On a day the Whitecaps had a chance to control their destiny and clinch a playoff berth, the Timbers came into BC Place and spoiled the party winning 1-0, claiming the Cascadia Cup. The only goal of the match came late in the first half when Jack Jewsbury was able to beat Brad Knighton from distance.
But salvation came 220 miles down I-5 about two hours later when FC Dallas lost in Seattle, making Vancouver the first ever Canadian side to make the post season.
The Whitecaps didn’t take long to generate their first chance of the match as Robson was able to find Camilo alone in the box. However, the Brazilian’s header attempt on goal was caught by Ricketts keeping the game scoreless in the first five minutes.
About ten minutes later the Whitecaps were almost gifted the lead when Timbers defender Steven Smith volleyed a cross on net which forced Ricketts into a big save. The visitors came up with their first chance when Smith attempted a shot from distance but a block from Rochat kept the ball off target.
Consistent pressure eventually led to the Caps next chance when Watson sent in a cross to Camilo whose shot missed the net for a goal kick. It was the Timbers turn to apply pressure as a cross from the right side was headed on goal by Dike forcing Knighton into a diving stop.
The Timbers continued to carry the play and in the 39th minute made the Whitecaps pay when Songo’o set up the ball for Jewsbury who made no mistake from distance beating Knighton with a perfectly placed ball into the top of the net. A late attempt that was heading into the net by Robson was caught by Ricketts and Timbers would carry the lead into halftime.
Coming out of the break the Whitecaps attempted to level the score with a Miller cross which connected with Robson but was sent over the bar. Another attempt was made by the Caps when Robson sent in a rainbow pass to Camilo but was cut out by a charging Ricketts.
More pressure from the Caps led to consecutive crossed with the best chance coming when Robson sent one in from the right side that Miller flicked over the bar. Then Robson got his own chance from outside the box but once again the attempt sailed over the net for a goal kick.
Despite the need for points, the Whitecaps were unable to generate any serious chances in the final ten minutes plus injury time falling by a score of 1-0. It was a truly disappointing result for the Whitecaps who have yet to beat a Cascadia rival in their MLS history.
The Whitecaps will finish the regular season next week on the road in Salt Lake before they prepare for their first MLS playoff game where they will face last season’s MLS Cup Champions, the LA Galaxy, in Southern California.
FINAL SCORE: WHITECAPS FC 0-1 TIMBERS FC
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS: KNIGHTON; LEE, O’BRIEN, DEMERIT, HARVEY; ROCHAT (RICHARDS 61st Minute), WATSON (SALGADO 77th Minute), KOFFIE, ROBSON; MILLER, CAMILO (MATTOCKS 67th Minute) (Subs Not Used: CANNON, BONJOUR, DAVIDSON, THORRINGTON,)
PORTLAND TIMBERS: RICKETTS; KIMURA, MOSQUERA (BRUNNER 48th Minute), HORST, SMITH; JEWSBURY, CHARA, ZIZZO, NAGBE, SONGO’O (WALLACE 67th Minute); DIKE (MWANGA 85th Minute) (Subs Not Used: BEDNIK, PALMER, ALEXANDER, FUCITO,)