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Three storylines for tonight's massive clash versus FC Dallas

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC (15W-12L-4D) host FC Dallas (15W-10L-5D) at BC Place tonight as they attempt to clinch a spot in the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs. Tickets are still available.

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. PT TV: TSN RADIO: TSN 1410

Here are three storylines to get you set for the match. 

WITHIN GRASP

For the second time in five days, Whitecaps FC have a chance to clinch a playoff berth.

This time around, a draw would allow the 'Caps to lock up a spot. But expect head coach Carl Robinson to go for three points, which would vault Vancouver back to the top of the table.

Despite the short turnaround after last Saturday's 1-1 draw in San Jose, watch for the 'Caps to be up and ready for this matchup with their Western Conference rival, for whom they have little love lost. "I love to hate Dallas," goalkeeper David Ousted summed it up perfectly on Monday.

TEXAS TWO-STEP

The Western Conference playoff landscape will be shaped largely by what happens in the next two fixtures with the Toros.

In home-and-home series with both matches in MLS competition, the 'Caps are 2W-3L-1D in their five-year history in the league. They are undefeated at home with two wins and one draw.

Can Vancouver protect their home turf once again?

WHO WILL STEP UP?

Time and time again, we've seen players step up to the plate for the 'Caps.

Steven Beitashour (one-match suspension due to yellow card accumulation) and Kendall Waston (international duty) are unavailable, and Pedro Morales, who hobbled off the pitch last Saturday, may not be in full form.

The 'Caps have never been without both Beitashour and Waston in MLS action since the latter joined the team in August 2014. Will defenders Jordan Smith and Tim Parker answer the call and help the 'Caps punch in their postseason ticket? Be there tonight to find out.

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