Víctor Rodríguez 2017 vs. Whitecaps 2018-07-16
Jane Gershovich

SEAvVAN 101: Everything you need to know when the Sounders host the Whitecaps in Week 21

The Seattle Sounders are taking on the rival Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday. Here is everything you need to know:


WHEN AND WHERE: Kickoff is at 1 p.m. PT at CenturyLink Field.

WHERE TO WATCH: The match will be televised in English on JOEtv and YouTube TV, and in Spanish on Univision-Seattle.

WHERE TO LISTEN: The match will air in English on 950 KJR AM and in Spanish on El Rey 1360 AM.

2018 RECORDS AND STANDINGS: Sounders: 4-9-5 (17 points, 10th West), Whitecaps: 7-8-5 (26 points, 8th West).

FORM GUIDE (most recent first): Seattle: DDWLD, Vancouver: LWLLW

ALL-TIME HISTORY: The Sounders are 8-7-5 all time against the Whitecaps, including a 4-4-1 record at home.

PREVIOUS MEETING: The Sounders defeated the Whitecaps 2-0 on aggregate in the 2017 Western Conference Semifinals. After a scoreless draw at BC Place in Leg One, Clint Dempsey recorded a second-half brace in Leg Two at CenturyLink Field to send Seattle to the Western Conference Championship.

PREVIOUS REGULAR-SEASON MEETING: Seattle defeated Vancouver 3-0 at CenturyLink Field on Sept. 27, 2017, behind goals from Víctor Rodríguez, Nicolás Lodeiro and Dempsey.

HERITAGE MATCH: Saturday's game will be the Sounders' Heritage Match. For the first time in 2018, the Sounders will wear its Heritage kits at home and CenturyLink Field will take on a throwback look with the Sounders' original colors and logos. Arrive early to be one of the first 10,000 fans to receive a Sounders FC old-school snapback, courtesy of Washington Federal!

THREE-MATCHES UNBEATEN: The Sounders enter Saturday’s match unbeaten in their last three matches, coincidentally all of which were on the road. This is Seattle’s first three-match unbeaten streak of the season.

RUIDÍAZ DEBUT?: After suiting up as a substitute last weekend, but not making an appearance, new Designated Player Raúl Ruidíaz is expected to make his Sounders debut against the Whitecaps.

HOME COOKING: After leaving Atlanta last weekend with a well-earned road draw, the Sounders turned their attention to winning at home. Seattle only has eight points from eight matches at CenturyLink Field so far this season.

MCCRARY SUSPENDED: After being sent off last weekend with two yellow cards, Sounders right back Jordan McCrary will serve a one-match suspension on Saturday. Kelvin Leerdam, who made his return as a substitute after missing a month with a hamstring injury, will likely get the start.


Clint Dempsey dribbles against the Whitecaps in Leg Two of the 2017 Western Conference Semifinals | Mike Fiechtner

SVENSSON RETURNS: After helping lead Sweden to the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals in Russia, Gustav Svensson met the team in Atlanta and came on as a second-half substitute at center back to secure a road result.

KEY KEI: Vancouver is led offensively by MLS veteran forward Kei Kamara, who has eight goals and three assists this season.

DOMINANT DAVIES: Vancouver midfielder Alphonso Davies, just 17, is one of the league’s youngest and most explosive players. He has three goals this year to go along with a team-high eight assists.

LONG TRAVEL: Before taking on the Sounders, the Whitecaps visit the Montreal Impact in Quebec on Wednesday for the first leg of the Canadian Championship. This comes after falling 3-1 on the east coast last weekend in the inaugural match at D.C. United’s new Audi Field, a long and taxing stretch of travel and games for the Whitecaps ahead of Saturday afternoon’s match at CenturyLink Field.

LEAKY DEFENSE: The Whitecaps enter this weekend having allowed 40 goals, third-most in MLS and the most in the Western Conference.

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