Seattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season — Week 17
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
CenturyLink Field — Seattle
June 29 — 10:00 PM ET



In the third of six Cascadia Cup showdowns this year between the trio of Pacific Northwest rivals, the Seattle Sounders take on the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday night at CenturyLink Field. 

The Sounders (7-4-5) return from a Gold Cup break hoping to end a three-match league losing streak, not including a 2-1 defeat to the Portland Timbers in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. Victor Rodriguez canceled out an early Brian Fernandez goal. After Fernandez added a second goal in the 50th minute, Rodriguez had a late chance to level from the penalty spot, but he hammered the crossbar. 

For the second time in less than a week, the Whitecaps (4-6-8) rallied from a two-goal deficit to forge a 2-2 draw against a Western Conference foe, earning a point against FC Dallas Wednesday at Toyota Stadium after doing the same at home vs. the Colorado Rapids Saturday. Lucas Venuto set up Yordy Reyna to pull Vancouver to within a goal in the 81st minute before scoring the 94th-minute equalizer. 

This is the second Cascadia Cup meeting this year, with the teams playing to a 0-0 draw at BC Place on March 30. 

Seattle Sounders FC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Will Bruin (F) - right ACL tear
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  None
  • International duty: Jordan Morris (F), Cristian Roldan (M), Nicolas Lodeiro (M), Raul Ruidiaz (F), Román Torres (D)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Joaquín Ardaiz (F) - left hamstring strain
    • OUT: Thomas Hasal (GK) - left shoulder sprain
    • OUT: Jasser Khmiri (D) - left knee injury
    • OUT: David Norman Jr. (M) - right foot surgery
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Ali Adnan (D)
  • International duty:  Maxime Crépeau (FK), Derek Cornelius (D), Doneil Henry (D), Russell Teibert (M), Lass Bangoura (M)

Series Matchup at Sounders

  • Sounders: 5 wins, 15 goals
  • Whitecaps: 4 wins, 14 goals
  • 1 draw


  • Referee: Alan Kelly
  • Assistant Referees: Jeremy Kieso, Mike Rottersman
  • 4th Official: Elton Garcia
  • VAR: Edvin Jurisevic