The Whitecaps at Sounders preview will see Vancouver in tough against one of the top teams in the MLS Western Conference. If the Whitecaps were ever in the right form for an upset then now is the time. Coming off a massive 3-0 victory over San Jose that saw a dominant performance and a hat-trick from Brian White. They will try and continue their winning ways in a Cascadia Cup Derby.
The Seattle Sounders are also coming in off a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids. A 2nd minute Cristian Roldan goal would set the stage for the home side. Jimmy Medranda and Joao Mior would tally goals in the first half as Seattle put it out of reach before the first half whistle blew. A red card to Lucas Souza would add insult to injury for the Rapids in the 61st minute.
The Sounders were able to stay at the top of the MLS Western Conference standings with the win. The Whitecaps will try and claw above the playoff line as they sit one point back of Minnesota and 2 points back of LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.
Lineup News And Notes Whitecaps At Sounders Preview
Vancouver Whitecaps – Vanni Sartini
Both sides will be short-handed with players missing for World Cup Qualifying duty. The Whitecaps are also without some players who are still battling injuries. Maxime Crepeau is with the Canada National team who just came off a big 1-1 draw at Azteca Stadium against Mexico. Lucas Cavallini was supposed to join the team but remained training in Vancouver while he deals with an injury.
The Caps could be thin at the back with Andy Rose, Erik Godoy, and Ranko Veselinovic all battling nagging injuries. The good news is it looks like Cristian Gutierrez could get back into the lineup Saturday. Thomas Hasal will start in the net with Crepeau gone and could have a back 3 of Jake Nerwinski, Florian Jungwirth, and Cristian Gutierrez in front of him.
Russell Teibert has shown well lately and could get the start with Leonard Owusu once again. Cristian Dajome and Bruno Gaspar will most likely flank the midfield four with Ryan Gauld in the holding position. Brian White scored a hat trick last match and will try and keep his hot streak going up top with Deiber Caicedo.
Seattle Sounders – Brian Schmetzer
Seattle will be missing players from injury and for the World Cup Qualifications. Cristian Roldan, Alex Roldan, Xavier Arreaga, and Raul Ruidiaz are all away with their respective national teams. At one point it looked as though the Sounders would only have 18 available players for the match. It looks like they could be getting some players back from injury and could have a full 20.
Stephen Frei will be ready to go between the sticks for the Sounders. We could see a back 3 formation, something more similar to the match they played against San Jose. We do know we will see former Whitecap Fredy Montero as he will be hungry to strike against his former team. It will be interesting to see the lineup that Seattle goes with Saturday night against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Whitecaps at Sounders Saturday night will be a Cascadia Cup match with fans back in the stadium. The action will kick off just after 6:00 PM PST from Lumen Field. Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and updates all throughout the match.
Be sure to check out the Sports Talk Line website after the match for a complete recap including the post-match media, The Unnamed Moments Of The Match, and more. And for even more Whitecaps content tonight before the match check out the latest episode of The Unnamed Sports Show as I spoke with Whitecaps Interim Head Coach Vanni Sartini.