Match Preview, Timbers vs. Caps, 10.22.17
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KeyBank Scouting Report | Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Oct. 22, 2017

MATCH INFORMATION

Date: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
Kickoff: 1 p.m. (Pacific)
Location: Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Forecast: Cloudy, 55 degrees
Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Joe Fletcher, Andrew Bigelow Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo
VAR: Kevin Stott
LOCAL TV: ROOT SPORTS
Talent: Jake Zivin (play-by-play), Ross Smith (analyst), Samantha Yarock (sideline reporter)
English Radio: 750 The Game (KXTG 750 AM, 102.9 FM)
Talent: Keith Bleyer (play-by-play), Brett Jacbos (analyst), Fletcher Johnson (host)
Spanish Radio: La GranD (KGGD 93.5 FM, 1150 AM)
Talent: Josue del Castillo (play-by-play), Oscar Ramos (analyst)

MATCH PREVIEW

Playing their final game of the 2017 regular season, the Portland Timbers will play host to Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Providence Park on Sunday, Oct. 22. Heading into the match, the Timbers are coming off a 4-0 home win against D.C. United on Oct. 15, with the team clinching a top-four berth in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. Sunday’s match marks the 90th meeting between Portland and Vancouver, dating back to 1975. Since joining MLS in 2011, the Timbers lead the regular-season series 9-4-6. Sitting in first place in the Western Conference with 52 points, Whitecaps FC enter Sunday’s match coming off a 1-1 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes at BC Place on Oct. 15. Forward Fredy Montero leads the team in goals scored (13).

LAST MATCH RECAP

The Portland Timbers defeated D.C. United 4-0 before a sold-out crowd of 21,144 fans at Providence Park to clinch a berth in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs on Oct. 15. Midfielder Sebastián Blanco scored his first brace with the Timbers, extending his season tally to eight goals, while midfielder Diego Valeri tallied a goal and two assists and defender Alvas Powell added his second goal of the season.

LAST TIME VS. WHITECAPS FC

The Portland Timbers defeated Cascadia-rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-1 before 25,082 fans at BC Place on Sunday afternoon.

ALL-TIME SERIES NOTES

Sunday’s match marks the 90th meeting between Portland and Vancouver, dating back to 1975. Since joining MLS in 2011, the Timbers lead the regular-season series 9-4-6. The Timbers have scored 33 regular-season goals against Vancouver, which ranks as the most goals scored by Portland against any club in MLS. Additionally, Portland’s nine wins against Vancouver is ranked as the most wins by the club against any team in the Timbers’ MLS era. The Timbers have taken the previous two meetings between the two teams this season, defeating Whitecaps FC 2-1 at home on April 22, before taking a 2-1 away win at BC Place on July 23.

SCOUTING WHITECAPS FC

Sitting in first place in the Western Conference with 52 points, Whitecaps FC enter Sunday’s match coming off a 1-1 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes at BC Place on Oct. 15. Heading into the match, Whitecaps FC have won six games (6-8-2) on the road in 2017, which ranks as the most in the West. In their most recent away game, Vancouver fell 3-0 to the Red Bulls on Oct. 7. Forward Fredy Montero leads the team in goals scored (13).

CASCADIA CUP STANDINGS

Club GP W L T Pts. GF GA Diff.
Seattle 6 2 1 3 9 9 6 +3
Portland 5 2 1 2 8 7 6 +1
Vancouver 5 1 3 1 4 5 9 -4
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