Colin's Keys for a big match in Portland

Colin Miller's Keys to the Match

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Here are Colin’s keys for a massive tilt with the Timbers in Portland.

Settle into the match quickly

It's no secret that there is a real passion among supporters of the three Cascadia teams, and Portland have one of the loudest crowds in the league.

They can be a massive boost for the Timbers.

How quickly can the 'Caps settle down and take the crowd out of the game?

Understanding between players

With three matches in seven days, there will need to be some level of rotation.

With that said, there also needs to be an understanding between the players.

If they can get into rhythm together they can give themselves a good chance.

Keep the team identity

The 'Caps have done well to play to their identity during this late season push for the playoffs.

They will need to continue to do that in Portland on Wednesday.

That means pressing high and punishing the Timbers if they give up possession, then taking their chances when they come.