A Cascadia Cup match is rarely a dull affair, and the winner of this game will jump out to an early lead in the standings.
|Vancouver Whitecaps (4-2-3-1): Cannon; Lee, O'Brien, Rusin, Rochat; Reo-Coker, Davidson; Teibert, Kobayashi, Sanvezzo; Mattocks.
OUT: Jay DeMerit (L torn Achilles tendon), Kenny Miller (R hamstring strain)
|Portland Timbers (4-3-3): Ricketts; Jewsbury, Jean-Baptiste, Danso, Harrington; Valeri, Chara, Johnson; Nagbe, Johnson, Wallace.
OUT: Bright Dike (L ACL surgery), David Horst (R tibia plateau surgery), Brent Richards (L ACL surgery), Mikael Silvestre (L ruptured ACL)
- Both of these clubs are part of the three-team Cascadia Cup (along with the Seattle Sounders). The winner will take the lead for the 2013 season.
- Portland are the current holders of the trophy. Vancouver has gone the longest without a triumph, last lifting regional silverware in 2008.
- Vancouver's 20-year-old Russell Teibert scored the first two goals of his career last week, in a 3-1 win over the LA Galaxy.
- Portland's Diego Valeri is tied for the MLS lead in assists, with four.
- Vancouver's Johnny Leveron will miss this game through suspension.