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Sounders seek return to first place against Whitecaps

Field Level Media
27 Oct 2020, 08:19 GMT+10

The Seattle Sounders will travel to Providence Park in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday, though they won't be facing the Timbers.

Instead, they'll try to regain first place in the Western Conference against the third member of the Cascadia Cup rivalry, the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Due to quarantine and travel restrictions from Canada, the Whitecaps have been forced to play their home matches south of the border.

The Whitecaps (8-12-0, 24 points) have won three of their past four to move into seventh place in the Western Conference. The top eight teams in the West make the playoffs.

Vancouver rallied from a halftime deficit on goals by Ali Adnan and Tosaint Ricketts for a 2-1 victory Saturday against visiting San Jose.

"The mindset, the belief, the mentality, the fighting to get in the top eight is always there," Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos. "We're going to push and try and have this team pushing to the end because we want to stay here. Although we miss our families, we want to stay here after the regular season to play in the playoffs."

The Sounders (9-4-5, 32 points) are coming off a 1-1 draw at home last Thursday against Portland, thanks to a goal in second-half stoppage time by Will Bruin. It was Bruin's first regular-season goal since returning from a torn ACL that cut his 2019 season short.

That kept the Sounders level with the Timbers atop the conference, although they've both been surpassed since then by Sporting Kansas City's victory this past weekend.

"It was good for Will, it's good for the team," coach Brian Schmetzer said. "Seattle Sounders never give up. That's one of the trademarks that makes us a championship team. Will embodies all of those things. He doesn't give up, he trains hard, he works hard. And for him to score for the team, to snatch a point at the end there, it's something you can actually build momentum on both individually for Will and for the squad."

This will be the third meeting between the Sounders and Whitecaps this season. Seattle won 3-0 at the MLS is Back Tournament in July and 3-1 on Oct. 3 at CenturyLink Field.

--Field Level Media

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