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Cascadia Cup: Portland Timbers @ Vancouver Whitecaps Match Thread [4:00 pm]

This is it! Cascadia Cup game day between the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps. Use this thread for all your match day discussion.

Kim Stallknecht

The Portland Timbers will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps today. Look at Vancouver's history for this season would paint a decent chance for tonight's game, as the team has a 3-4-3 record so far. Still, coming off a 3-1 victory over the LA Galaxy is no easy feat and the Timbers would be wise to not assume an easy game is at hand. Of course, Cascadia Cup games, one should never assume that the match will be easy. Even during the Timbers' terrible season in 2012, they still managed to win the Cascadia Cup trophy.

Here are all the details you need:

General Information

Watch it on: ROOT SPORTS

Kick off: 4:00 pm at BC Place, Vancouver, Canada.

Portland Timbers: 18 points in the Western Conference.

Vancouver Whitecaps: 12 points in the Western Conference.

Starting Lineups

Portland Timbers:

Donovan Ricketts; Jack Jewsbury, Michael Harrington, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Futty Danso; Diego Valeri, Diego Chara, Will Johnson; Darlington Nagbe, Rodney Wallace, Ryan Johnson

Bench: Jake Gleeson, Frederic Piquionne, Sal Zizzo, Pa Modou Kah, Jose Adolfo Valencia, Kalif Alhassan, Ben Zemanski

Vancouver Whitecaps:

Brad Knighton; Young-Pyo Lee, Brad Rusin, Andy O'Brien, Jordan Harvey; Gershon Koffie, Jun Marques Davidson, Nigel Reo-Coker; Erik Hurtado, Russell Teibert, Camilo Sanvezzo

Bench: Joe Cannon, Carlyle Mitchell, Alain Rochat, Matt Watson, Corey Hertzog, Tommy Heinemann, Darren Mattocks

Final Thoughts

Three points tonight would see the Timbers land 21 points. For reference, in 2012, it took the Timbers until August 15th in 2012 to reach 21 points. This time in 2012 (mid May), the Timbers were sitting at just 12 points. That's a huge gain over the previous season. More than that, however, three points would give the Timbers a fighting chance for the remainder of the Cascadia Cup tournament. They already drew the Sounders in Seattle, now they need to win, or at the very least draw, the Whitecaps in Vancouver. Get it done boys.

REMINDER: Get in your predictions over on our Prediction Thread before the game starts to be counted for next week's results.