July17-Portland-Preview

Vancouver Whitecaps FC will look to continue their climb up the Western Conference standings on Sunday when they head across the border to face Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers. The 'Caps and Timbers are separated by only one point in the Western Conference with the winner potentially jumping above the playoff line.

Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Sunday, July 17, 2022 – 7:30 p.m. PT
Providence Park – Portland, OR
BROADCAST: TSN1 - RADIO: AM730 - ONLINE: TSN Direct
Pre-match show: 6:30 p.m. PT (AM730)

CASCADIA AWAY CLASH: After claiming a mid-week draw in Cincinnati, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are set to make the trek down the I-5 for a key Western Conference showdown. The 'Caps, who have collected points in six of their last eight MLS matches, claimed victory in their last visit to Portland back in October 2021 with a come-from-behind 3-2 win.

GRINDING ON THE ROAD: Across their last four road matches, the Blue and White have tallied a 2W-1L-1D record, picking up victories against Western Conference sides Sporting KC and FC Dallas. During that spell, the 'Caps have scored six goals and claimed two clean sheets on the road.

RESILIENCY: On Wednesday night, missing nine players due to injury as well as illness to start the match and losing another two players to injury during the first half, the 'Caps once again showed resiliency coming from behind twice to earn a draw in Cincinnati. The effort from the group echoes head coach Vanni Sartini's motto that the team is the leader.