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VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (11-11-9; 42 POINTS)AT SOUNDERS FC (15-9-6; 51 POINTS)7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 710 AM.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads the MLS series, 3-1-3, including a home win and a road loss this season. The Sounders lead 2-0-1 at home. In the rivalry dating to 1974 across all leagues and competitions, Seattle leads 63-47-21. NOTES: With a win, the Sounders would move to the top of Major League Soccer and clinch a playoff spot. With a win or draw, Seattle also would clinch the 2013 Cascadia Cup. … Even without a result, Seattle would clinch a playoff berth if San Jose does not win against Colorado. … Seattle has a club-record 14-game home unbeaten streak (10-0-4). The Whitecaps are 3-8-4 on the road. … Vancouver is coming off a 2-2 draw with Portland on Sunday, while Seattle’s last match was a 5-1 loss at Colorado. The Sounders followed their previous two losses with unbeaten streaks of four and seven games. … Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said designated player Clint Dempsey, forward Obafemi Martins and defender Djimi Traore are available. However, Seattle will be without leading goals-scorer Eddie Johnson and starting midfielder Brad Evans due to U.S. national team duty. Vancouver will be without defender Johnny Leveron (Honduras) and forward Darren Mattocks (Jamaica). … Seattle defender Zach Scott will serve the first of a two-game disciplinary suspension for card accumulation. … Defenders Leo Gonzalez and Djimi Traore are one caution away from suspension. … The referee is Juan Guzman. … Pink balls and other game items will be used as part of MLS’ breast cancer-awareness efforts. Pink fund-raising items also will be for sale.QUOTABLE: “(Winning the Cascadia Cup) is something that we’ve talked about already. And we’d rather do that at home for our fans.” -- SchmidNEXT: The Sounders visit Portland at 6 p.m. Sunday.