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Saturday comes: Vancouver-Sounders at 4 PT

VancouverHere is our preview story, and here's another by Gary Kingston of the Vancouver Sun, and from Marc Weber of The Provence.Below are some of the basics:

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (6-3-2; 20 POINTS) VS. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (5-3-1; 16 POINTS)4 p.m., B.C. Place; Vancouver, British ColumbiaTV: Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: The Whitecaps lead 4-3-4 overall, and 2-1-3 in Vancouver. The Sounders are winless over the last six meetings. The teams will meet again Aug. 1 in Seattle and Sept. 19 in Vancouver.NOTES: The Sounders are expected to be without forward Obafemi Martins due to a leg injury. Martins has scored six of Seattle’s 15 goals this season. Clint Dempsey opens the weekend tied for the MLS lead with seven, and Lamar Neagle has the other two. … Dempsey has recorded a goal or assist in all nine matches he has played this regular season. … Vancouver’s leaders are forward Octavio Rivero with six goals and midfielder Pedro Morales with four assists. Rivero was named MLS player of the month in March. … The Sounders’ three-game winning streak ended last weekend at Columbus. The Whitecaps are 2-1-1 over their last four matches. … Vancouver is 3-2-1 at home. The Sounders are 2-2-1 away. This match concludes a three-game road run for the Sounders, who split the first two. … Vancouver is the two-time defending Cascadia Cup champion and holds the early lead this season: 1-0-1, to Seattle’s 1-0-0 and Portland’s 0-2-1. … Vancouver midfielder Mauro Rosales, who played in Seattle from 2011-13, is probable with a right quad strain. … This will be final game on this artificial surface. Installation of new turf is scheduled to start Sunday in advance of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. … The referee is Mark Geiger.QUOTE: “They’ve got a lot of youth, they’ve got a lot of speed. They’ve bought in to the way they’re playing. … They’re a team that relies a lot on their energy. They rely a lot on Morales finding those long, accurate switching balls and through balls; and they’re looking to run behind your defense.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on the Whitecaps.

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