Whitecaps can eliminate Seattle from MLS tournament with a win tonight

Jul 19 2020, 7:48 pm

They’ve only played once in Orlando so far, but tonight’s match is already a virtual must-win for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The heat will be on both teams tonight when the Whitecaps take on their Cascadia rival Seattle Sounders at 7:30 pm PT on TSN.

The Whitecaps currently sit at the bottom of Group B, but have a game in hand on both Seattle and San Jose. Depending on the result of tonight’s Chicago-San Jose match, securing three points could vault the Whitecaps into second place.

The top two teams from each group, along with the four best third-place teams, will advance to the Round of 16.

A Whitecaps win would also send Seattle home — which would make the trip to Florida worth it on its own. It won’t, however, affect the Cascadia Cup.

A loss would end the Whitecaps’ chances of advancing if it were to be coupled with a win by Chicago.

Life moves fast at the MLS is Back tournament.

Seattle has had trouble scoring goals through their first two matches, drawing San Jose 0-0 and losing to Chicago 2-1. The Whitecaps have had just the opposite problem, conceding four goals and giving up a ton of shots against in their first match.

It goes without saying the Whitecaps will need to keep more possession and limit scoring chances tonight. They held just 32.3% of possession and gave up an MLS-record 22 corners on Wednesday.

The good news is the Whitecaps found a way to score three times in their opening match, which included a great goal from Ali Adnan, an own goal following a run by Yordy Reyna, and a goal from Cristian Dajome after a San Jose turnover.

If you’re looking for a place to watch tonight’s match, there are more than 80 pubs carrying the game, as you can see from the map below.

Despite fans not being in attendance for the match, there are 50/50 tickets to be had.

The Whitecaps are running their 50/50 program online on each match days during the tournament, with tickets going on sale beginning at 6 am. Proceeds will benefit Covenant House Vancouver and its ongoing work to improve the lives of Vancouver’s homeless and at-risk youth.

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