'Caps meet Sounders back-to-back

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:14 AM ET

The Cascadia Conflict returns when the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders meet on both sides of the border this weekend.

Defending USL First Division champion Seattle, 1-2-1, comes north for tonight's 7 p.m. kickoff with the 3-0-2 Whitecaps at Swangard Stadium. The teams reconvene tomorrow at Qwest Field in Seattle.

Tonight will be the teams' 73rd meeting since 1994. Seattle leads 39-21-12, but the last five games ended in ties. The original Whitecaps were 17-11 against Seattle in North American Soccer League play from 1974 to 1983.

Whitecaps' striker Jason Jordan will try to score his first goal of 2006. He was goalless after three games in 2005 and then netted seven in two games. He finished with a league-high 17 goals and was voted most valuable player.

"Hopefully once I score I'll get back into form and start slotting a few more goals," Jordan said. "I'm just going to continue to be working hard, getting in front of defenders making their post runs."

Meanwhile, Whitecaps women will try to beat the Seattle Sounders Saints for the third straight time in W-League play tomorrow night at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. Christine Sinclair and Tiffeny Milbrett lead Vancouver with two goals apiece.

Whitecaps won 4-1 and 1-0 at home during the season's first two weekends. Whitecaps women have lost to Seattle twice since 2002.


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