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Postby xusuwen96 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:08 pm

VANCOUVER -- Jordan Harvey didnt quite know what to make of the Vancouver Whitecaps coming into the 2014 campaign. After a tumultuous off-season that included the teams head coach getting fired -- as well as its best player forcing his way out of town -- the defender wasnt alone. "I had a lot of questions," Harvey said this week. "It was a young team and everything, but we acquired some really quality players. We had that first game (a 4-1 home victory over the New York Red Bulls) and the expectations were huge, but we also saw how high we could reach and the bar was set. "I think we have the consistency, the depth to maintain that." Nearly a third of the way through the season, those characteristics will be put to the test on Saturday when the Whitecaps (4-2-4) host the top team in Major League Soccer at B.C. Place Stadium as the Seattle Sounders (8-3-1) travel north to face their bitter geographic rivals. Watch the game live on TSN2 and TSN GO at 7pm et/4pm pt. "Arguably theyre the best team in Major League Soccer at the moment. The league table doesnt lie," said Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson. "Its a good test for us to see where we are. Its a test that Im looking forward to as a coach, and I know my players certainly are. "Theyre a very a good team, but let me tell you, so are we." The Whitecaps enter Saturday with 16 points through 10 games, but just one of their four wins have come against Western Conference opponents -- a trend from last season that Vancouver will have to shake if it wants to return to the playoffs after missing out in 2013. "Its vitally important. Winning any game of football is good, but obviously every time you dont win against a Western team youre losing points and theyre gaining points," said Robinson. "Its very important and we need to make sure that we compete with the Western teams and beat the Western teams. Thats a big focus for us this year because we didnt do it enough last year." The Sounders have 25 points from their 12 games, but will be without midfielder Clint Dempsey, who is away with the U.S. national team as it prepares for the World Cup in Brazil. "Its a test for us because Seattle are where they are," said Robinson. "Weve had a very positive start. Weve still got a lot of work to do, a lot of improving to do, and well continue to do that, whatever the result on Saturday. Its just a marker for us to see where we are." The Sounders have won five of six and are coming off a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes last weekend, while the Whitecaps will have had 10 days off since bowing out of the Amway Canadian Championship semifinals to Toronto FC on May 14. "I think its going to be a game thats going to be a bit open," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told the clubs official website. "Theyre a team that likes to counter attack and get forward, so it might open up at certain times during the game." Theres no doubt the Whitecaps have turned heads around MLS ten games into the schedule after a tricky off-season. Robinson was promoted from an assistants role to replace former head coach Martin Rennie in December after a prolonged search, with the Welshman taking over just in time to watch star striker Camilo Sanvezzo refuse to honour the final year of his contract. Undaunted by that setback, Robinson brought in talented fresh faces, including Matias Laba and Pedro Morales and the roster has gelled quickly. "I think weve surprised a lot of people. I dont think weve surprised the dressing room, though," said Vancouver captain Jay DeMerit. "I think the manager has kept the squad that he wants here because he believes that we can be capable of the things weve been doing the first 10 games. "Its up to us to make sure we go beyond that." The veteran defender has been with the Whitecaps since the club joined MLS in 2011 and knows the importance of beating the top teams in the West -- something Vancouver did twice last season against Seattle. "It has to come from us," said DeMerit. "It has to come from the fact that we believe in it and we believe we can do it and do it consistently." While the Sounders will be without Dempsey on Saturday, the Whitecaps will have to be wary of Seattle striker Obafemi Martins, who has five goals and six assists. "Hes a top player. Hes a world-class footballer," said Robinson. "Hes someone who scores goals and thats why hes paid big money. Weve got to make sure we eliminate the service into him and eliminate him on the ball because hes a fantastic player." Apart from its importance in the standings, the game is also Vancouvers first of the season in the regional Cascadia Cup -- a mini-tournament played between the Whitecaps, Sounders and the Portland Timbers. The team with the most points in the games played amongst the three clubs at the end of the season takes the title, which Vancouver did in 2013. "Its like a playoff atmosphere," said Harvey. "You can feel the support, the energy from the fans and its always one that we want to win for them. The Cascadia Cup -- thats some hardware that we want to keep." DeMerit likens the atmosphere to the local derbies he was a part of during his time playing in England. "You get that full atmosphere, that constant hum of chants, that full intensity that comes with that rivalry and that only rivalry games seem to create," said the 34-year-old. "Both sets of fans are very passionate about their clubs and thats what we want. Thats what were trying to build here in North America and in MLS and theres no better example than the Cascadia rivalry." Notes: The Whitecaps are 3-1-1 at home so far this season, while the Sounders have the same record on the road. ... Seattle and Portland tied the only other Cascadia game played so far this season 4-4. Each team plays six games in the competition. The Whitecaps visit the Timbers on June 1. ... Vancouver announced Thursday that striker Darren Mattocks has obtained a green card in the U.S., freeing up an international roster spot. ... Harvey and DeMerit, who are both American, said they were surprised that Los Angeles Galaxy star Landon Donovan was left off the U.S. World Cup team. Said Harvey: "Thats a crazy decision. Im really shocked by it. Hes a quality player -- best U.S. player in history." Chris Johnson Jersey . "Youre not really spending time to sit back and analyze what your competitions doing and things like that," Anthopoulos said. "Youre so focused on what were trying to get done." Ultimately, while the landscape around them changed with trades both major and minor, the Blue Jays did nothing before Thursdays non-waiver deadline. 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Devin Setoguchi and Andrew Ladd scored in the shootout to give the Jets a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. The Jets are 4-1 in shootouts this season, including Sundays 5-4 win over San Jose. "It gets a little tiring playing overtime games but the shootouts are going for us," said centre Bryan Little, who scored the games first goal. Ladd is 5-for-5 in shootouts this season and his past three have been game winners. Zach Bogosian also scored for Winnipeg in regulation. Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves. "Pavelec really put his best foot forward in the game to help us win the game," Jets coach Claude Noel said. Pavel Datsyuk scored twice for Detroit, which lost its sixth straight at home (0-1-5). Jimmy Howard stopped 19 shots. Daniel Alfredsson scored in the shootout. "We didnt win but I thought we played good. I liked our game today, start to finish. We made some mistakes," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "... But I liked our penalty kill, I liked our power play, I liked our game. I feel real good. I know wed like to get the second point, but I liked the way we played. To me its going in the right direction. Its real positive game for us." Datsyuks second power-play goal of the game, with 6:49 remaining in the third, tied it 2-2. He stuffed one in from the side of the net for his ninth of the season. The goal came just after a Red Wings two-man advantage came to an end. Detroit outshot Winnipeg 16-2 in the third period. "They came hard aand we made mistakes to take some penalties on the power play.dddddddddddd" Pavelec said. Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg talked about the teams bad stretch. "Its tough when we dont get two points," he said. "We did a lot of good things and today I think we played solid defence, created enough chances to win and Howie (Howard) played good enough to win the game, but we cant find a way to go all the way. Its frustrating. Its tough. We want to win, but right now we cant find a way." Bogosian gave Winnipeg a 2-1 lead with 9:13 left in the third period. He took a pass in the slot from centre Olli Jokinen and moved to his right, made a move and put a shot past Howard from the right circle. It was Bogosians first goal of the season. Little opened the scoring 7:10 into the game with his 11th goal. He put in a one-time shot from the inside edge of the left circle off the rush on a cross-ice pass from Blake Wheeler. Datsyuks power-play goal with 5:16 left in the first period tied the game at 1. Datsyuk scored from the bottom of the right circle along the goal line after taking a cross-ice pass from Zetterberg. It was his eighth goal. NOTES: Detroit LW Johan Franzen returned after missing four games with an upper-body injury/illness. ... Red Wings RW Daniel Cleary was a healthy scratch. He had only a goal and two assists in 18 games. ... 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