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MLS Gamethread: Week 13 (Cascadia Week)

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Portland and Vancouver go head to head in our Game of the Week

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Vancouver and Portland in the Rose City today, free on MLS Live or available on Root Sports. That's the big one this weekend, and of course we are all rooting for a tie game. Predictors at MLSsoccer have the team with three wins all year taking victory again, even if the level of competition is a few notches higher. We all saw what Vancouver can do a week ago. It isn't likely that Portland just walks over the Whitecaps tomorrow.

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Saturday


4:00PM DC United-Sporting KC (DC)


5:30PM FC Dallas-San Jose Earthquakes (Univision) (DAL)


Sunday






GAME OF THE WEEK

The soccer gods heard that you wanted goals, so they gave you this match. Both teams can score until the net breaks. Vancouver will feast on the centerback pairing of Danso and Paparatto, and if the Timbers want to keep this from being like their Seattle match, Diego Chara will need to stay central as much as possible to prevent Vancouver from unleashing their long shots. Look for Portland to attack from wide positions, trying to get the ball to the head of new striker Fanendo Adi. Maybe they can goad Jay DeMerit into another "PK". These are big points: A Portland win puts them in a playoff zone for the first time this year (though Vancouver has played two fewer games. 
(Prediction: POR)