Colin's Keys

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Here are Colin’s keys as the 'Caps head south to take on Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers.

Stay compact

Portland are good on the break, as they always have been.

Seattle saw that last weekend in a 3-0 home loss to the Timbers.

The 'Caps need to stay compact defensively.

Play quickly

The Timbers play at a frenetic pace at Providence Park.

The 'Caps need to be up for the pace of the game from the start.

And they need to play quickly.

Pressure the back four

The 'Caps need to get shots and pressure on the Timbers keeper and back four.

All can be erratic at times.