Returning home from a two-match road trip, the Portland Timbers play host to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in a Cascadia Cup matchup Saturday at JELD-WEN Field.
The match between the Northwest rivals counts towards the Cascadia Cup, a fan-based derby contested between Portland, Vancouver and Seattle Sounders FC.
The Timbers, along with Sounders FC, sit on top of the current 2012 Cascadia Cup standings with four points each; Whitecaps FC has two points.
The Timbers (5-13-6, 21pts) and Whitecaps FC (10-9-7, 37pts) meet for the second time this season. The two sides played to a rain-soaked, 1-1 draw May 26 at JELD-WEN Field. Forward Kris Boyd notched the opening goal for Portland in the second half before Vancouver rookie Darren Mattocks leveled in the 84th minute.
Since both clubs joined MLS in 2011, the Timbers are unbeaten against Whitecaps FC with a 2-0-1 record in the all-time MLS series.
The two longtime rivals meet for a third and final time during the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 21, at BC Place in the Timbers' final road match of the 2012 campaign.
Saturday's match will mark the 72nd meeting all-time between the Timbers and Whitecaps in a rivalry dating back to 1975 and the original North American Soccer League (NASL). The Timbers are 18-10-9 all-time against Vancouver in the Rose City.
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