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Coffee with the Caps, Friday September 10

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Good Friday morning Caps fans, hope you all are ready for a relaxing weekend after this busy week (I know I am).

First, though, we have to grapple with a bit of Cascadia Cup-induced anxiety, as the Caps take on the Portland Timbers tonight at BC Place. The Timbers are, of course, one of Vancouver’s chief rivals for the final couple of playoff spots in the west, with the two sides separated by one point in the razor thin race.

You all don’t need me to hit you over the head that this is an important match — and like every match, big or small, we shall have ample coverage of it here at your friendly neighborhood Whitecaps blog.

After a busy week of international break/transfer rumblings/getting back into the swing of MLS mode ahead of the weekend, let us get caught up on all the links, shall we?

Shameless Self Promotion

Caleb crunches the numbers on the Caps in a post-Gauld world and the results are ... encouraging! We preview the Timbers/Caps tilt here and be sure to get your lineup predictions in.

Best of the Rest

The Canadian Men turned things around, notching a win in their final WCQ match against El Salvador, nabbing a respectable 5 points from the first window of matches — and they did so without Alphonso Davies.

Meanwhile, the U.S. National Team dug deep to smash Honduras in the second half, winning 4-1. What does it mean for Gregg Berhalter? Who the heck knows

Owner Greg Kerfoot is selling his $9 million home. Insert your own jokes here, folks

FIFA is starting to visit potential host cities for the 2026 World Cup, with Canadian venues set to get a visit by the end of November

We now have a playoff schedule, which is news that has a bit more significance to me as a Caps fan than it would have a month ago

It looks like MDS is staying busy after his exit from Vancouver, which is good to see. I think we all wish him well