Vancouver Whitecaps seeking triple crown on Saturday nightOctober 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Whitecaps season 2014 | Leave a comment
Tags: MLS playoffs, Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps
This Saturday night’s regular season finale at BC Place against the Colorado Rapids promises to be a special one. If the Vancouver Whitecaps win the match, fans are guaranteed to be celebrating an auspicious triple crown which includes the Cascadia Cup, CONCACAF Champion’s League qualification, and a place in the Major League Soccer playoffs. The first two have been achieved, but the last is still at stake.
At 5:30PM our playoff rivals the Portland Timbers will be playing Dallas FC away from home. If the Timbers lose that game, they are out of the MLS playoff and we will be able to party during our game, which begins at 7PM at BC Place. If the Timbers win or tie, we must win the match verses Colorado, because tie-breakers go against us. Whatever happens it will be a night of drama to remember.
It is advantage Whitecaps because Dallas FC will be highly motivated to beat the Timbers in order to leap over Real Salt Lake into third in the standings. If Dallas win they will avoid the one match shootout the fourth placed team must play against the fifth placed team to determine who will proceed in the in the Western Conference play-offs. Furthermore, Portland will be playing its third game in 9 days because of its mid-week trip to Honduras to play a match in the CONCACAF Champions League. The Timber’s weary squad will have to face a well-rested Dallas FC which is traditionally fierce at home.
The night will also feature Jay DeMerit’s retirement celebration. Prior to the match we fans will get to celebrate the wonderful leadership he brought to our team during its MLS infancy .
All in all it is shaping up to be the biggest celebration for the Vancouver Whitecap’s fans since match day one back in March of 2011 when we beat Toronto FC 4-2 in our very first MLS match.