Big game in Cascadia Cup, big game in the MLS playoff race.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (10-8-7; 37 POINTS)SOUNDERS FC (10-6-7; 37 POINTS)1 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: KING 5. RADIO: 97.3 FM.CLUB LEADERS: For Vancouver: G 7, Danny Mattocks; A 5, Camilo and Danny Mattocks; S 44, Camilo; SOG 17 Camilo; GAA 1.29, Joe Cannon. For Seattle: G 10, Eddie Johnson; A 9, Mauro Rosales; S 84, Fredy Montero; SOG 30, Montero; GAA 0.63, Michael Gspurning.HEAD TO HEAD: Through various leagues, the Seattle-Vancouver soccer series dates to 1974. In the MLS series that started last season, Seattle leads 1-0-2. The Sounders have scored at least two goals in all three meetings. The clubs played to a 2-2 draw May 19 in Vancouver. They will meet there again Sept. 29. NOTES: The clubs are tied for third place in the Western Conference, although Seattle as played two fewer games. … This match counts in the standings of the Cascadia Cup competition between Seattle, Vancouver and Portland. The Timbers are 1-0-1 so far, the Whitecaps 0-0-2 and the Sounders 0-1-1. … Gspurning leads MLS in goals-against average. Vancouver is third with nine defensive shutouts. …. Midfielder Mario Martinez could debut for Seattle. … Vancouver defender Martin Bonjour (suspension) and forward Omar Salgado (foot) are out, and defender Jay DeMerit (concussion) is doubtful. … Johnson and Mattocks are one caution away from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Silviu Petrescu. … A crowd of around 55,000 is expected. Tickets remain available. … Volunteers will be at the gates to accept donations to benefit those affected by wildfires in Eastern Washington and around the nation.QUOTABLE: “Camilo is a guy who now has sort of found his form again. He’s a good dribbler who can take people off the run with the ball and also has decent speed. They’re a little more of a team that’s built upon counterattacking, a little more of a team that’s built upon their team speed than they were before.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on how the Whitecaps have changed since the previous match.NEXT: The Sounders visit Chivas USA at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25.