Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers face each other in the first week of the MLS 2021. The Canadian side will be playing its first match of the year, while the visitors have already taken part in the CONCACAF Champions League. Here, find everything there is to know about this game, such as information, storylines, predictions, odds, and how to watch it.
Marc Dos Santos' squad will make its debut in the new tournament far from home due to travel restrictions in Canada. Whitecaps will be playing its games in the Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake's venue. However, their first task doesn't seem easy at all.
Timbers head to their first MLS game in 2021 with a couple of CCL matches under their belt. Giovanni Savarese's boys sealed a quarterfinal spot in the regional tournament after beating modest Marathón 5-0 (7-2 on aggregate) at Providence Park. Can they start off their journey in the local competition in the same way?
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers: Match Information
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Time: 10 PM (ET)
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers: Time by State in the US
ET: 10 PM
CT: 9 PM
MT: 8 PM
PT: 7 PM
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers: Storylines
Whitecaps will kick off the new season hoping to have a better campaign than in 2020, when they finished 9th at the Western Conference and missed the playoffs by three points. The team coached by Marc Dos Santos has a tough ordeal to begin with, though.
Portland Timbers return to MLS action aiming to pick up where they left and to push for an even better result this year. Following its MLS is Back tournament title, the Oregon side proved once again its power in the West finishing third, but were suddenly kicked out by Dallas in the Conference Quarterfinals. Savarese can rely on important figures who have what's necessary to bounce back, and Timbers have already began the year advancing to the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals in great fashion.
How to watch or live stream Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers in the US
The season-opening game between Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers in the MLS 2021 will be broadcasted in the US by ESPN+, Root Sports Northwest, and SiriusXM FC.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers: Predictions and Odds
Predictions have already been made by bookmakers ahead of this game, and the visitors seem to be favorites. FanDuel has given Portland Timbers odds of -160, while Vancouver Whitecaps have +350, and a tie would result in a +300 payout.
* Odds via FanDuel.