Seattle Sounders at Vancouver Whitecaps

The Seattle Sounders don’t win at BC Place.

Obafemi Martins is out with an undisclosed ailment, serious enough to require X-Rays.

The Sounders’s vaunted defense finally fell apart at Columbus.

Lots of doom and gloom going into this weekend’s Cascadia Clash between Seattle and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Bold Prediction: Let’s be real: Vancouver really wants this. They hate us and we really don’t care (and that makes them hate us more). They are top of the West and want to show the league their mettle against the bully of Cascadia. And they are exactly the type of team that unlocks us: a quick-countering, technical club with width.

I have no real reason to be so optimistic here, but I see a 2-2 draw. Can the ‘Caps socre two against us. Hell yeah. They pepper their opponents at home, with 11 of their 14 goals at B.C. Place. Can we score two against the ‘Caps, without Oba? Vancouver has given up only 9 goals, same as us, but in two more games. I am not afraid of their centerbacks,┬áPa-Modou Kah, anyone?, but Ousted is a rock in goal. He may even be supplanting Rimando as the one MLS goalie who regularly makes me shake my head. This prediction is based on the old cliche that rivalry games and emotions distort numbers (we are working with small sample sizes anyway). I am going with it.

 

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