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Saturday comes: Whitecaps-Sounders, 6 p.m.

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 29, 2012 at 1:08 am with No Comments »
September 29, 2012 6:50 am

It’s another Cascadia Cup day. I’m driving up to Vancouver today, so there probably won’t be any blog updates for most of the day.

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.
QUOTABLE: “His speed presents problems to you because he’s probably — if not the fastest guy in the league — one of the fastest guys in the league. His willingness to make runs in behind the defense is always there.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on Mattocks.
NEXT: The Portland Timbers visit CenturyLink Field at 6 p.m. Oct. 7.

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