Portland Timbers (14-8-11, 50 pts.) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (15-7-11, 52 pts.)

MLS: Sun, Oct. 22, 4:00 PM ET @ Providence Park (Portland, OR)

Money Line: POR -150, VAN +390                     Draw: +315

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Free MLS Timbers vs. Whitecaps Pick

Sunday is Decision Day for the MLS as the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps face off for the Western Conference title. Also at stake is the Cascadia Cup, an event created in 2004 by supporters of the Whitecaps, Timbers and Seattle Sounders, the three best teams of that conference.

Vancouver is in first place with 52 points. Winning this match will earn them only the conference title. The point system for the Cascadia Cup has put them out of the running for that prize. Star Forward Fredy Montero is set to be one of the team’s starters. In 32 matches, he has put up 13 goals and six assists. Another projected starter, Forward Christian Techera, has done six goals and four assists in 28 matches. The Whitecaps have lost the last three out of five away games and were scoreless in those losses.

The Timbers are two points behind the Whitecaps. If they win or draw this game, they will get only the conference title and the cup. Therefore, failure is not an option. Midfielder Diego Valeri is scheduled to be one of the starters for today’s game. He leads the MLS in penalty goals and has done 21 goals and nine assists in 31 matches. Sebastian Blanco, another projected starting midfielder, has put up eight goals and four assists in 32 matches. The team has won five consecutive games at home this year along with 10 out of 16 overall home games.

Free MLS Timbers vs. Whitecaps Prediction

When these two teams battled last time in April, the Timbers won 2-1. In fact, the team has won the last four out of five matches against the Whitecaps. The one thing that could keep them from being able to hang on is the absence of Forward Fanendo Adi who is out due to a hamstring injury. Vancouver, on the other hand, does not have a lot to lose now that they no longer qualify for the Cascadia Cup. It is obvious that they already made the MLS Cup playoffs, but a loss means they will take the second seed in the West. I think in the end, Portland has the better odds and projection despite Adi’s absence. It will be a win-win scenario for them.

]Giovanna’s Pick: Portland -150