Sounders Insider

Saturday comes: Sounders-Whitecaps at 7:30

VancouverHere's our preview story from today's News Tribune, and with some basics below:

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (4-4-4; 16 POINTS)AT SOUNDERS FC (5-4-3; 18 POINTS)7:30 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: NBCSN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead the MLS series 2-0-3. Seattle is 62-46-21 against Vancouver through all leagues and competitions since their first NASL match in 1974. NOTES: More than 51,000 tickets have been sold. Tickets remain available, as the entire stadium will be open. Seattle is 6-0-2 in MLS games drawing more than 40,000, with a plus-14 goal differential. … This is the second Cascadia Cup match for each team. Both are 0-0-1 in the six-game competition after home draws with Portland. … The game will be played on a temporary grass pitch brought in for the USA-Panama World Cup qualifying match Tuesday. … Seattle is 4-1 over its last five league games and has the best record in MLS over the last seven (5-1-1). The Sounders have a four-game unbeaten streak at home, and have scored four goals in each of their last two home matches. The Whitecaps are 1-4-1 on the road. … Vancouver is led by forwards Kenny Miller and Camilo, with three goals each. … The Sounders will be without Shalrie Joseph due to suspension, Osvaldo Alonso and Steve Zakuani due to injury, and Brad Evans, Eddie Johnson and Mario Martinez due to national team duty. … The newly remodeled Pro Shop at CenturyLink Field will be open. … Former Sounders play-by-play man Arlo White will be calling his final MLS game for NBCSN before taking over the network’s play-by-play duties for the English Premier League. … The assigned referee is Hilario Grajeda.QUOTABLE: “Last year we felt a little bit hard done in the Cascadia Cup by having to play four away and two at home. This is the year we get to play four at home and two away, so we have to make that part of the thing stand up, and we want to bring the Cascadia Cup to our fans.” – Sounders coach Sigi SchmidNEXT: The Sounders visit Real Salt Lake on June 22.