Big game in North Cascadia today! The Seattle Sounders clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps in a game dripping with consequence.
Seattle and their Cascadian rivals have really been slugging it out this year. In addition to all three clubs being playoff contenders in a wild Western Conference, extracurricular competitions have added even more intensity and emotion to the Cascadia Cup.
Everyone involved in American soccer banks on Cascadia. US Open Cup officials set Portland-Seattle as the only all-MLS matchup in the 4th round. CONCACAF Champions League officials put the ‘Caps and Sounders in the same group. It was the first time two Cascadian teams qualified for the CCL and CONCACAF didn’t miss their chance.
The games are wild, well-played passion plays. Though MLS keeps adding Eastern-based teams (Houston in the West??) and even wants NYC wants to host some stupid game every year, it is clear that the bets soccer is played in the West. And the best Western soccer is played in the Cascades.
Today’s game will settle who is the best of the best. What could happen today:
Sounders win. Seattle wins the Cascadia Cup for the first time since 2011 and guarantees 2015 silverware. Seattle jumps back to 4th place in the West at a solid 1.5 ppg, Sigi’s magic number. All is good in the Soundersphere.
Sounders draw. We still win the Cascadia cup. However. The day could end with us tied, once again, for 6th place in the West, tenuously holding on to a playoff berth.
Sounders Lose. Holy crap. We lose the Cup, again. And at the end of the day we could be out of the playoffs for the first time all season. Panic buttons shattered.
Bold Prediction: Midweek, Vancouver had a game against CD Olimpia. They rested many starters while still getting a result. Mauro, Ousted and Morales all got a much needed break and time to freshen up. Seattle just got horrible injury news.
Vancouver is one of our bugaboo teams, but with a potential starting 11 of: Frei, Fisher, Evans, Marshall, Mears, Ivanschitz. Friberg, Ozzie, Valdez, Oba and Clint, I like our chances. Maybe it’s just homerism, but 2-1 Seattle.