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Jun 27, 2021 at 2am UK at CenturyLink Field
SeattleSeattle Sounders
2-2
VancouverVancouver Whitecaps
Ruidiaz (40'), Medranda (71')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Dajome (49'), Cavallini (56')
Cavallini (22'), Alexandre (45+4'), Crepeau (89')

Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

The Seattle Sounders will renew their rivalry with the Vancouver Whitecaps at Lumen Field on Saturday as the MLS leaders look to remain the only undefeated team this season.

Seattle won their second straight match 2-1 on Wednesday thanks to a late penalty kick, while the Caps conceded another injury-time goal in their last fixtures, falling 2-1 to the LA Galaxy for their fifth successive defeat.


Match preview

Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer reacts on May 9, 2021© Reuters

It seems Seattle can do virtually no wrong thus far, notching seven wins and three draws in their opening 10 matches, holding a four-point cushion over Sporting Kansas City for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Brian Schmetzer and his team were dominant from the opening whistle against Real Salt Lake, getting to virtually every loose ball while limiting their opponents to only four shots total through 90 minutes.

As dominant as they have been, they have faced adversity, ending the month of May with two draws, including squandering a 1-0 lead to Atlanta United, while also being bailed out by a Raul Ruidiaz penalty versus Salt Lake after conceding a penalty only nine minutes before that.

Rarely do we see a team perform as good if not better without their starting keeper, along with their captain and their second-leading goalscorer from last season, but the 2021 Sounders have not missed a beat, despite missing those three key players.

Schmetzer has preached the importance of putting players in the best position to succeed, and so far, they have, with every player making their mark, even despite the injuries to keeper Stefan Frei, striker Jordan Morris and their skipper Nicolas Lodeiro.

Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos directs his team against the Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in September 2020© Reuters

While everything seems to be going right for Seattle, everything appears to be going wrong for Marc Dos Santos and his Vancouver Whitecaps.

By no means has his team been badly outplayed in any game this season, but the pressure of having to hang onto a match late in regulation seems to be overwhelming them.

In their last two games, the Caps had a point in their grasp before letting it slip away, conceding twice in injury time to lose 3-1 to Real Salt Lake and then giving up a goal in the 93rd minute to the LA Galaxy after finding an equaliser in the previous minute.

Five consecutive defeats matches, the worst losing streak for this team since 2019, which was the first season for Dos Santos as coach.

Given how bad things have become for the Caps, they might look at this match with the Sounders as a positive sign, and given that they lead the Cascadia Cup standings right now with their win against Portland, perhaps this is just the motivation they need to get their season back on track.

Seattle Sounders Major League Soccer form:
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  • D
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Vancouver Whitecaps Major League Soccer form:
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  • L
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  • L
  • L
  • L



Team News

Seattle Sounders players celebrate winning the Western Conference in December 2020© Reuters

Backup goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland will start his sixth consecutive match in relief of starter Stefan Frei, who is still recovering from a knee injury.

Midfielder and captain Nicolas Lodeiro is still recovering from knee surgery, Jordy Delem and Jordan Morris are both out with cruciate ligament ruptures, while Josh Atencio has a muscle injury.

Raul Ruidiaz scored his 50th career MLS goal for the Rave Green and his eighth of this campaign, which puts him in a tie for top scorer with Galaxy striker Chicharito.

Midfielder Kelyn Rowe made his 250th appearance for Seattle in their victory over Salt Lake, and midfielder Cristian Roldan needs just one goal to hit 25 for his career with the Sounders after scoring the opening goal versus Claret and Cobalt.

Whitecaps left-back Ali Adnan remains out of the lineup as the club tries to sort out his visa issues.

Midfielder Janio Bikel notched his first goal of the season in a losing effort versus the Galaxy, while their top scorer from 2020, Lucas Cavallini, is without a goal in his last eight matches.

Cristian Gutierrez has started the last two games on defence for the Caps in place of the injured Bruno Gaspar, who was taken off with five minutes to play in their 2-1 defeat to the Houston Dynamo.

Seattle Sounders possible starting lineup:
Cleveland; Gomez, O'Neill, Smith; Roldan, Rowe, Leyva, Dobbelaere; Montero, Bruin; Ruidiaz

Vancouver Whitecaps possible starting lineup:
Crepeau; Nerwinski, Godoy, Veselinovic, Gutierrez; Dajome, Bikel, Owusu, Teibert; Raposo, Cavallini


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We say: Seattle Sounders 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps

The Sounders have won the last three meetings against the Caps by a combined score of 6-1, having not lost a home fixture to Vancouver since 2016.

Seattle continuously find ways to win, and their top attacking threat is at the top of his game, while the Caps keep finding ways to lose, and their top attacker appears to have lost his scoring touch.



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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England17113333211236
2Orlando City168442621528
3Nashville SCNashville1669125151027
4New York City FCNY City1582530161426
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia176742117425
6Columbus Crew166641716124
7CF MontrealMontreal166462120122
8DC United166372118321
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls155372020018
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta162861621-514
11Toronto163582133-1214
12FC CincinnatiCincinnati153571729-1214
13Chicago Fire163491828-1013
14Inter MiamiInter Miami143381224-1212

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England17113333211236
2Orlando City168442621528
3Nashville SCNashville1669125151027
4New York City FCNY City1582530161426
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia176742117425
6Columbus Crew166641716124
7CF MontrealMontreal166462120122
8DC United166372118321
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls155372020018
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta162861621-514
11Toronto163582133-1214
12FC CincinnatiCincinnati153571729-1214
13Chicago Fire163491828-1013
14Inter MiamiInter Miami143381224-1212

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