The Sounders (7-3-0, 24 pts), who are coming off a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake, are set to host Cascadia rivals the Vancouver Whitecaps (2-1-6, 7 pts) on Saturday. This will be the fist time the two clubs have met this season, with the Sounders sweeping last seasons series 3-0.
No Time Off
The Sounders were in action just two days ago when they played host to Real Salt Lake. After an awarded penalty to RSL leveled the match in the 79th, Seattle bounced back with a converted PK of their own just nine minutes later to secure the victory.
Raúl Ruidíaz, who convereted the penalty for the Sounders, picked up his 50th goal in a Rave Green uniform with the game winner. Cristian Roldan also hit a milestone in the game, notching his 25th goal with the club when he opened up the scoring in the 58th.
Defense on Lock
The Sounders have arguably been the best defensive team in the MLS to this point. They will come into Saturday’s game having conceded no goals from the run of play. The five goals that have been scored on Seattle have all been from the spot due to penalties. To this point, they have also had five clean sheets and have not allowed more than one goal in any match this season.
Once thought to be the week point of this team, the defense of this team has carried them to this undefeated start to the season. With a team that struggles to score like Vancouver coming to town, that strength should be on full display tomorrow. That is as a long as they don’t concede another penalty.
Vancouver doesn’t exactly come into this weekends match in the best form. They are on a five game losing streak after falling 2-1 to the Galaxy on Wednesday and only have two wins on the season thus far. They currently sit in the 11th spot on the western table, just one spot above last place FC Dallas.
The Whitecaps have scored all of eight goals this season while conceding 14. A stark contrast to the +13 goal differential for the Sounders. Designated Player Lucas Cavallini has only tallied one goal to his credit this year and will need to wake up of they have any chance tomorrow.
With all of that being said, this is a Cascadia rivalry and anything can happen. Well, as long as we ignore the fact that Seattle hasn’t lost to the ‘Caps in the past 11 matches and haven’t lost at home to them since March 2016.
For Your Viewing Pleasure
Kickoff tomorrow is scheduled for 6:00 PM PT at Lumen Field in Seattle. JOEtv, Prime Video, Univision-Seattle and ESPN+ (out of market only) will be the places to catch the television broadcast. 950 KJR AM and EL Rey 1360 AM will be the spot for those that just like things audible.
Any fans planning on attending the match in person, there are still tickets available. Vaccination verification is required for those individuals in attendance and it has to have been 14 days since your final dose. You can find tickets through the link: HERE.
Russell is the Content Director for the Eli Network. He studied broadcast journalism at Eastern Oregon and North Dakota State University. Mostly covers soccer and basketball in the Seattle area and is the current play-by-play voice for Seattle Redhawks basketball. You can follow him @brussbrwn.