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By RYAN TOLMICH
Needing a win to maintain their spot among the playoff contenders, the Vancouver Whitecaps put together a season-defining performance against the Seattle Sounders.
Entering the game trailing the rival Portland Timbers in the standings, the Whitecaps shut down the high-powered Sounders offense in a 1-0 victory Friday to earn the Whitecaps the Cascadia Cup, playoff positioning, and recognition as SBI MLS Team of the Week.
It was a stifling defensive effort from the Whitecaps, who limited the Sounders to just two shots on target after the Western Conference leaders had scored eight goals in their prior two games. A Kekutah Manneh finish proved to be just enough for the Caps, who moved back into a playoff position with just two games remaining in the regular season.
The Whitecaps beat out FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew for this week’s honors.
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