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a good result should come f
Posted on 2:55pm Jun 26, 2017
VANCOUVER - After fighting for their playoff lives the last month, the Vancouver Whitecaps have one more mountain to climb. Kyle Lowry Jersey .Back-to-back road losses against FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers in mid-September nearly derailed their post-season chances, but the Whitecaps have ripped off three wins and a draw in their last four to climb back up the standings.With one game to go on the schedule, a win, draw, or even a loss this weekend could be enough to get Vancouver into the playoffs for the second time in three years.Despite all the permutations, the Whitecaps are solely focused on the first option.Its pretty simple — win and were in, said defender Steven Beitashour. So thats the main focus right now. Nothing less than a win.The Whitecaps wont know which result theyll need in order to secure the fifth and final playoff spot in Major League Soccers Western Conference until Saturdays game between Portland and Dallas is complete. That game will kick off 90 minutes before Vancouvers home fixture against the Colorado Rapids.Vancouver is one point up on Portland, so the Whitecaps need to at least match the Timbers result in Texas to get into the post-season. For example, a Portland win would mean Vancouver also needs a victory, while a Portland loss would clinch a playoff spot for the Whitecaps.Portland holds the tiebreaker, so ending even on points would hand the Timbers fifth place.I think were going in there in a confident mood, said Vancouver defender Andy OBrien. Weve given ourselves a chance of getting into the playoffs by virtue of the fact that weve played very well and gotten very good results over the last four games.There was a lot of pressure of us to get into this position. We had to play against teams that were doing very well in the league and had a lot of things play for as well.Whitecaps midfielder Russell Teiber said the result of the Timbers game will impact what happens at B.C. Place Stadium, but stressed the Whitecaps cant expect favours from other teams.We understand what happens if they lose, if they win, if they draw, but we have a game we need to take care of ourselves, said the Niagara Falls, Ont., native. I know thats going to be a cliche answer from a lot of the guys, but its the right answer, its the only answer.If we dont take care of business were not getting in.Added Beitashour: This past month has just been about us. No ones helping us out and whats going to change the last game of the season? Were really not expecting any help from anybody.That frame of mind helped Vancouver knock off Dallas, Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders — all playoff teams — in impressive fashion to keep them in the chase.We said four games ago that we have five Cup finals to play for, so weve been in that playoff mentality for weeks now, said Teibert. That does give us an advantage because weve been in pressure situations where weve needed to win games — not just wanted to win, weve needed to win — and weve done so.But Vancouver (11-8-14) is in this position of clinging to the final playoff spot not because of its ability to beat good teams, but rather an inability to get past MLS doormats, including two losses to the Rapids (8-17-8) this season.Against the higher-ranked teams weve done better, but I dont think you can really underestimate any team in this league, said OBrien. We want to win the game, but weve got to be sensible how we do it. We cant go out there and try and be gung-ho and give up goals, but we do understand the emphasis of winning the game.The Whitecaps admitted that the worst result psychologically from the Portland-Dallas game would be a draw, meaning Vancouver could get in the playoffs with a point of its own. But playing for ties is dangerous because all it takes is a mistake or a moment of magic for things to change drastically. I dont think you can mess about. I dont think you can dictate results here, said OBrien. Theres so many variables that can happen in a game. I think youve got to concentrate, do your job, and the objective is to get the three points.If Dallas beats Portland on Saturday, its conceivable that Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson will get as many of his veterans off the pitch as soon as possible with an eye on the one-game No. 4 versus No. 5 playoff game that would go mid-week on the road against Dallas or Real Salt Lake.Well probably get a feel for the (Portland-Dallas) game from the supporters, said the 35-year-old OBrien. Im sure if its going our way theyll be cheering, or theyll be cheering us on if we need to pull (out a win).I think its very strange the two games are not being played at the same time, given the importance.The Rapids have been miserable in the second half of the season and are winless in their last 13 (0-11-2), but Vancouver will have to be wary, especially after the Whitecaps played to a 0-0 road draw against the lowly San Jose Earthquakes last weekend.They have nothing to lose, so its always tough in that case, said Beitashour. Especially the way we play, we love playing those top teams. You look at the last three wins, Salt Lake, Dallas and Seattle — top teams. We do well against them.Its the bottom teams that frighten us a little bit. We have to make sure we come out prepared (and) fight, scrap just as if they were a first-place team. We have to give everything we have and a good result should come from that.———Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter Tracy Mcgrady Raptors Jersey . 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