The Sounders will train again this morning … their last session before their 7 p.m. Wednesday home match against Vancouver.
I’ll be back with health updates and other notes around noon. Until then, here’s an overview from the club:
Rivalry week hits the Pacific Northwest as Seattle Sounders FC hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday and visits the Portland Timbers on Sunday. Sounders FC can clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs and win the Cascadia Cup with a win over Vancouver on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s match versus Vancouver is set for 7 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. The match will be televised locally on KONG 6/16 with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller on the call, and can also be heard on 710 ESPN Seattle. The Spanish broadcasts are available on KOMO2 and La Gran D 99.3 FM.
Sunday’s match against Portland is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT at JELD-WEN Field in Portland. The match will be nationally televised on ESPN with Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas called the action. The match can also be heard on KTTH with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller on the call.
Sounders FC (15-9-6, 51 points) could become the second team to clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs with a win against the Whitecaps. Seattle would also qualify with a San Jose loss or draw. Additionally, Sounders FC is vying for its second Cascadia Cup in the three years it has been contested at the MLS level.
The upcoming two-game week will allow Seattle the opportunity to rebound from Saturday’s loss to the Colorado Rapids. The loss snapped Seattle’s seven-game unbeaten run and dropped Sounders FC to second in the West and fourth in the race for the Supporters’ Shield. Seattle still leads the league with an average of 1.70 points per game.
Sounders FC now returns home where it holds a club record 14-game unbeaten streak. The match will mark the penultimate regular season home game for Sounders FC as the club will play two of its final three matches on the road.
Vancouver (11-11-9, 42 points) visits Seattle battling for playoff survival. A Whitecaps loss and Colorado win on Wednesday night would eliminate the Canadian side from playoff contention. The Whitecaps battled to a dramatic 2-2 home draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday. Camilo Sanvezzo has scored the team’s last four goals, including a highlight-reel twisting volley against the Timbers, and he is now tied for second in MLS with 18 goals, one behind Golden Boot leader Marco Di Vaio.
Portland (12-5-14, 50 points) sits third in the West and is looking to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in club history. Riding a five-match (3-0-2) unbeaten run, the Timbers have vaulted back into the Supporters’ Shield race, sitting one point behind Sounders FC. The Portland attack features the top set-up man in MLS as newcomer Diego Valeri leads the league with 12 assists.
Following Sunday’s match, Sounders FC will take on the Timbers in MLS Reserve League play on Monday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. PT at JELD-WEN Field and will be streamed live on PortlandTimbers.com.
Seattle will conclude the regular-season campaign with a road match at FC Dallas on October 19 followed by the finale against the LA Galaxy on October 27 on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.