Author’s note: Red, White and Green is Playing for 90′s column aimed at focusing on the Cascadian (Pacific Northwest) teams. In MLS, three teams – Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver – battle for the Cascadia Cup each year. Red, White, and Green will give a critical eye to Cascadia teams. The column is named Red, White, and Green based on the team colors. Red for the Portland Timbers as they are known as “Rose City”, white for the Vancouver Whitecaps as it is their primary color when they play, and lastly green for the Seattle Sounders as they wear “Rave Green” for most matches, home or away.
Sep 13, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Vancouver FC reacts to a non call in the FC Dallas zone as time ends during the match at Toyota Stadium. FC Dallas defeats Vancouver FC 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The 2014 Major League Soccer season is heading into the final month of the season and there are a few teams battling for a playoff spot. The Vancouver Whitecaps are one of those teams with four matches remaining. The Whitecaps are currently sitting in the fifth and final playoff spot, but their lead is far from secure as they are only one point ahead of their Cascadia rivals, the Portland Timbers.
The next two matches for the Whitecaps will be no walk in the park. On Saturday they will host FC Dallas, who are coming off a 3-1 win over the Seattle Sounders, and will be relatively rested as they have not played a match since September 24th.
Their second match will be against the Sounders on Friday night October 10th. Not only are the Whitecaps fighting to hold on to their playoff spot, they will also be looking to retain the Cascadia Cup. Both teams have a lot to play for in this match. Not only are the Sounders trying to reclaim the Cascadia Cup for the first time since 2011, they are trying to also remain at the top of the table for the Supporters Shield.
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The final two games for the Whitecaps should be a little bit easier as the face the San Jose Earthquakes and the Colorado Rapids. I know nothing is guaranteed when playing professional sports but I could see the Whitecaps coming out with six points in these last two matches. There is still an outside chance that the Earthquakes could be in a position to make the playoffs, but those chances are very slim.
I’m sure Don Garber and the rest of MLS talking heads are looking forward to this final month of league play because so many possibilities remain on who could and could not make the playoffs.