Matchday Central: vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Sounders FC can clinch a playoff spot and hoist the Cascadia Cup with a win on Wednesday night. Here is all the info on the clash with Vancouver at CenturyLink Field.

Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
October 9, 2013, 7 pm PT; CenturyLink Field
TV/Radio: KONG 6/16; 710 ESPN Seattle; KOMO2 (Spanish); La Gran D 99.3 FM (Spanish)

Vancouver’s Record: Whitecaps FC is seventh in the West at 11-11-9 (42 points) and 3-8-4 on the road.

All-Time Series: Seattle is 3-1-3 against Vancouver in MLS play, including a 1-1-0 record this season. Across all competitions since 1974, Seattle is 63-47-21 against Vancouver in NASL, WSL, USL, MLS and friendlies.

Injury Report: Sounders FC – OUT: GK Josh Ford (R patella fracture). QUESTIONABLE: F Will Bates (R knee injury); M Clint Dempsey (R hamstring strain); D Leo Gonzalez (L hip injury); M Shalrie Joseph (R knee sprain); D Djimi Traore (L hamstring strain). Whitecaps FC – OUT: F Omar Salgado (R foot fracture); D Brad Rusin (R ankle sprain). PROBABLE: F Kenny Miller (R adductor tightness).

Key player: Camilo Sanvezzo has been a force to be reckoned with in Cascadia Cup matches. The Brazilian forward has eight goals and two assists in 15 matches against Seattle and the Portland Timbers dating back to 2011, including two goals on Sunday against Portland. This year, he is second in MLS with 18 goals, adding five assists to his cause in his case for league MVP honors.

Notes: Sounders FC can clinch a playoff berth with a victory or a draw on Wednesday. … Seattle midfielder Brad Evans and forward Eddie Johnson were both called in to the U.S. National Team and will miss the match against Vancouver and Sunday’s match against the Portland Timbers. Vancouver will play without defender Johnny Leveron (Honduras) and forward Darren Mattocks (Jamaica). … Midfielder Mauro Rosales tied Fredy Montero for the club record with 34 assists in his career. He shares the league-lead with five game-winning assists this season. … Seattle is unbeaten in its last 14 matches at home at 10-0-4. … Sounders FC can clinch the Cascadia Cup with a win or draw. Seattle is first in the standings with seven points (2-1-1), while Vancouver is second with six points (1-1-3). The Portland Timbers (0-1-4) have been eliminated from contention for the supporter-created trophy. … Seattle defender Zach Scott will miss the match while serving the first of a two-game suspension for yellow card accumulation and red card last Saturday at Colorado.

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