The Vancouver Whitecaps won’t be playing in the post-season this year but the team is still acutely aware of its ability to determine who does make the playoffs.

For the second week in a row, the Whitecaps will have an opportunity to make another club’s journey to the playoffs a little more difficult when they host Columbus Crew SC on Saturday.

Columbus comes to Vancouver in the midst of a hot streak having lost just one of its last 10 games. Despite the recent results, the Crew still sit six points out of a post-season berth.

"It would be great to spoil their party," Whitecaps centre back Doneil Henry said after training on Friday.

Facing a hungry team is nothing new for the ‘Caps.

Last week they hosted the Houston Dynamo who were also battling to extend their season. Vancouver (7-15-9) snatched a 2-1 victory thanks to a last-minute goal by striker Fredy Montero.

The match leaves the Whitecaps well-prepared to face Columbus (9-15-7), said coach Marc Dos Santos.