Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps - Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- Seattle have one last chance to earn a spot in the next round of MLS Is Back
- The Whitecaps’ defense could potentially be a noteworthy liability
- Jordan Morris will be an indispensable cog in Seattle’s attack
|What||Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Bay Lake, Florida)|
|When||Sunday, July 19th at 10:30 PM ET|
|How to watch||FS1, FOX Deportes, TUDN|
A little over a week since the MLS Is Back tournament has started, both the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps find themselves at the bottom of Group B.
For the Whitecaps, this perhaps isn’t much of a surprise. Vancouver are far from being the favorites in this competition, and in their opener against the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday, they proved to shoot themselves in the foot after dropping a 3-1 lead that eventually finished 4-3 in favor of the Earthquakes. They’re also currently missing a number of key players for the tournament.
Things are a bit more perplexing with the Sounders. In theory, they’re one of the title-contenders in the current competition. And yet, they only have one point from their first two matches. Seattle failed to break down the Earthquakes in their 0-0 debut, and on Tuesday, they were held to just one shot on target in the 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire.
Now the Cascadia Cup rivals will be desperate for a win. The Sounders must claim a victory if they hope to have a chance to earn a place in the next round. And as for the Whitecaps, their squad would love nothing more than to halt those ambitions.
Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps Odds
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The Sounders won’t go through the group stage without a win, right? As one of the tournament favorites, it would be near astounding if they didn’t clinch one victory, especially in a group that includes one of their rivals.
Is This Finally Seattle’s Time?
The odds are in their favor, they have yet to secure a win and man-for-man, they are superior to the Whitecaps.
Seattle has no excuses here. In what is essentially a do-or-die situation in their path towards the knockout round, it is imperative that they clinch three points. Manager Brian Schmetzer is no stranger to high-stakes matches, and considering their track record of success in recent seasons — and as the current MLS champions — Seattle will be expected to finally flex their muscles in their final match of the group stage.
We may even see a high-scoring and one-sided result, depending on how Vancouver’s defense responds…
Who Will Step Up From Vancouver’s Backline?
Here are some eye-catching stats from Vancouver’s recent loss to the Earthquakes: A whopping total of 30 shots were allowed, 22 corner kicks for the opposition were given and only 32% possession was maintained. Although it was a close scoreline, the Whitecaps’ defense was bullied throughout the match.
If starters like Jasser Khmiri and Jakob Nerwinski perform just as poorly as they did against the Earthquakes, the Sounders will have no problems with finding the back of the net at least a few times.
The Whitecaps must be more composed and aggressive defensively. If not, Seattle could waltz to an easy three points.
Keep An Eye On Seattle’s Jordan Morris
Seattle’s Jordan Morris appears due for a Man Of The Match-like performance. After shuffling through a couple of fairly average games in the MLS Is Back tournament, one of the Sounders’ most important figures appears ready to step up for his squad.
To have any chance of going through we’ve got to win,” said the 25-year-old American earlier this week. “That’s our mentality for the next game is doing everything we can.
With 13 goals and seven assists in all competitions last season, Morris will undeniably be a key figure for the Sounders this weekend. With plenty of pace and power behind his runs, Morris will likely be a headache for the Whitecaps’ backline. Morris appears motivated after his latest comments, and considering how much the Sounders need to win, he will easily be one of the top players to keep an eye on.
This should be a straightforward win for the Sounders. Seattle has the roster depth and experience to get the job done and clinch a spot in the knockout round. Pick them for the win.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast.