CCL: Sounders motivated for pay-back against 'Caps

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 CCL:
2010-11: group stage
2011-12: quarterfinals
2012-13: semifinals
Record: 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:
First appearance.

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.

“I 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 great team.”

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 Sam Adekugbe, 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.
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