The Seattle Sounders look to reestablish their winning ways this weekend in a Cascadian Clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps. At stake is the early pole position for the Cascadia Cup.
I’ve discussed this before, but Seattle has been the class of Cascadia in the MLS eras and only has 1 Cascadia Cup to show for it. Sure, it isn’t the most important Cup and winning the Portland series always feels more important than the entire Cascadia Cup, but… winning breeds winnings and the Sounders are still #hellagreedy.
Losing the Cup to Vancouver at home last year was a major disappointment. In that charmed season, the Sounders seemed capable of taking any silverware they wanted (the US Open Cup, the Supporters’ Shield). We were in prime position to claim the crown of Cascadia at home, but stumbled. That 1-nil loss at home to the ‘Caps was the first sign of failure from the 2014 Sounders and foreshadowed the losing to L.A. in the Western Conference Finals.
So this weekend the Sounders have a chance to redeem themselves. Which is really what 2015 is all about: closing the deal. A win this weekend will put Seattle in a mighty pretty position in the Cascadia standings.
Here is how the table sits now:
Let’s say playing in the same time zone complements our boys and they steal three points on the road at BC Place. We’d then have 6 points in 2 games, Vancouver would be at 4 in 3, and lowly Portland at 1 in 3. We’d have a healthy lead and a game in hand on both rivals.
I know I am getting a little ahead of myself here. It is still so early in the season that results don’t seem to matter too much. Plus playing the last game of a tough road trip, ww should be happy just grabbing that lone point away. Also, haven’t fared that well against Vancouver in the MLS era, and that was before they were leading the league.
Seattle is 3-4-4 against the ‘Caps, picking up only 13 of a possible 33 points. Sheesh. Seattle is a team known for offensive fireworks, but the Caps regularly skunk us (4 so far). Only in Vancouver’s inaugural season (when they finished bottom of the Western table) did they fail to record a shutout against us. So maybe grabbing three points north of the border is a little ambitious. That’s okay, I am feeling imperialist.