Fans waited a few years, but the Vancouver Whitecaps will enjoy their first-ever home playoff game tonight when they meet the Portland Timbers under the friendly confines of BC Place at 7pm.
The ‘Caps and their Cascadia Cup rivals played to a scoreless draw in their first leg last weekend in Portland and are tied at zeroes on aggregate.
The game is sold out, with 27,000 strong expected to pack the lower bowl. The team has advertised there are still some suites available.
All eyes will be on how head coach Carl Robinson chooses to deploy team captain Pedro Morales, who has been hobbled by a hamstring injury over a month ago and last weekend played sparingly in the club’s draw against Portland. The attacking Chilean midfielder has been a key factor in getting Vancouver to the postseason in the first place.
On the Timbers’ side of the pitch, the club is winless in four efforts against Vancouver, but their decent road record of 7-7-2 is reason for confidence.