Here’s a quick preview of the match:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (7-5-3; 24 POINTS)
AT VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (7-5-5; 26 POINTS)
8 p.m., BC Place, Vancouver, B.C.
TV: NBCSN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 3-0-3 in MLS and 63-46-21 through all leagues and competitions since 1974. The Sounders won the June 9 match, 3-2, at CenturyLink Field. The clubs will meet again Oct. 9 in Seattle.
NOTES: This is a Cascadia Cup match. Seattle (1-0-1) leads the six-game, three-club competition over Portland (0-0-2) and Vancouver (0-1-1). The Whitecaps have never won a Cascadia Cup match since joining MLS. … Vancouver is 5-1-2 over its last eight matches. Seattle is 6-0-2 over the same period. The Whitecaps are 5-0-3 at home; the Sounders are 3-4-1 on the road. … Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (quad) and defender DeAndre Yedlin (shoulder) traveled, but their availability isn’t expected to be determined until game time. Vancouver assists leader Russell Teibert (six) is out due to duty with the Canada national team. … This will be the 400th MLS match coached by Sounders’ coach Sigi Schmid. … Eddie Johnson is one caution away from one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation. … The assigned referee is Hilario Grajeda.
QUOTABLE: “They sort of play a 4-2-3-1 that sometimes looks like a 4-3-3 because they really play their wingers up at times, especially when Camilo plays there. So we have to account for their attacking pieces, and try and make sure that we possess the ball and get at their back line. They’ve had some injuries at center back and have played some different combinations.” – Schmid on the Whitecaps
NEXT: The Sounders visit the San Jose Earthquakes on July 13.