Leg 1 of the Western Conference Semifinal between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders ended in a 0-0 draw at BC Place last Sunday. The teams will matchup again on Thursday evening (10:30 PM ET on FS1, TSN 5, TVAS) for the decisive second leg. Below is a grid showing the scoreline that each team needs to advance to the Western Conference Championship.
How to read the grid: if the match on Thursday night is tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time, Vancouver will advance to the Western Conference Championship on away-goals (see below for more information on the away-goals rule).
Vancouver vs Seattle matchup notes:
- Last match at CenturyLink Field: September 27. Seattle won 3-0.
- All-time MLS regular season series record at Seattle: Seattle has 4 wins, Vancouver has 4 wins. 1 draw.
- Seattle were shutout at CenturyLink Field twice this season. (March 31 vs ATL and May 6 vs TOR)
The away-goals rule: The away-goals rule is a tiebreaking method that is used to determine the winner of a two-legged series, such as the MLS Conference Semifinals and Conference Championships. If two teams are tied on aggregate at the end of regulation time of the second leg, the away-goals rule is applied as the first tiebreaker. The winner is the team with the most goals scored away from home.