MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - Vancouver Whitecaps

The winner of this game will take the lead in the Cascadia Cup, but Vancouver has never beaten Portland in MLS play.
Portland Timbers (4-3-3): Ricketts; Jewsbury, Jean-Baptiste, Kah, Harrington; Valeri, Zemanski, Johnson; Nagbe, Johnson, Wallace.


OUT: Bright Dike (ACL surgery), David Horst (R tibia plateau surgery), Brent Richards (L ACL surgery), Mikael Silvestre (ACL surgery), Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (concussion)

Diego Chara (turf toe)
Vancouver Whitecaps (4-3-3): Knighton; Lee, Rusin, Leveron, Harvey; Watson, Reo-Coker, Kobayashi; Teibert, Miller, Sanvezzo.


OUT: Jay DeMerit (L torn Achilles tendon), Darren Mattocks (R knee surgery), Omar Salgado (R foot fracture)

QUESTIONABLE: Andy OʼBrien (R hamstring strain)
  • These two teams are part of the trio that contests the Cascadia Cup, along with the Seattle Sounders. Vancouver currently leads the 2013 edition, ahead of Seattle on goal difference but equal on points with four. Portland has two points.
  • The one meeting between these teams already this season was a 2-2 draw at BC Place on May 18.
  • Vancouver has never defeated Portland in league play. The Timbers have won four games, and there have been two draws.
  • Both of these teams are on two-match winless streaks.
  • Two Vancouver players, Gershon Koffie and Jun Marques Davidon, are suspended for this match.