by Charles Therrell (DISK DOKTOR)
Greetings to my brothers and sisters in Green. Our close personal friends, Vancouver Whitecaps, have come down from the British Columbia for a Saturday afternoon matinee Cascadia Derby showdown at Royal Brougham Park.
Great shakes these past few weeks as we start stepping up the quality control on our football. Ruidiaz figures to make his debut in the city that will grow to love him. We’ve results from our last three matches, our best form of the season. A crack of daylight has shined in through the door.
Thanks to the largesse of a proper mate, I’ll be at the match on Sat. I will raise my voice to the sky, and I will expect you to do so as well. We know our role: Support the team with maximum heart and voice. I know I can count on you lot, as I will press my voice to the very limit to support the side. Be sharp, eyes bright, voices loud, whether ye be at the pub, a mate’s house or flat, or the ground. Gather the Green Family where ye may.
Join me before kick-off in the auld toast: TO THE SEATTLE SOUNDERS FOOTBALL CLUB…AND VICTORY!!!
The Good News
Results in the last three matches, a win and two draws against fierce opposition. Good news.
We’ve got nearly the entire side healthy and together for the first time in months. The Gaffer can select his best side today, and we’ll all be the better for it.
The all-time series in the league between the Sounders and Vancouver favours us with an 8-5-7 record.
Vancouver has managed only three wins on the road this season in 10 attempts.
We have only lost once in nine matches all-time at home with Vancouver as the visitor.
Vancouver are bleeding two goals conceded per match.
Ruidiaz (should he finally make his debut as expected) and Lodeiro in the team together should create all sorts of trouble for the ‘Caps defence.
The Bad News
Vancouver are nine points and five places better in the league table.
Vancouver are the more likely side to score two goals as predicted by average goals scored.
McCrary was sent off with two bookings in Atlanta and will face a one-match ban today. Alonso and Delem are one booking away from suspension.
The fact that the rest of the league knows we need points so badly to attempt an MLS Cup run means that our visiting opponents will all likely play with ten men behind the football, limiting space and opportunity. We’re going to have to take results from our competitors, and it won’t be in any way easy.
Know Thine Enemy
(Vancouver as they lined up in the First Leg of the Canadian Championship on 18 July)
Stefan Marinovic, 26, is a New Zealand international produced by Waitakere United. Marinovic began his professional career in 2009 with SV Wehen Wiesbaden II (the club’s reserve team) playing 36 times for them. During his three seasons in Wiesbaden, he would only make two appearances in the first team. It wasn’t until 2014 that Marinovic found first-team football at SpVgg Unterhaching (3. Liga and Regionalliga) where he would appear in 70 matches over three seasons. In 2017, Marinovic moved to Vancouver where he has since played 15 times over two seasons. Marinovic has 24 caps for New Zealand.
Brett Levis, 25 is a Canadian national produced by Saskatoon United and Saskatchewan (U SPORTS). Levis began his career at Victoria Highlanders of the PDL (14 matches/9 goals) in 2013. Levis signed with Vancouver in 2014 playing first with the Whitecaps U-23s (12/2) and later in the Whitecaps reserves (Whitecaps FC 2) (49/8) beginning in 2015. In his three seasons in Vancouver, Levis has played in five matches, four of those during the 2018 season.
Aaron Maund, 27, is a domestic footballer produced by FC Greater Boston and Notre Dame (NCAA). Maund began his career at Indiana Invaders of the PDL in 2011. In 2012, Maund signed with Toronto FC and played 15 matches. 2013 would see Maund move to Salt Lake where he would play 64 matches scoring two goals over five seasons. In 2017, Maund moved to BC Place where he has since played six matches over two seasons. Maund’s MLS career totals are 85 matches and two goals over seven seasons. Maund earned youth caps for both United States and Trinidad & Tobago.
Aly Ghazal, 26, is an Egyptian international produced by El Sekka El Hadid and Wadi Degla. Ghazal began his career in 2013 at Nacional of the Portuguese league where he appeared 107 times scoring one goal. In 2017, after a brief and unfruitful stopover in China, Ghazal signed with Vancouver. Ghazal has played 17 times for the Whitecaps over two seasons. Ghazal has five caps for Egypt.
Jakob Nerwinski, 23, is a domestic footballer produced by NJSA 04 and Connecticut (NCAA). In 2017, Nerwinski was drafted (seventh pick overall) by Vancouver, signing with them in February of that year. Nerwinski has played 32 times for the Whitecaps over two seasons.
Brek Shea, 28, is a United States international produced by Texans SC and the IMG Academy. Shea began his career in 2008 at FC Dallas where he played 98 times scoring 19 goals over five seasons. In 2013 Stoke City paid £2.5M for Shea’s services. Shea would only appear three times in the Stoke first team with injuries a grave factor. Loans to Barnsley (8/0) and Birmingham City (6/0) produced little better. 2015 saw Shea sign with Orlando City for a return to MLS (46/3). 2017 saw Shea join Vancouver Whitecaps on a swap deal for Giles Barnes. Since joining the BC outfit, Shea has played 43 matches scoring seven goals. Shea’s MLS totals are 187 matches scoring 29 goals over nine seasons. Shea has 34 caps and four goals for United States.
David Norman, 20, is a Canadian national produced by Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency, 1. FSV Mainz 05 of Germany, and Oregon State (NCAA). Beginning his career in 2017 with The Whitecaps reserves (Whitecaps FC 2) playing 26 matches and scoring one goal, Norman has yet to play first-team football for Vancouver in the league.
Russell Teibert, 25, is a Canadian international produced by the Toronto FC Academy. Starting in 2008 with 26 matches and three goals for Whitecaps Residency, Teibert would join the Vancouver first team in 2010 and has since played 124 times scoring two goals over eight seasons. Teibert has 20 caps and one goal for Canada.
Cristian Techera, 26, is an Uruguayan national produced by Penarol and River Plate Montevideo. Starting his pro career in 2010 with River Plate Montevideo, Techera played 74 matches scoring 18 goals over six seasons. In 2015 Techera was loaned to the Whitecaps with his contract made permanent the next year. Techera has played 92 matches for Vancouver since his loan signing scoring 21 goals over four seasons.
Nicolas Mezquida, 26, is an Uruguayan national produced by Penarol. Starting his career with Penarol in 2008, Mezquida struggled to find first-team opportunities (3/1) and saw him lent to Brann and Lillestrom. In 2012 he would move to Fenix in Uruguay (14/1) and then lent to Rampla Juniors (24/7). A move to Boston River (Uruguay) in 2013 produced no first-team appearances. In 2014, Mezquida signed with Vancouver and has since played 90 times scoring 10 goals over five seasons for the Whitecaps.
Anthony Blondell, 24, is a Venezuelan international footballer. Beginning his career at Yaracuyanos in 2012, Blondell scored five goals in 40 appearances over two seasons. A move to Zamora in 2014 produced 32 matches and five goals. A 2017 move to Monagas saw Blondell play 39 times scoring 24 goals. In 2018, Blondell signed with Vancouver with FC Dallas receiving $50K in general allocation money for his rights. Since his move to Vancouver, Blondell has played 15 times scoring one goal. Blondell has one cap for Venezuela.
Not a one.
General notes on personnel
Courtesy of the MLS Shuffle:
Notable Vancouver players in –
Kei Kamara (Sierra Leone) (from New England/Swap for 2019 1st round and conditional 2020 2nd round draft picks)
Brian Rowe (from LA Galaxy/Swap for 2018 2nd round draft pick)
Jordon Mutch (ENG) (on loan from Crystal Palace)
Jose Aja (URU) (from Orlando City/Swap for $125K TAM and future considerations)
Felipe (BRA) (from NYRB/Swap $500K allocation money, one International Roster Spot, and Tim Parker)
Notable Vancouver players out –
Christian Bolanos (CRC) (option declined)
David Ousted (DEN) (option declined)
Mauro Rosales (ARG) (option declined)
Fredy Montero (COL) (loan ended, returned to Tianjin TEDA)
Tony Tchani (CMR) (to Chicago Fire for $150K TAM)
Comparison against common opponents
SEA 0:1 MTL / VAN 2:1 MTL
ATL 1:1 SEA / ATL 4:1 VAN
SEA 0:0 CLB / CLB 1:2 VAN
SEA 0:1 RSL – RSL 2:0 SEA / RSL 2:1 VAN – VAN 2:0 RSL
SEA 0:1 LAFC – LAFC 1:0 SEA / VAN 0:2 LAFC
SKC 2:2 SEA / SKC 6:0 VAN
SEA 3:1 MIN / MIN 1:0 VAN
DAL 3:0 SEA / DAL 2:2 VAN
NE 0:0 SEA / VAN 3:3 NE
COL 1:2 SEA / COL 1:2 VAN – VAN 0:1 COL
SEA 1:1 CHI / VAN 3:2 CHI
SEA 2:1 DCU / DCU 3:1 VAN
Sounders FC from: Frei, Meredith, Brown, Lubin, Alfaro, Francis, Kim, Leerdam, Marshall, Nouhou Tolo, Alonso, Delem, Wolff Eikrem, Lodeiro, Neagle, Rodriguez, Alex Roldan, Cristian Roldan, Shipp, Svensson, Wingo, Bruin, Chenkam, Dempsey, Ruidiaz.
Vancouver from: Marinovic, Melvin, Rowe, Aja, Baldisimo, de Jong, Franklin, Henry, Levis, Maund, Nerwinski, Shea, Bustos, Colyn, Davies, Ghazal, Hurtado, Ibini, Juarez, Martins, Mezquida, Mutch, Norman, Reyna, Techera, Teibert, Bair, Bevan, Blondell, Kamara.
Sounders FC –
OUT: Morris (ACL), Bwana (foot).
MATCHDAY DECISION: Torres (ankle).
MATCHDAY DECISION: Waston (groin).
Sounders FC: McCrary (Sent Off for second booking last week at Atlanta United).
Vancouver: none suspended.
Seattle midfielders Alonso and Delem face a one-match ban with next booking.
Centre-half Sam Rogers and goalkeeper Trey Muse were called up for a United States U-20 camp by USA U-20 manager Tab Ramos. Rogers and Muse are both Sounders FC Academy alums. Rogers currently is under contract to the Sounders FC reserves (S2). Muse is currently enrolled at Indiana University where he plays for their Men’s Football team. Well done, lads and good luck at camp! Hope you impress the gaffer, as he was one of the Kearney Boys playing for United States in the 1990 World Cup Finals and for Real Betis of La Liga in Spain. If Tab Ramos saw something in our lads, you can bet that they’re proper footballers. [sourced from a report by Joseph Mondello on soundersfc.com]