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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC vs VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

CENTURYLINK FIELD, Seattle, Wash.

June 8, 2013 (WEEK 15, MLS Game #132)
7:30 p.m. PT (NBC SN; TSN/RDS2)
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Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC renew their Cascadia rivalry for the first time this season when the old Pacific Northwest foes meet Saturday evening at CenturyLink Field before an NBC Sports Network audience. Sounders FC rebounded from their heavy defeat to LA last time out, defeating Chivas USA 2-0 on the road. Whitecaps FC rebounded from their Canadian Championship disappointment with a quality victory, winning 2-1 at New York.

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REFEREE: Hilario Grajeda. AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Paul Scott; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal
MLS Career: 84 games; FC/gm: 24.3; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 15; pens: 11

DISABLED LIST: SEA: Josh Ford
SUSPENDED: SEA: Shalrie Joseph (through June 9)
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: SEA: Eddie Johnson
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: SEA: Eddie Johnson, Brad Evans (both USA); Mario Martinez (Honduras) … VAN: Darren Mattocks (Jamaica)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (5 meetings): Sounders FC 2 wins, 9 goals … Whitecaps FC 0 wins, 5 goals … Ties 3
AT SEATTLE (2 meetings): Sounders FC 1 win, 4 goals … Whitecaps FC 0 wins, 2 goals … Ties 1
RETURN MATCHES: 7/6: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 8 p.m. PT (NBCSN, TSN, RDS); 10/9: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 7 p.m. PT (TSN, RDS2)

LAST YEAR (MLS)
5/19: VAN 2, SEA 2 (Rochat 12; Camilo 82 – Johnson 47; Montero 90)
8/18: SEA 2, VAN 0 (Montero 64; Johnson 87)
9/29: VAN 0, SEA 0

  • Whitecaps FC have yet to defeat their Cascadia rivals to the south since coming to MLS. Sounders FC have won two of the five meetings all-time, with three draws.
  • Seattle won 2-0 last Aug. 18 at CenturyLink Field, their first home win vs. Vancouver. Sounders FC have won one of the three meetings in Vancouver, a 3-1 win at Empire Field in 2011. Both meetings at BC Place have ended in draws.
  • The clubs have a rivalry dating back to 1974 in the old North American Soccer League, and continuing through the A-League and USL First Division.
  • Coaches record: Sigi Schmid vs. VAN: P5 W2 L0 T3 … Martin Rennie vs. SEA: P3 W0 L1 T2

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
Seattle Sounders FC returned to their winning ways in a second game in a week at The Home Depot Center, defeating Chivas USA 2-0 on Saturday evening. Sounders FC are in sixth place in the Western Conference with 18 points from 12 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • Sounders FC took the lead in the 22nd minute. Lamar Neagle's ball in behind the Chivas defense freed Obafemi Martins all alone on goal, and he scored with a nifty, left-footed chip over Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy from inside the area.
  • Sounders FC saw their lead doubled 11 minutes later when Mauro Rosales floated in a cross from the right corner, and Chivas defender Mario de Luna headed it directly into his own goal completely uncontested.
  • Seattle finished the game a man down after Martins was sent off in the 70th minute by referee Ricardo Salazar for a foul on Gabriel Farfan.
  • Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid made four changes to the team that fell 4-0 to the LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center. Zach Scott came into central defense in place of Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Osvaldo Alonso and Mario Martinez came into the midfield for Shalrie Joseph and Brad Evans, and Lamar Neagle came back in up top in place of Eddie Johnson.
  • SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-4-2): Michael Gspurning - DeAndre Yedlin, Djimi Traore, Zach Scott, Leo Gonzalez - Mauro Rosales (David Estrada 76), Servando Carrasco, Osvaldo Alonso (Andy Rose 21), Mario Martinez (Marc Burch 77) - Lamar Neagle, Obafemi Martins (sent off 71).

TEAM NEWS

  • A week after giving up four goals in a loss to the LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center, Sounders FC returned to Carson and defeated Chivas USA for their fifth victory in the last seven matches.
  • “We feel good about what we can do,” Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid said. “The team is still very confident in their abilities. We know we laid an egg here last week [against the LA Galaxy]. Today, they stepped up and showed their character.”
  • Said midfielder Mauro Rosales: “It is always important to sum up points when we are on the road. We are a strong team playing at home and we also need to take advantage of that, but yet again, winning points on the road is always something good.”
  • Obafemi Martins has scored all four of his goals in MLS play during that seven-game stretch for Seattle. Sounders FC will also have Martins now available for the Vancouver match – even after being sent off with 19 minutes to play, his appeal to overturn the red card was upheld by an independent review panel.
  • “He’s gotten goals for us, for sure. He’s there to finish chances. That’s what you want from your strikers and that’s what he’s giving us,” Schmid said. “ … Getting Oba back is a big plus for us. Oba and Lamar [Neagle] have played together fairly well and to be able to come back with those two is a huge plus and helps us in terms of making our lineup decisions this week.”
  • Already missing Shalrie Joseph a suspension lengthened to two matches in a decision by the MLS Disciplinary Committee, Osvaldo Alonso had to come off after just 21 minutes with a right quadriceps injury. Alonso had missed the LA match with a strained adductor.
  • “Obviously, losing Alonso, Andy Rose had to come in and battle and play,” said Schmid. “We made a couple of subs trying to keep our wide players fresh because we knew that they would have to work a lot at the end. The character and the effort were really good.”
  • Sounders FC will be without both parts of their first-choice strike pair, with Eddie Johnson on international duty, and also without two key midfielders with both Brad Evans (USA) and Mario Martinez (Honduras) also with their respective national teams.

READ: Seattle in talks to keep Mario Martinez longer than expected

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC won for the first time away from home this season, coming back for a 2-1 win against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday evening at Red Bull Arena. Whitecaps FC sit in seventh place in the Western Conference with 16 points from 12 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • The Red Bulls took a 51st-minute lead through some good fortune. Jonny Steele was freed on the left side of the area and tried to pull a pass back to the spot, but Greg Klazura redirected the ball into his own net.
  • Seven minutes later, Whitecaps FC were level. A cross from Lee Young-Pyo wasn't well cleared and Jordan Harvey pounced on the loose ball, rifling it home on the volley.
  • The Red Bulls went a man down in the 75th minute, when Jamison Olave was shown a second yellow card by referee Jorge Gonzalez after a late foul on Kenny Miller.
  • The visitors then took advantage in the 83rd as Miller beat a defender to reach a Russell Teibert cross and headed the ball downward past Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles.
  • Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie made five changes to the team that reached a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers at BC Place. Greg Klazura and Johnny Leveron came into the back four for Lee Young-Pyo and Brad Rusin, Matt Watson and Alain Rochat started in midfield for Nigel Reo-Coker and Gershon Koffie, and Kenny Miller came into the side up top in favor of Erik Hurtado.
  • VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC (4-1-3-2): Brad Knighton - Greg Klazura (Lee Young-Pyo 57), Johnny Leveron, Andy O'Brien, Jordan Harvey - Jun Marques Davidson - Russell Teibert, Matt Watson, Alain Rochat (Daigo Kobayashi 77) - Camilo Sanvezzo (Kekuta Manneh 87), Kenny Miller.

READ: Following Alain Rochat trade, Martin Rennie hints future moves afoot

TEAM NEWS

  • Whitecaps FC won on the road for the first time this season, coming back for the win in New York. Four teams are still without a road victory in MLS this year (Chicago, Toronto, D.C. United, San Jose).
  • “It was obviously a fantastic result for us,” goalkeeper Brad Knighton said. “The bounce-back after midweek. Coming back from the goal was obviously huge for us, and we’re that close to turning this around. It’s been a bit disappointing the last couple of weeks. We haven’t lost, but we haven’t won either, so to put a performance in like this away from home and at New York, who is leading in the East, is something spectacular for this team.”
  • Kenny Miller made his first league start since March 9, since starting the first two matches of the season, and scored his third MLS goal in four appearances on the season.
  • “We missed him,” Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie told Vancouver radio station TEAM 1410. “I don’t think people have really – they don’t really analyze deeper into the games.”
  • After scoring one goal total in his first seven MLS seasons, Jordan Harvey has now scored in each of the last two campaigns, getting Vancouver’s opening goal at Red Bull Arena.
  • “I think that with Jordan’s goal, and I think with all these guys in there, they got character and they don’t get down for too long, they fight back,” head coach Martin Rennie said. “Jordan got his rewards today, obviously he was as disappointed as anyone, you know, that we didn’t win the cup, but today he scored a very important goal, and [had] an excellent performance.”
  • With Nigel Reo-Coker out through suspension and Gershon Koffie unavailable through injury, Matt Watson made his second start of the season, his first since April 20.
  • Greg Klazura also made his first MLS start of the season, coming in at right back, though he unfortunately conceded an own goal then had to depart with an injury before the game was an hour old.
  • “We’ve got a very deep squad and everybody’s contributed this year,” Knighton said. “It’s a testament to Martin and the coaching staff to be able to select guys that can come in, step in to play a role and know their specific role and do it well. From now on he’s going to have some lineup positions where he’s going to have to decide on who he’s going to play, because people have taken their chances and that’s what it’s all about.”