Vancouver are closing their first MLS season without much to be proud of, last on the aggregate table due to their poor away results. This position formed long ago and Whitecaps just live with it, not giving up games though and the lack of pressure is a kind of plus for the team. Before the latest loss from Seattle Vancouver won 2 games in row at home - 4-2 over Chicago and 1-0 over Houston, pulled 1-1 draw away at New York. Excluding few long-term missings Whitecaps are with full squad, the Swiss defender Alain Rochat returns after serving a ban against Seattle.
It is important to mention that this is the first game at BC Place which Whitecaps will use from now on, a reason to write a good result for the history.
The other newcomers in MLS Portland decreased a lot their prospect to reach the playoffs in the last 2 rounds with 1-1 at home with San Jose and 0-2 at New York, chance still exists but it is more vague than realistic. As Vancouver, Timbers suffer bad on the road, 1-4-9 with just 7 goals scored in 14 away games. The only win outside Portland was in the middle of July, narrow 1-0 in Chicago.
In addition, Portland will be missing 2 key midfielders (both suspended) - captain Jack Jewsbury (28 games, 7 goals) and Kalif Alhassan (29 games). They have a small squad, playing with a core of 12-13 players whole season and this will affect the midfield for sure.
Although last on the table Vancouver are not so easy at home and for the 2-3 reasons mentioned above look OK covered with draw (0 hc, DNB, pk).