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Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting Vancouver Whitecaps

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Playoffs? Don't talk about playoffs. FCD just hopes to win the game.

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Four games remain between FC Dallas and the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs.

With a chance to clinch its first playoff spot since 2011, FC Dallas controls their own destiny going into Saturday's away match at Vancouver.

Injury Report

The Whitecaps aren't seeing too many injuries hinder them but will be without three players to their lineup.

Out: F Caleb Clarke (quad), M Gershon Koffie (R foot sprain), Andrew Lewis (ACL sprain).

Probable Lineup:

Vancouver will present a very similar lineup to when the two teams last faced each other on Sept. 13 in Dallas.

GK: David Ousted; RB: Steven Beitashour; CB: Kendall Watson, Andy O'Brien; LB: Jordan Harvey; RM: Mauro Rosales, CM: Pedro Morales, Matias Laba: LM: Russel Teibert; F: Sebastian Fernandez, Erik Hurtado.

Key Matchup:

Victor Ulloa vs. Morales: Ulloa will have to contain the diamond in the rough for the Whitecaps. Morales is a playmaker and knows how to set the tempo and pace for his squad. He has 10 goals and 10 assists for his squad. Clubs find success when shutting Morales down. Last week, he scored two goals for the win over Real Salt Lake. If Ulloa can limit Morales's touches in the midfield, FCD will see positive results.

Keys to Three Points.

Defeat the wings. Rosales can cause trouble down his right side. Moises Hernandez will need to keep Rosales from sending in early crosses. FCD will also have to be aware of the outside backs making runs down the side on attack. Beitashour had an assist last week when he struck a ball from the side that found Morales for the goal.

Wash the Whitecaps momentum. Vancouver currently sits fifth in the Western Conference. Nothing would please the Whitecaps more than delaying FCD's playoff berth. Vancouver need every point they can get and would settle for a tie, which the team currently leads the conference in with 13.

Keep feeding Perez. The Panamanian is playing some of his best soccer for FCD right now. He currently holds a three game goal streak heading to Canada. Look for him open in the box and continue to add fuel to his fire. Don't forget David Texeria playing aside him. With two goals against Seattle in FCD's last match, he is destined to keep hitting the back of the net.