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Game-day comes: Sounders-Whitecaps at 7 PT

VancouverThe top of MLS, a playoff position and the Cascadia Cup are all on the line tonight when the Vancouver Whitecaps visit CenturyLink Field.

Here is our preview story from today's paper. And below, some of the basis:

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (11-11-9; 42 POINTS)AT SOUNDERS FC (15-9-6; 51 POINTS)7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 710 AM.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads the MLS series, 3-1-3, including a home win and a road loss this season. The Sounders lead 2-0-1 at home. In the rivalry dating to 1974 across all leagues and competitions, Seattle leads 63-47-21. NOTES: With a win, the Sounders would move to the top of Major League Soccer and clinch a playoff spot. With a win or draw, Seattle also would clinch the 2013 Cascadia Cup. … Even without a result, Seattle would clinch a playoff berth if San Jose does not win against Colorado. … Seattle has a club-record 14-game home unbeaten streak (10-0-4). The Whitecaps are 3-8-4 on the road. … Vancouver is coming off a 2-2 draw with Portland on Sunday, while Seattle’s last match was a 5-1 loss at Colorado. The Sounders followed their previous two losses with unbeaten streaks of four and seven games. … Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said designated player Clint Dempsey, forward Obafemi Martins and defender Djimi Traore are available. However, Seattle will be without leading goals-scorer Eddie Johnson and starting midfielder Brad Evans due to U.S. national team duty. Vancouver will be without defender Johnny Leveron (Honduras) and forward Darren Mattocks (Jamaica). … Seattle defender Zach Scott will serve the first of a two-game disciplinary suspension for card accumulation. … Defenders Leo Gonzalez and Djimi Traore are one caution away from suspension. … The referee is Juan Guzman. … Pink balls and other game items will be used as part of MLS’ breast cancer-awareness efforts. Pink fund-raising items also will be for sale.QUOTABLE: “(Winning the Cascadia Cup) is something that we’ve talked about already. And we’d rather do that at home for our fans.” -- SchmidNEXT: The Sounders visit Portland at 6 p.m. Sunday.