MLS Countdown: Seattle and Vancouver dig early holes

It would be too early to call Saturday's Seattle-Vancouver match a must-win game for both teams. After all, their Cascadia rival Portland went winless in its first four games a year ago and won MLS Cup. But 0-2 starts are certainly worrying for both teams that began the season with heavy expectations and have suffered a rash of injuries.

WEEK 3:
Friday, March 18
7 pm ET:
New York City vs. Orlando City, UniMas
Saturday, March 19
5 pm ET:
Chicago vs. Columbus
7 pm ET:
NY Red Bulls vs. Houston
9 pm ET:
FC Dallas vs. Montreal
10 pm ET:
Seattle vs. Vancouver
10:30 pm ET:
LA Galaxy vs. San Jose
Portland vs. Real Salt Lake
Sunday, March 20
2:30 pm ET:
Philadelphia vs. New England
5 pm ET:
D.C. United vs. Colorado ESPN, ESPN Deportes
7 pm ET:
Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC FS1, Fox Deportes

Injuries have been a concern to both teams. Seattle was without Erik Friberg and Tyrone Mears for their season opener, lost Brad Evans with a shoulder injury suffered in the 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City, and goalkeeper Stefan Frei was a scratch for the second game against Real Salt Lake with an elbow injury.

The toll mounted in the 2-1 loss to RSL as Friberg returned for the Sounders' first game on the road but then exited in the 14th minute with a MCL strain in his right knee, and forwards Nelson Valdez (thigh injury) and Jordan Morris (head collision) both left the game late in the second half. Frei, Valdez and Morris should be back for the match against the Caps.

The 'Caps' injury list isn't as long but they have been without Russell Teibert (out since preseason with a calf injury) and Christian Dean (our 3-4 months with a foot injury). Adding to Vancouver's worries, Kekuta Manneh suffered an ankle injury in practice on Wednesday and could miss Saturday's game.

MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
6 Montreal 2-0-0 6/2
4 Toronto FC 1-0-1 4/2
4 New York City 1-0-1 6/5
3 Philadelphia 1-1-0 3/3
2 Orlando City 0-1-1 3/3
2 New England 0-0-2 3/3
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1 Chicago 0-1-1 4/5
1 D.C. United 0-1-1 1/4
0 Columbus 0-2-0 2/4
0 NY Red Bulls 0-2-0 0/5

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
6 San Jose 2-0-0 3/1
6 Sporting KC 2-0-0 3/1
4 Real Salt Lake 1-0-1 5/4
4 Houston 1-0-1 8/3
3 LA Galaxy 1-1-0 4/2
3 Portland 1-1-0 3/3
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3 Colorado 1-1-0 1/1
3 FC Dallas 1-1-0 2/5
0 Vancouver 0-2-0 3/5
0 Seattle 0-2-0 1/3

WEEK 4:
Saturday, March 26
3 pm ET:
New York City vs. New England
5:30 pm ET:
D.C. United vs. FC Dallas
10 pm ET:
Vancouver vs. Houston

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