Preview: Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Prediction, Team News, Lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday’s Major League Soccer clash between the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

A pair of arch-rivals in the midst of a tight playoff race in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference will square off on Sunday as the Portland Woods welcome to Vancouver White Capes to Providence Park.

A win for either side could catapult them into postseason position, with the Timbers and Caps one and two points behind that final spot, respectively.


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A group of veterans in Portland who have been together for some time now seem determined to prove that they have another great career ahead of them.

Throughout the campaign, many have suggested that the defending Western Conference champions had too many players past their prime, suggesting they are a shadow of their former selves.

Since the international break, this team has debunked those claims, earning points from five consecutive league games to get back into the playoff conversation.

giovanni savarese didn’t mince words about their thoughts on Seattle’s CONCACAF Champions League win, saying they were “mad” their Pacific rivals were taking home the title.

His players played with advantage and determination Saturday as it rained down on the Sounders’ title parade, outscoring three in a 3-0 triumph, jumping to the overall Cascadia Cup lead with six points, three more than Seattle.

A win on Sunday would add to that lead, and the Timbers come into this next game with wins in three of their last four home games, scoring 12 goals in that span.

Vancouver Whitecaps celebrate the goal scored by defender Tristan Blackmon (6) against Los Angeles FC during the first half at Banc of California Stadium on March 20, 2022©Reuters

The Caps had to scratch and recover numerous times this week against a potent offensive unit, but in the end, they took a single well-deserved point at FC Cincinnati (2-2).

Not only was it the third time in the last four games that this club had picked up a point away from home, but it also became the first team in MLS history to score a game-tying goal in the first five minutes and the last 10 minutes of a match.

When you think of some of the most iconic comebacks this team has had under Vanni Sartinimany fans will immediately remember what happened last year in Portland.

The Caps trailed the home team 2-0 at halftime that day before their coach delivered an emotional halftime speech that seemed to pump up this group as they scored three unanswered goals to win 3-2.

One thing we’re seeing a lot from them at the moment is creativity and fluidity on the pitch, as they seem to be much more balanced on the ball while making smarter decisions in attack.

While they’ve moved back into playoff contention, injuries are starting to pile up for this team, so the depth could really be tested this weekend.

Although they have managed to settle down in a number of their away games, Sartini would rather not have to see his team chasing games away from home so often, conceding an opening goal in the first 15 minutes on six separate occasions in 2021. .

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Portland Timbers defenseman Bill Tuiloma (25) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second half against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Providence Park on April 3, 2022.©Reuters

The Timbers have outscored opponents 11-4 in their current unbeaten streak as five players have found the back of the net, including Sebastian White, Jaroslaw Niezgoda, Santiago Moreno, Yimmi Chara, Dairon Asprilla.

Aljaz Ivacic made five saves last Saturday for his fifth shutout of the year, while Bill Tuiloma He has been without a goal since the end of May.

Erik Williamson will be left out due to accumulation of yellow cards, while Diego Gutierrez (foot) and blake physically (hamstring) could be out with injuries.

ryan gauld Y Christian Dajome each scored in their draw against Cincy on Wednesday, while Dajome also assisted in his opener, putting him ahead of Deiber Caicedo for the team leader and Tosaint Ricketts he got his first assist of the campaign on the tying goal.

Caicedo and Dajome found the back of the net in their comeback victory in Portland last year, with brian white counting one in the middle, while lucas cavallini he has had a beautiful comeback season, leading them in goals this season with six.

The Caps have acquired Julian Gressel from DC United in exchange for $600,000 in general allocation money (GAM) plus another $300,000 in GAM incentives.

Sartini will face numerous players outside the lineup this weekend such as Sebastian Berhalter (stress fracture of the right foot), Caicedo (meniscus surgery of the right knee), Andres Cubas (discomfort in the left adductor) and Christian Gutierrez (left calf) are all suffering from injuries right now.

However, the list does not end there, as Thomas Hashal (left hand, crooked finger), Louis Martin (left calf strain), Marco Godinho (left knee) are also going through injuries, while javanese brown Y cody cropper they were forced to leave the field on Wednesday due to concussion protocol.

Potential Portland Timbers starting lineup:
Ivacic; Bravo, Zuparic, Tuiloma, Van Rankin; D. Chara, Paredes; Y. Chara, Blanco, Moreno; Niezgoda

Possible Vancouver Whitecaps starting lineup:
Cultivator; Blackmon, Nerwinski, Godoy; Dajome, Teibert, Owusu, Raposo; Gallic; Cavallini, White


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We Say: Portland Timbers 3-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

The Timbers look like a different team since the international break and are playing with a lot more fire than we saw at the start of the season, showing that they are still a tough team to play against.

With Cubas likely sidelined for this matchup, that should allow the Timbers to play through the middle much more easily and find their share of scoring opportunities, which we think will be enough to earn three points.

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