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Big double-game week for Timbers

The Portland Timbers return to Providence Park Wednesday to play host to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in a Cascadia Cup rivalry match (7pm PT, TICKETS, FOX 12 PLUS). Portland is looking to keep pace in the Western Conference in which they sit in fourth place – a spot that would guarantee them a home match in the first round of the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs. The Timbers are also even with Seattle Sounders FC on points though behind on goal differential for the Cascadia Cup. Portland will need a win Wednesday to stay in the running with Seattle and then need Vancouver to defeat Seattle on Decision Day on Nov. 7 to lay claim to the Cup.

That match is not the only Timbers match this week as they will have a quick turnaround following Wednesday's game when they then travel to face the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, Oct. 23 (6pm PT, FOX 12 PLUS)., Saturday's match will be a big game as well. With midweek results still pending, trails third-place Colorado by five points and the chance to make up ground and move into third place remains a big opportunity for the Green-and-Gold.

NWSL Shield-winner Thorns have int'l break ahead of regular-season finale

Thorns FC, winners of the 2021 NWSL Shield Saturday with their 1-0 victory over the Houston Dash, have a break from NWSL play this coming weekend as numerous players head out for international duty.

Portland will then close out the regular season at Providence Park on Saturday, Oct. 30 against the North Carolina Courage (7pm PT, TICKETS, Twitch).

2021 NWSL Shield Scarf

2021 NWSL Shield Scarf

Celebrate the Portland Thorns' 2021 NWSL Shield with this special edition scarf

ICYMI NWSL Shield Edition

Speaking of the NWSL Shield, you can pre-order a special Shield commemorative scarf (above), but also, here's some other fun facts that you may not have known about Sunday's big win over Houston:

PTFC Birthdays

Wish a happy birthday to these PTFC players this week: