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MLS: Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps | 15 June, 10:30 AM (PST)


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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

SEATTLE SOUNDERS: 

GK | Stefan Frei 

CB | Xavier Arreaga 

CB | Yeimar Gomez Andrade 

FB | Alex Roldan 

FB | Nouhou 

MF | Joao Paulo 

MF | Nico Lodeiro 

MF | Cristian Roldan 

MF | Albert Rusnak 

LW | Jordan Morris 

F | Raul Ruidiaz 

 

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS: 

GK | Thomas Hasal 

CB | Ranko Veselinovic 

CB | Tristan Blackmon 

FB | Ryan Raposo 

FB | Cristian Dájome 

MF | Sebastian Berhalter 

MF | Russell Teibert 

MF | Leonard Owusu 

MF | Michael Baldisimo 

LW | Deiber Caicedo 

F | Brian White 

 

 

For the first time in the 2022 Major League Soccer season, two Pacific Northwest rivals will go head to head to battle it out on the pitch at Lumen Field this coming Wednesday. The Seattle Sounders will be hosting this match on their home field against the Vancouver Whitecaps for the Cascadia Cup’s second installment this year, with both teams nearing the playoffs by one and two points right behind the Orange Crush El Naranja.   

 

The Seattle Sounders are one point behind Vancouver Whitecaps, and when we take a look at the season so far, the team has only been able to collect 16 points so far after their 12 matches in league play. Moreso, they have already conceded 16 goals thus far, half of 33 from their regular season in 2021. Compared to their previous season's performance, they have had the worst start to the season since 2018. But with many more games to go and four matches on the home field this month, the Sounders have a lot to look forward to in order to regain control of the Western Conference. Looking at the bright side, in the last two victories after their losses in the first four games, the Sounders were able to make much-needed shifts in their playstyle to take control of the game, leading to the eventual winning goal from Raul Ruidiaz. Players to look out for are Jordan Morris and Ruidiaz who are both tied for the lead in goals scored for the Sounders.  

 

On the side of the Vancouver Whitecaps, they have won three out of their last four Major League Soccer matches. With the current streak of points, it is looking like they will be contending for another playoff spot this year.  However, it has not been all sunshine and clear skies for the Whitecaps as the team has been struggling with their offense in the midfield, causing major pressure on their defense which has led the Blue-and-White to concede 24 goals this year. Seemingly, they are losing the form and momentum that they had earlier on in the season.  

 

That being said, due to the Whitecaps not having won consecutive regular-season road and away games, it is looking like the Sounders are slowly regaining their momentum after a horrible start and have the odds of this match.  

 

10:30 AM (PST), Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington. 

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