Whitecaps FC continue their playoff hunt on Wednesday when they travel across the border to face Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers at Providence Park. The 'Caps are currently one point outside of the playoff places, two points behind fifth place, and only six points back of Portland for fourth.
Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – 7 p.m. PT
Providence Park, Portland, OR
BROADCAST: TSN1 - RADIO: AM730 - ONLINE: TSN Direct
Pre-match show: 6 p.m. PT (AM730)
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Ranko VeselinovićBUSY STRETCH:** After a crucial 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City Sunday night at BC Place, Vancouver Whitecaps FC embark on a two-game road trip, starting on Wednesday, October 20 against Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers at Providence Park and culminating on Saturday, October 23 against playoff-chasing San Jose Earthquakes at PayPal Park. Wednesday's contest marks the 'Caps second of five matches in 17 days as they look to continue their push for a spot in the 2021 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. The 'Caps currently sit eighth in the Western Conference with 40 points, a single point outside of the playoff places behind seventh place Minnesota United FC, as well as two points behind sixth place LA Galaxy and fifth place Real Salt Lake.
ROAD FORM: Over their last nine road games, the 'Caps have proven to be one of the most difficult teams in the Western Conference to beat away from home, picking up points in eight of those matches (1W-1L-7D). During this run, the team has scored 11 goals and has only failed to score twice, both occasions coming in 0-0 draws. With three of the final five regular season games coming on the road, it'll be crucial for the 'Caps to grab points away from home.
WHITE GAULD: The 'Caps offence continues to click in large part to the play of striker Brian White and attacking midfielder Ryan Gauld. White has scored or assisted on the 'Caps last eight goals (6G, 2A), while Gauld has tallied a goal and two assists, while also registering a total of 10 key passes, in the last three matches.