Sounders FC title defence begins in Vancouver.

If familiarity truly breeds contempt Sunday night’s game one (5:30 P.M. PT) of the two game Western Conference Semifinal series between the No. 2 seeded  Seattle Sounders FC and the No.3 seeded Vancouver Whitecaps will be a tough, gritty and physical match.  This will be the fourth time the Cascadia Rivals will face off this season. The regular season record between the two teams was 1-1-1.

The Whitecaps beat the visiting Sounders 2-1 April 14th at BC Place, draw1-1 August 23rd in another home game and lost 3-0 September 27th at CenturyLink Field. With no secrets between the two rivals, the key to winning the two-game series will be one team’s ability impose its will and style of play on the other.

The Whitecaps are coming off a momentum-building 5-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes Wednesday night in Vancouver. After a slim 1-0 halftime lead, the Whitecaps erupted for four second-half goals. The Whitecaps scored three of there five goals on set pieces. Former Sounder Freddy Montero, Cristina Techera, Kendall Waston all chipped in a goal while  Nicolas Mezquida came off the bench to score two goals.

 

Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer believes the key to winning the two-game series will be to play smart disciplined soccer.

 

The first game will test the Sounders depth due to suspensions and injuries. Forward Clint Dempsey is suspended for the first game after receiving in red card in the Sounders season finale against the Colorado Rapids.  Jordan Morris, Brad Evans, Ozzie Alonso and Gustan Svensson are all dealing with various injuries that will likely sideline them for the first match.

Season Goal Leaders

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Seattle Sounders FC
Fredy Montero 14 Clint Dempsey 12
Cristian Techera 7 Will Bruin 11
Yordy Reyna 6 Nicolás Lodeiro 7

Season Stats

Vancouver Whitecaps FC                                                                     Seattle Sounders FC
35 Games Played 34
16 Wins 14
12 Losses 9
7 Draws 11
55 Goals 52
49 Goals Conceded 39
321 Shots 386
140 Shots on Target 153
446 Fouls committed 333
412 Fouls suffered 471
45 Offside 66
171 Corners 181

Goals Scored

TOTAL

0 1 2 3 4+ Total Avg
VAN 8 10 10 4 3 55 1.6
SEA 8 13 3 7 3 52 1.5

Goals Conceded

TOTAL

0 1 2 3 4+ Total Avg
VAN 8 11 11 4 1 49 1.4
SEA 13 9 7 4 1 39 1.1

 

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