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USL Match Preview – #VANvPOR

By USLSoccer.com Staff, 09/29/17, 8:59AM EDT

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Cascadia battle begins season-ending road trip for Portland

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.

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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.

Series Notes

  • WFC2 has extended its lead in the all-time series between the teams with a pair of 1-0 victories previously this season, which has given it a 7-3-0 record against its Cascadia rival.

Squads

  • 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

Discipline

  • Vancouver – Accumulation warning: David Norman Jr.

  • Portland – Accumulation warning: Lamar Batista

Officials

  • REF: JUAN MARQUEZ

  • AR1: Chris Wattam

  • AR2: Stefan Tanaka-Freundt

  • 4TH: Candace Brown

Game hashtag:

  • #VANvPOR

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