draw
1984: Friendlies – FC Seattle 1 win; Whitecaps 0 wins; 1 draw
1987-90: WSL/Friendlies – FC Seattle 3 wins; 86ers 3 wins; 0 draws
1994-08: USL-1 – Sounders 43 wins; 86ers/Whitecaps 25 wins; 16 draws
2011-present: MLS/Friendlies – Sounders 2 wins; Whitecaps 1 win; 2 draws
Totals: 128 matches played – Seattle 62 wins, Vancouver 46 wins; 20 draws

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