Gameday has arrived. Double game day really. First UEFA Champions League final at 11:45; then Cascadia Cup opener at 2 p.m.
Here is the TNT game story on the Sounders-Vancouver meeting, and some basics below:
SOUNDERS FC (7-2-1; 22 POINTS)AT VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (5-3-2, 17 POINTS)2 p.m., BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, B.C.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: G 4, David Estrada; A 2, Alex Caskey and Alvaro Fernandez; S 48, Fredy Montero; SOG 16, Fredy Montero; GAA 0.29, Bryan Meredith. For Vancouver: G 3, Sebastien Le Toux; A 3, Davide Chiumiento; S 21, Eric Hassli; SOG 8, Camilo. GAA 1.16; Joe Cannon.HEAD TO HEAD: In MLS competition, the Sounders leads 1-0-1, and 1-0 in Vancouver. The Whitecaps visit Seattle on Aug. 18, and the Sounders will return to Vancouver on Sept. 29. NOTES: This is the first match of the 2012 Cascadia Cup, contested among Portland, Vancouver and defending-champion Seattle. … Seattle has an MLS-high eight-game road unbeaten streak (7-0-1). … The Sounders and Whitecaps each are each coming in after streak-ending losses. Vancouver had won its previous four and Seattle its previous five. … Seattle leads MLS with four goals surrendered. Vancouver is 13th in goals scored and 17th in shots taken. … Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning (hip) and defender Patrick Ianni are out. Leo Gonzalez (quad) is listed as probable, and midfielder Brad Evans (calf) as doubtful. Vancouver forward Atiba Harris (quad) is questionable. … Former Sounder Sebastien Le Toux was traded from Philadelphia to Vancouver over the off-season. … Hassli is one caution away from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Terry Stotz.QUOTABLE: "He’s a horse. He’s big and he’s strong, and he’s willing to try those unbelievable goals. I used to have an assistant coach, and he used to say: ‘Dare to be brilliant.’ If you don’t try that, you can never score a brilliant goal." – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on Hassli.NEXT: Columbus Crew, 7 p.m. Wednesday, CenturyLink Field.