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Quick look at Whitecaps-Sounders derby

A quick early look at tonight's game:

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (1-6-7; 10 PTS.)AT SOUNDERS FC (5-4-6; 21 PTS.)7:30 p.m., Qwest Field.TV: Fox Soccer Channel. RADIO: 97.3 FM (99.3 FM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: This is the first MLS meeting. In all leagues dating to the NASL in 1974, Seattle leads 60-45-18. The Sounders will visit Vancouver on Sept. 24.TEAM LEADERS: Vancouver – G 4, Camilo and Eric Hanssli; A 5, Davide Chiumiento; S 25, Hanssli; SOG 10, Camilo; GAA 1.33, Joe Cannon. For Seattle – G 4, Brad Evans; A 4, Fredy Montero; S 42, Montero;SOG 17, Montero; GAA 0.87, Kasey Keller. NOTES: Vancouver is 0-5-2 on the road and winless in its last 13 games overall. The Whitecaps’ only win came in their league debut March 19 vs. Toronto. … Vancouver midfielder Terry Dunfield is out due to duty with the Canadian national team, and forward Abita Harris is out due to knee surgery. Defender Jonathan Leathers (calf) is questionable. For Seattle, midfielder Alvaro Fernandez (hamstring) is questionable. …Seattle and Vancouver rank 1-2 in MLS in fouls committed. The Whitecaps lead MLS in ejections, with forward Eric Hassli being sent off three times. … If Sounders defender Leo Gonzalez receives a caution he will miss the next game due to yellow-card accumulation. …Sounders defender Jeff Parke played with the USL Whitecaps in 2009. Former Sounder midfielder Pete Vagenas plays with Vancouver. … This is the second game of the 2011 Cascadia Cup round-robin between Seattle, Portland and Vancouver. In the earlier match, the Sounders and Timbers drew at Qwest. … Kickoff has been moved back 30 minutes from its original 7 p.m. start time listed on the tickets. … The referee is Mark Geiger. … The game is sold out. … The Emerald City Supporters will hold a 21-and-older block party starting at 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Occidental Avenue and South Washington Street.QUOTABLE: “It’s always dangerous when you play an opponent who has just changed coaches. Like I said, this is the first week when Vancouver has had a whole week of training under their new coach so for him to be able to implement how he wants them to play or get his points across this was a very important week. They’ve got to be fired up as a team. As individual players they have got to reprove themselves and so that makes them a team that’s going to come in with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of effort. But they are coming onto our field, they are coming into our ground and we want to protect that very sincerely. It’s also very important for us to be the top dog in the Northwest and this is another game in that battle. It’s a great rivalry. The fans are going to be in it. Their fans are going to be there as well. I can’t get any extra tickets. I was trying to get extra tickets, I know it’s difficult. It’ll be a lot of fun. ... The first two games under Tommy Soehn they stayed in a 4-4-2. It was maybe a little bit more of a structured 4-4-2 than it was under Teitur [Thordarson]. As I said, they changed some players positionally more than they changed the system. […] For us the big question for them is what they are going to bring in the middle of midfield. That’s the area that they seem to be shifting around with a little bit more. Are they going to play [Davide] Chiumiento inside or outside? Are they going to play Camilo inside or outside? Those are probably the main questions right now.” -- Schmid.NEXT: at Toronto FC, 4 p.m. June 18.

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