The Portland Timbers begin their playoff quest with a series dripping in irony. They face their rivals to the north, the Vancouver Whitecaps, whom they lost to in last year's semifinals. In addition both of these franchises will jump to MLS status next season. Tomorrow night is leg 1 of the home and home aggregate series in Vancouver at 7:30. Sunday is leg 2 at Merlo Field on the UP campus at 6pm. I had a chance to catch up with defender Steve Purdy for a preview. You can see tomorrow night's game at 7:30 on FSN.