'Caps at Timbers pre-match media


The top two clubs in the USSF D-2 Pro League clash in Oregon tonight, as NASL Conference leaders Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2W-0L-1D) meet Pacific Northwest rivals and USL Conference leaders Portland Timbers (2W-0L-1D) at PGE Park.

Full-Time, Vancouver's Soccer Show - @fulltimesoccer
Tyler Green (@tylergreen1040) and Mike Martignago (@MikeMartignago) are joined by The Province's Marc Weber (@ProvinceWeber) to preview tonight's match between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers. CLICK HERE to hear the podcast.

The Province - Big fella fit to fell a Timber or two - @ProvinceWeber
...Michigan native relishes chance to replace injured Mouloud Akloul

The Whitecaps confirmed Tuesday what everyone who saw Mouloud Akloul writhing in pain Saturday suspected: the newly signed centre back will be out for a long time.

Four months was the assessment that followed Monday's surgery to repair a broken left ankle.

It's not the way Greg Janicki wanted to win back his starting spot, but he's hoping to make the best of the opportunity starting Thursday at the Portland Timbers. CLICK HERE to read the article.

Weber's blog: Back of the Net - Steele set for Whitecaps debut

The Vancouver Sun - Whitecaps face first big test of season - @bconstantineau
...Host Portland Timbers boast league's top scorer and mirror Vancouver's undefeated record

The Vancouver Whitecaps face their toughest test of the young season tonight when they battle their mirror image - the Portland Timbers -at PGE Park in the City of Roses.

Both teams lead their respective USSF D-2 conferences with 2-0-1 records and boast improved squads this year as they prepare to join Major League Soccer in 2011.

"It will be our first big test to see where we're at this year," said Caps captain Martin Nash. "They have big strong guys and can play with the ball as well so we're going to have to keep better possession than we have." CLICK HERE to read the article.

The Vancouver Sun - Portland no place for English retirees - @bconstantineau
...Timbers leery about signing fading stars

Many English Premier League and Championship League players are keen to play in Major League Soccer next season but they'll have to come with the right attitude to land in Portland.  "They can't come over here to retire," Portland Timbers coach and general manager Gavin Wilkinson said in an interview. "They have to look at how they can come here and benefit the organization and the game." CLICK HERE to read the article.

The Oregonian - The Suns' Nash isn't the only Nash who will lead his team - Geoffrey C. Arnold

The Nash brothers will perform in Portland tonight, but they'll play in front of separate audiences.

Martin Nash will play for the Vancouver Whitecaps against the Portland Timbers in a soccer match at PGE Park while his better-known brother, Steve, will lead the Phoenix Suns against the Trail Blazers in Game 6 of their first-round NBA playoff series at the Rose Garden. CLICK HERE to read the article.


CLICK HERE for Whitecaps FC match preview and CLICK HERE for Portland Timbers match preview.