MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, May 22 – 16:30 ET (21:30 BST)

Match Odds: Portland 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Vancouver 13/5

Match Preview

Portland Timbers take on Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday night in the latest Cascadia Cup clash as part of MLS Rivalry Week, with both sides in contrasting form heading into the clash.

Portland have really struggled to live up to their title of MLS Cup champions so far. They have lost three on the bounce and sit ninth in the West. Injuries haven’t helped but Caleb Porter knows his side need to be doing much better.

They fell 2-1 at home to New York City FC last weekend and have conceded a total of 22 goals in 12 games – the most in MLS.

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The visit of Vancouver offers the chance to give the fans and players a real boost. However, that looks unlikely given the ‘Caps upturn in form lately.

Vancouver have now won three in a row and have moved up to third in the West heading into the weekend.

Their 4-3 win at Toronto last weekend was their first on the road since March and they will now look to follow it up with another away victory.

This will be the second meeting between the two sides this season. Vancouver beat Portland 2-1 just two weeks ago and sit atop the Cascadia Cup standings at this stage, having beaten Seattle 2-1 as well in the only other game in the series so far.

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Team News

Portland have struggled with injuries all season and they are showing no signs of slowing up. Andy Thoma, Alvas Powell, Adam Kwarasey and Darren Mattocks are all definitely out, while Diego Chara and Fanendo Adi are both doubts.

Vancouver will be without fullback Fraser Aird as he will serve a one-game suspension here. Christian Dean, Deybi Flores and Masato Kudo are all ruled out through injury, while Octavio Rivero is a doubt.

Key Points

Portland Timbers’ last five: D/W/L/L/L

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: D/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: The Timbers have only lost one of nine all-time home meetings with Vancouver, shutting out their rivals in three of the last four clashes at Providence Park.

Key Player: Kekuta Manneh – The Whitecaps winger netted twice in last week’s impressive win at Toronto and will now look to kick on with another bright display in what is a massive game for both clubs. He has now scored two and assisted two in his last two outings and is looking sharp.

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Score Prediction

Portland Timbers 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps – Goals are surely guaranteed here as both have been scoring and conceding plenty of late. The Timbers are struggling, having lost three on the bounce, while Vancouver have won their last three and look to be on a hot streak. The away side don’t win many in Portland but look primed for success on Sunday.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers

Venue: BC Place – Saturday, May 7 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Vancouver 13/10 – Draw 12/5 – Portland 2/1

Match Preview

Vancouver Whitecaps welcome Portland Timbers to BC Place in their first Cascadia Cup rivalry game of the year, with both sides desperately looking to climb the Western Conference.

Vancouver have failed to build on an excellent campaign from last term so far and come into the weekend in eighth place in the West, just a point behind Portland in seventh.

The Whitecaps have only won one of their last six and are really struggling to build any momentum at this stage of the season. Last week’s 3-2 loss to NYCFC was their fifth loss of the campaign and things need to improve quickly.

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Taking three points from fierce rivals Portland this weekend would give them a major boost but that will be no easy task.

Portland looked to be really struggling until going three games unbeaten, picking up seven points from a possible nine over the last two weeks.

They are still five points off Western Conference leaders Colorado at this stage but Caleb Porter will be delighted that his side are now starting to find some form.

The 2015 MLS Cup Champions have yet to win a game away from home, so doing so against the Whitecaps this weekend would further lift spirits.

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These two rivals met in the playoffs last term, with Portland advancing 2-0 on aggregate over two legs. The Timbers won 2-0 at BC Place in the second leg but did lose 2-1 at the same stadium in the only regular season meeting last year.

This will be the season’s second Cascadia Cup clash of the season. Vancouver beat Seattle 2-1 in the first battle of the term and are looking to win the northwest rivalry series for the third time in four years.

Team News

Vancouver won’t be able to call on the services of tricky winger Kekuta Manneh as he will serve a one-game suspension handed to him by the MLS Disciplinary Committee. Octavio Rivero is a doubt for this one, while Christian Dean and Deybi Flores are definitely out.

Portland will be without three defensive players once again as Alvas Powell, Adam Kwarasey and Andy Thoma all remain injured. However, Liam Ridgewell returned from injury last week, giving Caleb Porter a huge boost. Darren Mattocks will hope to start against his former side in attack.

Key Points

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: L/L/W/D/L

Portland Timbers’ last five: D/L/W/D/W

Key Stat: Vancouver have only won one of their last seven home games against Portland (D2 L4).

Key Player: Diego Valeri – The Timbers playmaker returned from suspension to score the winning goal in last week’s win over Toronto. He can turn a game in a flash with his sublime vision in the final third and will look to hurt a Whitecaps defence that is conceding an average of 1.5 goals per game.

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Score Prediction

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Portland Timbers – There is little to choose between these two coming into the weekend and another tight game looks to be on the cards. Vancouver are struggling for form but are unbeaten in four at home, while Portland have yet to win away but have picked up form in their last three outings. A low-scoring draw looks likely but that will do little to help either side’s hopes of climbing the table.

Gallery: Exclusive photos from Vancouver’s win in Seattle

CenturyLink Field hosted the 2016 season’s first Cascadia Cup clash of the year as Vancouver Whitecaps edged past the Seattle Sounders by a 2-1 scoreline.

The result left Seattle as the only team in MLS yet to register a point after three consecutive losses have left the Sounders rooted to the bottom of the Western Conference.

Andreas Ivanschitz netted a superb free-kick during the game but it wasn’t enough as two Pedro Morales penalties saw the Whitecaps return home with all three points.

Check out exclusive photos from Saturday’s clash below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Denise McCooey.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, March 19 – 22:00 ET (02:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Seattle 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – Vancouver 5/2

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders host Vancouver Whitecaps in the first Cascadia rivalry clash of the 2016 season, with both sides looking to put their first points on the board after a poor start to the campaign.

Both sides have lost their opening two games and will be desperate for a win here to stop problems from worsening. Beating fierce rivals would be a real boost for either and so there’s plenty at stake in their early-season clash.

Seattle fell 1-0 at home to Sporting Kansas City in their opener, before losing 2-1 to Real Salt Lake last weekend. Both results will have disappointed Sigi Schmid but he need to rally his side to bounce back here.

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The visit of Vancouver is sure to be a testing one, especially as the away side has emerged victorious in each of the last four regular season meeting between these clubs. Seattle need to give the home crowd something to celebrate early to try and set the tone.

The Whitecaps will be hugely disappointed to have lost both games so far. Their 3-2 defeat to Montreal was followed up by a 2-1 loss in Kansas City last Saturday and Carl Robinson knows his team need to shore up defensively very quickly.

Vancouver were excellent at the back last year but have conceded five in their first two and have already seen both Ignacio Piatti and Dom Dwyer net braces against them through the first two weeks.

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The Whitecaps did win last season’s only regular season game in Seattle by an emphatic 3-0 scoreline, although the Sounders recorded victories in both games at BC Place. The home side has struggled in this fixture of late and so Vancouver will be confident of leaving with at least a point.

Both clubs have already received a red card this term and need to keep their discipline to prevent this rivalry from getting out of hand on Saturday evening.

Team News

Seattle will be without defensive duo Brad Evans and Roman Torres once again here, while Erik Friberg is also still sidelined through injury. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei is a doubt, as are Michael Farfan, Nelson Valdez and Jordan Morris, though both Valdez and Morris are expected to be fit.

Vancouver have two suspensions to worry about as they head to CenturyLink Field. Jordan Smith will sit out after being sent off in last week’s loss to SKC, while Kianz Froese has been given a one-game suspension by the MLS Disciplinary Committee. Christian Dean and Russell Teibert remain injured, while Kekuta Manneh is a doubt as he is struggling with an ankle injury.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ form: L/L

Vancouver Whitecaps’ form: L/L

Key Stat: The Sounders have lost three-straight home matches to Vancouver in MLS and have been outscored 1-8 in that time.

Key Player: Clint Dempsey – The Seattle star has had a slow start to 2016 but will hope to get his first goal of the campaign at home to Cascadia rivals on Saturday night. He can turn any game on its head in an instant, and needs to start producing the goods for the Sounders if they are to pick up positive results.

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Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – It’s too difficult to separate these sides heading into this important game. Both will be desperate to stop the rot as far as losses are concerned and that could lead to a cagey affair. A draw would get both sides off the mark and so that looks the most likely result between two teams that have looked far from convincing so far.

PHOTOS: Exclusive images from Seattle’s 2-1 win over Portland on Sunday

Seattle Sounders managed to beat Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers 2-1 on Sunday night in a key Western Conference clash at CenturyLink Field, despite being outplayed for large parts of the game.

The Timbers wasted several opportunities and will be kicking themselves for leaving Seattle with nothing as they now sit just two points clear of the Sounders with seven regular season games to play.

An early Obafemi Martins goal settled Seattle supporters’ nerves before Brad Evans doubled their lead against the run of play from the penalty spot.

The Timbers rallied to score early in the second-half through Jack Jewsbury but couldn’t find that elusive equaliser as Seattle beat them for the second time at CenturyLink Field this season.

Check out our exclusive images from the game below, courtesy of our North American photographer Denise McCooey.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Sunday, August 30 – 16:30 ET (22:00 BST)

Match Odds: Seattle 13/10  – Draw 12/5 – Portland 2/1

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders take on the Portland Timbers in the latest Cascadia Cup clash on Sunday night as part of Heineken Rivalry Week in MLS, with more than just bragging rights at stake in this Western Conference showdown.

The Sounders come into the game in horrendous form, having lost six of their last seven. They fell 2-0 at Real Salt Lake last weekend, failing to score for the fifth time in their past seven games and they come into the weekend outside of the playoff places – something very few could have predicted after 25 weeks of the regular season.

Seattle still have time to get back to their best but with games running out, and a playoff place far from guaranteed, the pressure is really on Sigi Schmid and his team to deliver.

Seattle’s 2015 MLS record: P26 – W11 – D2 – L13

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A fierce rivalry game against the Timbers will get the fans excited and a loss at home here would go down as a major disaster.

Portland come into the game in much better shape having gone unbeaten through their last four in MLS. They rallied from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to the Houston Dynamo last Friday, with Lucas Melano scoring his first goal for his new side in that game.

 

Portland’s 2015 MLS record: P26 – W11 – D7 – L8

They travel to CenturyLink Field five points further ahead of the Sounders in fourth place in the West and know a win here will give their playoff chances a huge boost with just seven to go after Sunday’s clash.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

These two rivals will be meeting for the fourth time this season on Sunday. The two previous league games have seen each side win. Seattle took the first meeting 1-0 before Portland then won the reverse fixture 4-1 in June.

They also met in the US Open Cup in a crazy game that Portland won 3-1 after extra-time as the Sounders ended the game with seven players.

Photo: Max Aquino

Photo: Max Aquino

Team News

Seattle have several injury concerns ahead of this one. Andreas Correa, Andy Craven, Damion Lowe and Chad Barrett are all out, while Osvaldo Alonso, Leonardo Gonzalez and Clint Dempsey remain doubtful but could feature. Obafemi Martins is fit and will start in attack.

Portland will be without Diego Chara as the midfielder serves a one-game suspension following a red card last time out. Ben Zemanski is the Timbers’ only injury worry as he remains out with a torn ACL. Fanendo Adi and Lucas Melano will be battling for the starting striker role.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ last five in MLS: L/L/L/W/L

Portland Timbers’ last five in MLS: L/D/W/W/D

Key Stat: Portland Timbers have never won away at Seattle in an MLS regular season game.

Key Player: Obafemi Martins – The Nigerian forward is back to full fitness and is always a threat at CenturyLink Field. He has scored twice in Seattle’s last home game and will need to lead the attack on Sunday night to give the Sounders a chance of victory.

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Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 2-2 Portland Timbers – Games between these two are often highly enjoyable affairs and this one should be no different. It’s tough to pick a winner going into the game and a score draw could be the most likely outcome and both will be so worried about losing such a big game.

PHOTOS: Exclusive images from the Whitecaps’ 3-0 win over the Sounders in Seattle

The Vancouver Whitecaps leaped to the top of the Western Conference and the 2015 Cascadia Cup standings with an emphatic 3-0 win over the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night.

Spectacular goals from Pa-Modou Kah and Pedro Morales gave the Whitecaps their third-straight win in Seattle, with Kah netting his first two goals of the year in the win.

The defeat was the Sounders’ seventh in their last eight and they have now failed to score in each of their last four matches for the first time in club history.

Sigi Schmid’s team are in trouble and even the return of Clint Dempsey couldn’t help their fortunes turnaround against their rivals.

The two sides now prepare to meet again on Wednesday night in their CONCACAF Champions League game at BC Place.

Check out the photos below from Saturday’s game, courtesy of our North American photographer Denise McCooey.

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Goals, broken records and more goals in crazy Saturday night of MLS action

Wow. We’re still trying to catch our breath after what was arguably the craziest night of Major League Soccer action ever.

There were a record-breaking 39 goals scored on Saturday night over the eight games – an average of 4.8 per game as teams across the league clearly found their shooting boots, and some.

Here’s a roundup of some of the records and streaks that were broken on Saturday night:

1. Goals, glorious goals

As mentioned already, there were a staggering 39 goals scored. That’s the most ever seen in a single night of MLS action and smashes the previous record of 30 in one night that was set on May 28, 2011.

2. Most goals in a single game since 2004

The night’s most incredible game took place in the nations capital as DC United and Real Salt Lake played out a 10-goal thriller, with DC winning 6-4. The game saw the most goals ever scored in a single match at RFK Stadium and is the most in an MLS match since the 2004 season – a run of 11 years.

The most ever seen in one match is 11 when LA Galaxy beat Colorado Rapids 7-4 back in 1998 but DC United’s mad game with Real Salt Lake last night will probably go down as this season’s most thrilling match.

This Nick DeLeon game ended a stunning night in fine style:

3. Whitecaps pile misery as Sounders break unwanted record

The Vancouver Whitecaps beat Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders 3-0 at CenturyLink Field to move back to the top of the Western Conference and the top of the Cascadia Cup standings.

Seattle’s defeat was their seventh in eight games as they moved below .500 for the first time this season and remain fifth in the West, just three points above the playoff line.

If things couldn’t get much worse, the Sounders broke their club record as it was the first time in club history they have failed to score in four-straight games. Worrying times for last year’s Supporters’ Shield winners.

4. Larin ties rookie record with 12 games to go

Orlando City made sure they were also involved in the goalscoring action as they beat Columbus Crew 5-2 at the Citrus Bowl. Cyle Larin added two more goals to his season tally of 11 to tie the rookie record for most goals in a season. Larin should beat that record with 12 games still to play in the regular season, especially as he has five in his last two.

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5. LA Galaxy’s road nightmare over

LA Galaxy ended their 17-game winless run on the road with a 3-1 victory at the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.

It was the first time they’ve picked up three points away from home in MLS since August last year, when ironically they beat the Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, August 1 – 22:00 ET (03:00 BST)

Match Odds: Seattle Sounders 5/4 – Draw 12/5 – Vancouver Whitecaps 19/10

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders entertain Western Conference rivals Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night with four points separating the sides ahead of the latest Cascadia Cup clash.

The Sounders have been out of form recently with just one win in their last seven games but despite their baron run they are still sitting fifth in the Western Conference and are on track to make the playoffs – the minimum expectation for last year’s Supporters’ Shield winners.

Sigi Schmid will know his side need to put an end to their three-game losing run and this would be a great game to do it in against their fierce rivals.

They come into the game off the back of their third 1-0 loss in a row, after the defeat by Montreal Impact last time out. Worryingly, the Sounders have failed to score in five of their last seven regular season games but the return of Clint Dempsey should see things improve dramatically.

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By contrast Vancouver Whitecaps have ensured their recent form has been steady. Despite losing two of their last five regular season ties, they have still picked up seven points in those games.

Carl Robinson will be disappointed not to be leading the Western Conference given how tight the table is, but knows his side are in a great position to take all three points in this one and keep their Western Conference winning hopes alive.

Vancouver come into the game off the back of their 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes last Sunday and they will be looking to build on their solid away form this season which has seen them win six of their 12 road trips.

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The Sounders currently lead the 2015 Cascadia Cup series, with Portland and Vancouver both tied on five points – one fewer than Seattle. The Sounders beat Vancouver 2-0 in May and will look to get revenge for last season’s 1-0 home loss to their rivals.

Team News

Seattle Sounders are set to be without Obafemi Martins and Andres Correa. Andy Craven and Stefan Frei are both doubts. Clint Dempsey will return to the side after playing in the Gold Cup and MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday night.

Vancouver Whitecaps have two injury concerns. Sam Adekugbe and Pedro Morales are doubtful, while Pa Modou Kah is one booking away from a suspension.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ last five in MLS: L/W/L/L/L

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five in MLS: W/L/L/D/W

Key Stat: Seattle Sounders have lost six of their last seven in Major League Soccer and have failed to score in five of those games.

Key Player: Octavio Rivero – The Whitecaps forward got back to scoring ways in the 3-1 victory over San Jose and has now netted eight this season. He could be in for a treat against a Sounders side who keep letting in goals.

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Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps – Vancouver to pile more misery on a struggling Sounders side in what should be another entertaining Cascadia Cup clash at CenturyLink Field.

Portland Timbers in wonderland as Sounders fall to third straight defeat

The Portland Timbers capped off MLS Rivalry Week with a stunning 4-1 victory over their fierce Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders at Providence Park on Sunday night.

Portland supporters unveiled an excellent tifo before the game which had the words ‘Timbers Wonderland’ on it and they were certainly there by full-time as they beat Seattle for the second time in two weeks.

The two sides faced off in the US Open Cup on June 16 as the Timbers won 3-1 after extra-time in a game which saw the Sounders end the match with seven players on the field.

Photo: Max Aquino

Photo: Max Aquino

Star strikers Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey were two of the men to leave the field in that Open Cup meeting and neither has played since as a result of injury and suspension respectively.

Seattle have lost three straight MLS games since that cup defeat to Portland and Sunday night’s heavy loss only piled more misery on Sigi Schmid and his players.

The Timbers seemed more fired up and seemingly wanted the three points more than their Western Conference rivals. Portland are now just one point behind Seattle at the midpoint of the campaign and are two points behind in this year’s Cascadia Cup series, tied on four points with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Darlington Nagbe opened the scoring with his first goal in 17 MLS games before Lamar Neagle leveled up just before halftime.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Then Portland took control in the second-half as they proved too strong for their rivals. Fanendo Adi and Gaston Fernandez wreaked havoc as the Nigerian netted twice before substitute Rodney Wallace scored in stoppage time to cap off a fine display.

Portland play next on Wednesday night when they face Real Salt Lake in the Open Cup, while Seattle are back in action on Friday night as they host Supporters’ Shield leaders DC United.

How impressive were Portland in their 4-1 win over Seattle on Sunday night?