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Saturday comes: Sounders-Vancouver, 7:30

The sun is out and a nice day has dawned in Vancouver. However, forecasts call for a chance of rain this evening when the Sounders and Whitecaps meet in the final match at Empire Field.

Here's our preview story, dealing largely with the Cascadia Cup. Here's a preview from the Vancouver Sun. And another from The Provence, already looking forward to next season.

And a basic overview:

SOUNDERS FC (14-6-9; 51 PTS.)AT VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (4-14-10; 22 PTS.)7:30 p.m.; Empire Field, Vancouver, B.C.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle – G 8, Alvaro Fernandez; A 12, Mauro Rosales; S 88, Fredy Montero; SOG 32, Montero; GAA 1.07, Kasey Keller. For Vancouver -- G 10, Eric Hassli; A 8, Davide Chiumiento; S 67, Camilo; SOG 28, Camilo; GAA 1.64, Joe Cannon. HEAD TO HEAD: In their only MLS meeting, the clubs played to a 2-2 draw June 11 in Seattle. NOTES: A win would give the Sounders this season’s Cascadia Cup, a round-robin competition among the three Northwest teams of MLS. The Sounders currently have five points from three games, Portland four points from three games, and Vancouver one point from two games. … A loss would eliminate the Whitecaps from playoff contention. The Sounders already have clinched. …Seattle is 10-2-4 over its last 16 MLS matches, however one of the draws came at home to the Whitecaps. … Vancouver has the fewest wins in MLS. However, all four victories have come at home, where they are 4-3-5 and have won their last two. … Former Sounder Pete Vagenas has appeared in 13 league matches for the Whitecaps. … Vancouver has the fewest goals in MLS (28) and put the fewest shots on goal (106). The Whitecaps are second-to-last with a 1.64 goals-against average. … This is Vancouver’s final appearance at Empire Field before moving to the renovated retractable-roof BC Place next weekend. … Rosales is out with an MCL sprain. Tyson Wahl is out due to disciplinary suspension. Osvaldo Alonso, Eric Friberg, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Montero are one caution away from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Jair Marrufo.QUOTABLE: “They’re a dangerous team because it’s a big game for them. It’s their last game at Empire, so that’s important to them, as well. On the offensive side of the ball, I think they’ve got some weapons. I think Hassli’s a good player. Camilo has done well for them on the flank. The Brazilian (Davide Chiumiento) is a good technical, skillful player who can make things happen for them.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the Whitecaps.NEXT: The Sounders return to CONCACAF Champions League play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Comunicaciones of Guatemala. Their next MLS game is 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at New England.
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