Just four days after the Vancouver Whitecaps celebrated -- a little too much to their opponent's liking -- a 3-0 win over the Seattle Sounders, they meet again, this time at Vancouver's B.C. Place.
The Cascadia rivalry moves from MLS to the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League in which the 'Caps are making their debut. Seattle Sounders in the
group stage 2011-12:
12 wins, 11 losses, 3 ties
Saturday's loss was the seventh in the last eight
games and fourth in a row by shutout for the Sounders, and goalkeeper Stefan Frei
did not take kindly to how much the 'Caps were celebrating and hoped his
teammates would use that as motivation to
“To me, if you take a team picture like you just won a trophy on your enemy’s field, I take that personally,” he said after
Saturday's game. “Or if someone comes up to me and tells me I had a good game and laughs in my face, I take that personally, yeah. We are in a slump and you need to take those things to heart
and those things can help us get out of a slump.” Vancouver Whitecaps in the CCL:
From the Vancouver point
of view, the reaction of Frei and Sounders coach Sigi Schmid
, who said the Sounders needed to get pay-back, was over the top.
wouldn’t take it as an insult if I was them," midfielder Russell Teibert
told Vancouver reporters. "We tip our hats off to them, because they’re a
Both teams should make lineup changes, which may take some of the tension out of the rematch. Schmid is expected to make wholesale changes. One move is dictated by
injury: Osvaldo Alonso
is sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Teibert is one of several young Canadians who might get a chance along with
, Kianz Froese
and Marco Bustos
in what will be a major test of
Vancouver's depth as it looks to contend for the Western Conference regular-season title as it also competes in the CCL for the first time.