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Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps in the Playoffs: How to Watch, Previews, Match Chat [2:00]

Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Timbers will have another crack at their Canadian Cascadian rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps, tonight as the two teams square off for the first leg of their home and away playoff series. With the 'Caps on a full week's rest and the Timbers' playing again just three days after the Two Post Game against Sporting Kansas City, the home team will need to have gotten their rest during the short turnaround.


Match Preview: "Playing against Vancouver, the Timbers have been frustrated this year by the stellar -- if aggravating -- play of Kendall Waston and Matias Laba, the defensive spine of this Whitecaps team. Waston, one of the league's top centerbacks, is one of the few players that can physically man up on Fanendo Adi without being absolutely controlled by the Timbers' big man, while Laba is consistently one of the best ball winning and distributing holding midfielders in the league."

Match Information

Watch it on: ESPN

Kickoff: 2:00 p.m. PT at Providence Park in Portland, OR

Portland Timbers: 15-11-8 in the regular season, 3rd place in the Western Conference

Vancouver Whitecaps: 15-11-8 in the regular season, 2nd place in the Western Conference