Portland Timbers 2 - 1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Just like Henry David Thoreau going into Walden Lake, the Whitecaps were ready with axes in hand to take down the Timber…
However this time around there was to be no winning come back for the Whitecaps. In the second of Vancouver's Cascadia Cup ties, last night game with the Portland Timber saw all three points go to the home team in a 2 -1 win for the Timbers.
In a month which started so brightly for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC with a 4 -2 win over Chicago Fire, the side from B.C were brought back to reality suffering their second 4 - 0 defeat in 3 matches at the hands of D.C United last weekend.
Half-season no-wonder coach Tommy Soehn made three changes going into the game. After conceding 4 goals last weekend Jay Nolly was dropped in favour of Joe Cannon. There also were starts for Davide Chiumiento and Jeb Brovsky.
Although geographically the two teams are around 500km apart, football wise Portland were miles better.
The 500 visiting fans from Vancouver were quickly left thinking of the return journey when Diego Chara snatched a goal for Portland within the opening minutes.
Caps midfielder Gershon Koffie was out muscled in the centre of the park by Kenny Cooper, which unfortunately left the Ghanian surrounded by green shirts. The loose ball fell to Jake Jewsbury who easily ran into the Vancouver half. Jewsbury played in Jorge Perlaza on the edge of the area who's difficult pass was neatly controlled away from Michael Boxall and smashed past Cannon by Diego Chara for a 1 - 0 Portland Timbers lead.
In a half which the home side dominated Vancouver did show some signs that an equaliser was possible. Koffie looking to repay his team for the mistake which lead to the first goal hit a shot wide from distance. Camilo also went close with a corner that was not dealt with by the Timbers.
30 minutes gone the Timbers had their second, moments earlier Chara tested Cannon with a volley from outside area which was a gift by some poor Vancouver defending.
For the 2 - 0 Jewsbury was amongst the action again making the Whitecaps defence look like vampires...as they were scared of Jewsbury's cross.
The ball into the box eventually found the back of the net after the Whitecaps failed to clear their lines and Jorge Perlaza was quickest to react to the loose ball toe poking in the second goal of the game after setting up the first.
After the half time both sides had their chance to get the games third goal, the Timbers failed to further punish the Whitecaps with a great display of attacking football and Eric Hassli forced a save from Portland’s Troy Perkin.
Vancouver continued their winless run away from home and 5 minutes into the second looked as if it could be another busy night for the Whitecaps goalie. Koffie again put his team under more pressure heading a pass back in the Vancouver area where Chara read the ball playing a square pass to Kalif Alhassan but the 20 year old smashed his attempt off the post from 8 yards.
In a bid to try and get something from the game and seeing the danger the Timbers where in front of goal Soehn make three subs throughout the half bringing on Shea Salinas, Mustapha Jarju and Omar Salago.
Vancouver did give the traveling supporters something cheer about with a quick passing move from the back line which lead to Camilo finding the back of the net in the final minutes of game.
On the halfway line Boxall started a triangle move playing the ball forward to Salinas who passed it wide to Jordan Harvey. The former Philadelphia Union player made a pass which cut though the Timber midfield landing at the feet of Camilo who turned inside the area to hit the his shot up and under beating Perkins in goal for a 2 -1 final score.
Unlucky for some…
Suffering their 13th loss of the season Vancouver will want to end August like they started the month with a win. Houston Dynamo are the Caps next opponents at Empire Field where hopefully the Whitecaps can avoid a third game without a win.