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'Caps Chronicle - August 20 2011

Its game day folks! Tonight, Vancouver Whitecaps FC battle Portland Timbers down in Oregon for their first battle in MLS.“Five hundred Whitecaps supporters will head to the City of Roses to help fill a soccer stadium that has sold out all season in an atmosphere that is arguably the most lively and intense in all MLS” (Bruce Constantineau – Vancouver Sun).

Looking for a reliable preview to get you ready for tonight’s match-up? “Portland probably needs wins on Saturday against Vancouver and on Wednesday at home against Chivas USA to maintain any reasonable playoff hope. On the other hand, knocking their fellow expansion pals from playoff contention would be a highlight…” (Paul Dazner – The Columbian).

With a long history between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers, tonight’s match-up will be one to remember. “This is the first meeting between the expansion teams in MLS play, although their rivalry dates back to the North American Soccer League, which started in 1968”(AP – Fox Sports).

“A first MLS road win in Portland would set the Caps up nicely to regain the trophy they last won in 2008. Five hundred Vancouver supporters will invade Jeld-Wen Field and do their best to offset the intimidating presence of the Timbers Army” (Vancouver Sun).

Here are some previews of tonight’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC match versus Portland Timbers. “’Caps face Timbers in latest installment of Cascadia Cup” (Los Angeles Times), “Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers Prepare to Meet in the City of Roses” (Boxscore),and  “Whitecaps face Timbers in Cascadia Cup Battle”,  (cbcsports.ca).

Make sure you listen to ‘Whitecaps FC Daily’ with Peter Schaad on TEAM 1410 sports radio throughout the week as he connectswith his partner in crime Paul Dolan to discuss a variety of topics. You can listen right now on teamradio.ca or find the podcast you are looking for HERE.

The show is on every Monday to Friday at 3:00 p.m. PT on AM 1410.   

Need even more soccer updates, information, and soccer perspective? Listen live to ‘Full-Time: Vancouver’s Soccer Show’ with Tyler Green and Mike Martignago’ which can be heard every Sunday from 9:00 – 11:00p.m. PT.

Need a preview for this weekend’s match-up between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers? “Preparing for their second Cascadia Cup derby match of the season, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3W-12L-9D) head to The City of Roses for a Saturday evening showdown with 2011 Major League Soccer expansion cousins Portland Timbers(7W-12L-5D)” (Simon Fudge – whitecapsfc.com).

Love scouting reports? Whitecaps FC seem to have their plans all finalized in this look from ‘The Legend’.  “A rivalry is just what the doctor ordered. When the 'Caps visited Seattle to play Sounders FC in front of a packed house, they put on what I believe to be their best performance on the road against one of the top teams in Major League Soccer, and but for a bad five-minute spell which cost them two goals, it could have been a famous victory”(Carl Valentine – whitecapsfc.com).

Get the latest information on how many supporters will be travelling with Vancouver Whitecaps FC down to Portland for the match today (whitecapsfc.com).