VANCOUVER, B.C. – Two sides eliminated from USL Cup Playoffs contention still have plenty to play for, with local pride at stake as Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 welcomes Portland Timbers 2 to McLeod Athletic Park for a 3 p.m. PT kickoff on Saturday afternoon as T2 begins a four-game road trip to end the regular season.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 news and notes
Current record: 5-16-8, 23pts
WFC2 comes into this match following a heavy 4-0 defeat to Phoenix Rising FC last Sunday afternoon at Thunderbird Stadium.
Vancouver conceded twice in the first six minutes and from there it never got back into the match as Rising FC continued a strong defensive run on its road trip.
WFC2 recorded 14 shots against Rising FC, but saw its seven shots on target stymied by Phoenix goalkeeper Josh Cohen as he recorded his sixth shutouts of the season.
Vancouver has been held winless in its last four matches, scoring just once in that span while conceding nine goals.
Portland Timbers 2 news and notes
Current record: 2-20-6, 12pts
Portland enters Saturday's match following a 2-0 loss to Phoenix Rising this past Wednesday night at Providence Park.
T2 conceded in the eighth minute, and another strong Phoenix defensive performance was vital as Rising FC controlled the match well for a win that clinched a place in the USL Cup Playoffs.
After a three-match unbeaten run, T2 has suffered back-to-back defeats as it begins a four-game road trip to wrap up the regular season.
Portland will have young defender Harold Hanson available for selection again after he served a one-game suspension for caution accumulation on Wednesday night.
Vancouver – GK: Spencer Richey, Sean Melvin, Mark Village; D: Cole Seiler, Jacob Nerwinski, Francis DeVries, Dominick Zator, Andy Thoma, Brett Levis, Danny Barbir, Chris Serban, Deklan Wynne, Kadin Chung; M: Nazeem Bartman, Marco Bustos, David Norman Jr., Patrick Metcalfe, William Seymore, Terran Campbell, Thomas Gardner, Matthew Baldisimo, Michael Baldisimo, Noah Verhoeven; F: Myer Bevan, Thomas Sanner, Gloire Amanda, Theo Bair
Portland – GK: Wade Hamilton, Christian Herrera, Kendall McIntosh; D: Michael Amick, Kyle Bjornethun, Rennico Clarke, Ben Zemanski, Coby Atkinson, Shaquille Jimenez, Amobi Okugo, Max Ornstil; M: Jack Barmby, Russell Cicerone, Tomas Granitto, Terrell Lowe, Omar Mohamed, Bill Tuiloma, Adrian Villegas, Renzo Zambrano, Carlos Anguiano, Akil Watts; F: Victor Arboleda, Gio Calixtro, Jeremy Ebobisse, Augustine Williams
Vancouver – Accumulation warning: David Norman Jr.
Portland – Accumulation warning: Lamar Batista
REF: JUAN MARQUEZ
AR1: Chris Wattam
AR2: Stefan Tanaka-Freundt
4TH: Candace Brown
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