Time Change ReminderSaturday's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. but was rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. to allow fans to access both stadiums. The Seattle Mariners host the New York Yankees at 1:10 p.m.
Vancouver Rivalry Dates to 1974Saturday will mark the 130th meeting between Seattle and Vancouver soccer teams in league, cup and friendly play since the Sounders and Whitecaps first collided on June 9, 1974 at the old Empire Stadium in a North American Soccer League match.
Seattle holds the all-time advantage at 62-46-21. Following the demise of the Sounders after nine years in the NASL, a new club, FC Seattle, made its debut on June 10, 1984, at Memorial Stadium against the Whitecaps. FC Seattle earned a 2-2 draw in the first match with Vancouver and scored its first victory against the 'Caps, 2-1, on August 4 at B.C. Place.
After the NASL folded, Vancouver formed the 86ers and began to play in the Canadian Soccer League in 1987, and faced FC Seattle in seven friendlies beginning that season through 1990. The rivalry was renewed in 1994 when the Sounders joined the 86ers in the A-League. Vancouver adopted the Whitecaps brand once again beginning in 2001, and soon after supporters groups from Seattle, Portland and Vancouver founded the Cascadia Cup, a three-way competition to determine Pacific Northwest supremacy amongst the Sounders, Timbers and Whitecaps. In the 209 all-time games against Portland and Vancouver soccer teams, Seattle reigns supreme with 103 wins, 74 losses and 32 draws.
Seattle vs. Vancouver All-Time Series 1974-83: NASL - Sounders 13 wins; Whitecaps 17 wins; 1 draw1984: Friendlies - FC Seattle 1 win; Whitecaps 0 wins; 1 draw1987-90: WSL/Friendlies - FC Seattle 3 wins; 86ers 3 wins; 0 draws1994-08: USL-1 - Sounders 43 wins; 86ers/Whitecaps 25 wins; 16 draws2011-present: MLS/Friendlies - Sounders 2 wins; Whitecaps 1 win; 3 drawsTotals: 129 matches played - Seattle 62 wins, Vancouver 46 wins; 21 draws
2013 Cascadia Cup UpdateThe current Cup-holders Portland Timbers have taken the early lead with draws in their first two Cascadia Cup matches of the season. Seattle and Vancouver are level with one draw, and the Timbers lead the group with three goals scored. After playing four of six away last season, Sounders FC will have home-field advantage with four Cascadia Cup contests at CenturyLink Field in 2013. The Timers will host just two rivalry games while the Whitecaps are split with three home and three away.
2013 Cascadia Cup StandingsTeam GP Record Goal DifferentialPortland Timbers 2 0-0-2 0 (3/3)Vancouver Whitecaps 1 0-0-1 0 (2/2)Seattle Sounders FC 1 0-0-1 0 (1/1)
2013 Cascadia Cup Schedule/ResultsDate Location MatchMarch 16 CenturyLink Field Sounders FC 1 vs. Portland Timbers 1May 18 BC Place Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 vs. Portland Timbers 2June 8 CenturyLink Field Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FCJuly 6 BC Place Sounders FC at Vancouver Whitecaps FCAugust 3 JELD-WEN Field Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FCAugust 25 CenturyLink Field Sounders FC vs. Portland TimbersOctober 6 BC Place Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portland TimbersOctober 9 CenturyLink Field Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FCOctober 13 JELD-WEN Field Sounders FC at Portland Timbers
Sea of Rave GreenWith seating expanded to include the entire stadium, Saturday's match is sure to be another memorable meeting between Seattle and Vancouver. On June 20, 1983, a record crowd of 60,342 packed BC Place for the first sporting event, Vancouver's 2-1 victory over Seattle. Nearly 20 years later, on July 28, 2002, the first event at Qwest Field drew a USL-1 record 25,515 for the Sounders' 4-1 win over the Caps. Last August, a crowd of 55,718 packed CenturyLink Field for Seattle's 2-0 win.
Four of the top attendances for soccer games in Seattle were last season, including regular-season meetings against the LA Galaxy, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers. The largest attendance for a MLS match in Seattle was 66,452 last October against Portland and the largest attendance for a soccer game in the Pacific Northwest was 67,052 in the 2011 friendly versus Manchester United.
International BreakWith more than 40 MLS players on international duty, Saturday's Cascadia Cup match is one of just five league matches in Week 16. The Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew kick things off with a Wednesday match. New England-DC United, Chicago-Portland and Salt Lake-Los Angeles also play games this week. Seattle's Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans are two of 11 MLS players called into U.S. National Team camp for the upcoming qualifiers, and Mario Martinez joins four other MLSers on the Honduras roster.
Vancouver Series NotesSounders FC is unbeaten against Vancouver in MLS play at 2-0-3, scoring multiple goals in four of the five meetings while holding two shutouts. Eight of Seattle's nine goals in the series have been scored in the final 45 minutes, with four goals scored in the final quarter hour. Brad Evans and Mauro Rosales lead all players with two assists in the five all-time meetings. In the previous meeting at CenturyLink Field, Sounders FC won 2-nil in front of a crowd of 55,718.
About VancouverMartin Rennie's club is seventh in the Western Conference, just two points behind Seattle and 12 points shy of Dallas for first place. While Vancouver is unbeaten (3-0-3) at home, the 'Caps have struggled on the road, going 1-4-1 with a minus-5 goal differential. Overall, Vancouver is 4-26-10 in 40 all-time road games. The Whitecaps have not lost in their last three outings (2-0-1), including wins over the LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls.
Whitecaps FC NotablesVancouver's attack is powered by forwards Kenny Miller and Camilo, who lead the club with three goals apiece. Miller, a Scottish international who joined Whitecaps FC last season, has appeared in just four matches in 2013 and is second in MLS with 0.89 goals per 90 minutes. Camilo, in his third MLS season, has three goals, including a goal and an assist in a 2-2 draw versus Portland on May 18. He leads all active Vancouver players with two goals against Sounders FC and has 20 goals and 11 assists in 71 career MLS games. Striker Darren Mattocks has two goals and an assist in six starts this season after posting seven goals in 15 starts as a rookie in 2012.
Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, who joined Vancouver in the offseason after a standout career in England, has started 10 of 11 games and registered an assist in a 3-1 win at Los Angeles on May 11. Defender Lee-Young Pyo, who made 33 appearances in his first MLS season in 2012, has played in all 12 games this season and had an assist in the season opener against Toronto FC.
'Caps ConnectionsVancouver keeper Joe Cannon is from nearby Sun Valley, Idaho. Two Vancouver players attended Steve Zakuani's alma mater Akron. Zakuani played with Michael Nanchoff for two seasons and barely missed playing with Darren Mattocks, who won the College Cup as a freshman in 2010. Additionally, Sounders FC broadcast analyst Alan Hinton has been on both sides of the Seattle-Vancouver rivalry, both in the NASL and A-League days. In 1978 during his final season as a player (and his first year as an assistant coach), Hinton established a league record with 30 assists and scored his penultimate goal in a win over Seattle. In 1980, Hinton became head coach of the Sounders, leading them to a NASL-record 25 wins that season, the Trans-Atlantic Cup title in 1981 and a Soccer Bowl appearance in 1982. Two years later Hinton took over as head coach in Vancouver and his Whitecaps played the first game against FC Seattle.