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  • October 21, 2012
  • • 7:10 PM
  • • BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Referee: J. Guzmán
  • • Attendance: 21000
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MLS Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps - Portland Timbers

MLS Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps - Portland Timbers

Jonathan Ferrey

The fierce Pacific Northwest rivals meet with the Cascadia Cup on the line for Portland and a first-ever playoff berth at stake for Vancouver.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Vancouver Whitecaps (4-3-3): Knighton; Lee, O'Brien, DeMerit, Harvey; Rochat, Watson, Koffie; Robson, Miller, Richards.

INJURY REPORT

PROBABLE: FW Darren Mattocks (R hamstring strain); MF John Thorrington (L hamstring strain)
Portland Timbers (4-2-3-1): Ricketts; Palmer, Danso, Horst, Wallace; Chara, Jewsbury; Zizzo, Songo'o, Nagbe; Dike.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Ian Hogg (R ankle sprain); DF Chris Taylor (R hip surgery)

DOUBTFUL: FW Kris Boyd (R adductor strain)
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Vancouver has never beaten Portland in Major League Soccer. The Timbers have won three and drawn one of the previous MLS meetings.
  • The Whitecaps occupy fifth, the final playoff spot, in the Western Conference. Portland is already eliminated from postseason contention.
  • This is Portland's final away match. It could become the fifth team in MLS history to go through a season without a road victory. (Previous clubs with the unwanted distinction: LA Galaxy in 2003, Real Salt Lake in 2005, New York in 2009 and Vancouver last season.)
  • After losing five games in a row, the Whitecaps haven't lost in three and have posted back-to-back shutouts.
  • This match will decide the Cascadia Cup. If Portland wins, the Timbers claim it. If Vancouver wins or draws, the cup goes to the Seattle Sounders.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Whitecaps

Portland Timbers

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Whitecaps
Draw
Portland Timbers POR
Portland Timbers Portland Timbers
72%
21%

Top 3 Predictions

Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
2 - 0
Portland Timbers POR
Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
3 - 0
Portland Timbers POR
Vancouver Whitecaps FC WHI
2 - 1
Portland Timbers POR

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