Matchday Central: @ Vancouver

It's the second meeting in one month between the Cascadia rivals as Sounders FC meets Whitecaps FC in Seattle's third match of the year in the Cascadia Cup.

Sounders FC @ Whitecaps FC
July 6, 2013, 8 pm PT; BC Place in Vancouver, B.C.
TV/Radio: NBC Sports; KIRO Radio 97.3 FM; La Gran D 99.3 FM (Spanish)

Vancouver’s Record: After a slow start, the Whitecaps have gone 5-1-2 in their last eight matches to improve to fifth in the West at 7-5-5.

All-time Series: Seattle is 3-0-3 all-time against the Whitecaps and 1-0-2 in Vancouver. Sounders FC won the only previous meeting this season, 3-2 at CenturyLink Field on June 8.

Injury Report: Sounders FC – OUT: GK Josh Ford (R patella fracture); M Steve Zakuani (athletic pubalgia). QUESTIONABLE: M Osvaldo Alonso (L quad strain). Whitecaps FC – OUT: D Jay DeMerit (L torn Achilles tendon); F Omar Salgado (R foot fracture). QUESTIONABLE: F Erik Hurtado (L foot sprain); D Andy O’Brien (R hamstring strain).

Key Player: When a player scores in five straight matches, opposition had better be aware of him. Camilo Sanvezzo has done just that with seven goals and two assists in his last five matches to run his season totals to 10 goals – good for second in MLS – and three assists. Last time against Seattle, he scored both Vancouver goals and he now has a team-high four goals in six matches against Seattle.

Notes: Saturday’s match will mark Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid’s 400th MLS regular season match, the most of any coach in league history. … Vancouver has three players missing the match for international duty. Midfielder Russell Teibert and goalkeeper Simon Thomas are with Canada for the CONCACAF Gold Cup while defender Carlyle Mitchell is with Trinidad and Tobago. … Sanvezzo is the only player on the Whitecaps FC roster who has ever scored against Sounders FC. … Seattle leads the all-time series between the two clubs that dates back to 1974 in the North American Soccer League. Spanning four leagues and 39 years, Seattle leads 63-46-21 in 130 meetings.

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