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Game day comes: Sounders-Whitecaps at 7

WhitecapsSounders and Whitecaps continue their rivalry tonight with a game that will decide the Cascadia Cup and that will play a crucial role in the Sounders in Supporters Shield and the Whitecaps' playoff hopes. Here's our preview story.

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VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (10-8-13; 43 POINTS) AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (19-9-3; 60 POINTS)7 p.m. Friday, CenturyLink FieldTV: NBCSN. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: The series is even in MLS play: 3-3-4. The Sounders lead 2-1-1 in Seattle. The Whitecaps went 1-0-1 in the previous meetings this season, both in Vancouver.NOTES: Seattle will take the 2014 Cascadia Cup with a win or a draw. A Whitecaps victory keeps the cup in Vancouver. … A Sounders win also would match the franchise-record 63 points set in 2011. Seattle also would establish a record for most wins in MLS since the league abandoned shootouts in 2000. … Seattle is tied with Los Angeles for the top of the MLS points race. Vancouver is two points behind Portland for the fifth and final playoff position in the Western Conference. … Both teams are 3-2 over their last five matches. … Obafemi Martins leads Seattle with 17 goals and 10 assists. Pedro Morales leads Vancouver with 10 goals and 10 assists. … Seattle’s Clint Dempsey has recorded a goal or an assist over eight straight matches. … Vancouver forward Sabastian Fernandez, the reigning MLS player of the week, is out due to yellow-car accumulation. Seattle’s Brad Evans is one card away from accumulation suspension. … Seattle right back DeAndre Yedlin and forward Sean Okoli are unavailable due to international duty, as are Vancouver’s Carlyle Mitchel and Darren Mattocks and Christian Dean. … This will mark Vancouver midfielder Mauro Rosales’ first visit to CenturyLink Field since he was traded from Seattle to Chivas USA before the 2014 season. … Seattle is 11-3-1 at home. The Whitecaps are 2-5-8 on the road. … CenturyLink Field will be open to its full capacity. More than 54,000 tickets were reported sold as of Thursday. The Sounders are 11-0-3 all-time when playing MLS games before a home crowd of over 40,000. … There will be Sounders 40-year anniversary alumni match at 4 p.m. Fans wishing to attend can enter the stadium at the northwest gate. … The referee is Jair Marrufo.QUOTE: “Mauro Rosales is pretty much rejuvenated having gone there from Chivas. He’s playing with really good pop in his step. He’s playing really well. (Midfielder Pedro) Morales is obviously a difficult player. They play a 4-2-3-1, so they’ve got guys who can set it up. They’ve got speed. With (Sebastian) Fernandez being out with yellow cards, they’re either going to come with (Nicholas) Mezquida or they’re going to come with (Kekuta) Manneh’s speed. And Manneh had a good game against us last year, so we’ve got to be sure we contain him.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the WhitecapsNEXT: The Sounders play their final road game of the regular season at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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