Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kickoff: 1 p.m. (Pacific)
Location: Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Forecast: Cloudy, 59 degrees
Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant Referees: Jeremy Hanson, Kathryn Nesbitt Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal
National TV: KPTV FOX 12
Talent: Jake Zivin (play-by-play), Ross Smith (analyst), Samantha Yarock (reporter), Nat Borchers (field analyst)
English Radio: 750 The Game (KXTG 750 AM, 102.9 FM)
Talent: Keith Bleyer (play-by-play), Brett Jacobs (analyst)
Spanish Radio: La GranD (KGGD 93.5 FM, 1150 AM)
Talent: Josue del Castillo (play-by-play), Ozkar Ramos (analyst)
The Portland Timbers will play their second home match in as many weeks, playing host to Cascadia-rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Provdience Park on Saturday, April 22. Beginning at 1 p.m. (Pacific), Saturday’s match will be broadcast live on KPTV FOX 12 with local radio broadcasts on 750 AM/102.9 FM The Game (English) and La GranD 1150 AM/93.5 FM (Spanish). Going into Saturday’s match, the Timbers are unbeaten against Vancouver in their last four home matches, with Portland taking a 4-2 win in their most recent meeting at Providence Park on May 22, 2016. Vancouver heads into Saturday’s match with two wins in its last three games, coming off a 2-1 win against Seattle Sounders FC. Forward Fredy Montero leads the team in goals (3).
LAST MATCH RECAP
The Portland Timbers fell 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City before a sold-out crowd of 21,144 fans at Providence Park on April 15, suffering their first home defeat of the season. The result marked the first loss for the Timbers (4-2-1, 13pts) in their last nine home matches (7-1-1), dating back to the 2016 campaign, while also marking the first time the Timbers have been held scoreless in their last 22 matches played at Providence Park since the 2015 MLS season.
LAST TIME VS. VANCOUVER
In their final match of the 2016 regular season, the Portland Timbers fell 4-1 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC before 24,083 fans at BC Place on Oct. 23, 2016. Midfielder Diego Valeri tallied a goal midway through the second half for the Timbers, recording a career-high 14th MLS goal in 2016.
ALL-TIME SERIES NOTES
Saturday’s match marks the 88th meeting between Portland and Vancouver, dating back to 1975. Since joining MLS in 2011, the Timbers lead the regular-season series 7-4-6, including a 4-1-4 mark at Providence Park. Portland is unbeaten against Whitecaps FC in its last four home matches. Additionally, the Timbers have scored 29 regular-season goals against Vancouver, which ranks as the most goals scored by Portland against any club in MLS. Portland’s seven wins against Vancouver is also tied for the most wins by the club against any team in the Timbers’ MLS era. In their most recent match at Providence Park, the Timbers took a 4-2 at Providence Park on May 22, 2016
SCOUTING WHITECAPS FC
Whitecaps FC enter Saturday’s game with two wins in their last three games, coming off a 2-1 win against Seattle Sounders FC in the opening Cascadia Cup match of the 2017 MLS campaign. On the road this season, Vancouver is 0-2 away from BC Place, with the team falling to Real Salt Lake 3-0 on April 8 and 3-2 against the San Jose Earthquakes on March 11.
CASCADIA CUP STANDINGS