Timbers top Whitecaps to secure Cascadia Cup

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By BRYAN ROBISON

With both teams fighting for a chance at two different trophies, the Portland Timbers went into BC Place looking for any way to salvage a seemingly lost season. The mission was accomplished for those Timbers, as they earned a 1-0 victory to not only earn their first road win of the season, but also win the Cascadia Cup.

For Vancouver, it was quite the disappointing effort and result. With four points separating the Whitecaps and FC Dallas coming into Sunday evening’s match, the Whitecaps had the opportunity to clinch an MLS Cup playoff spot with a win. That never materialized, as the Whitecaps never displayed consistency on offense. The Whitecaps ultimately clinched a playoff spot anyway, thanks to Seattle’s 3-1 victory against FC Dallas. That helped Vancouver become the first Canadian team to reach the MLS playoffs.

Jack Jewsbury provided the game’s only goal, and may have also provided the goal of the week with his strike in the closing minutes of the second half. From just over thirty yards out, Jewsbury was set up with a let pass by Franck Songo’o. From there, Jewsbury hit a blast past a diving Brad Knighton, who had no chance of saving the shot as it headed toward the far corner into the net.

Vancouver will look to try and build some momentum heading into their wild card match-up against the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy  in their season finale at Rio Tinto Stadium against Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Timbers will close out their season at home at JELD-WEN Field against the San Jose Earthquakes on the same day.

Here are the match highlights:


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What are your thoughts on the match? Will Vancouver take care of business at Real Salt Lake next weekend? What does a Cascadia Cup win do for Portland and its future with Caleb Porter?

Share your thoughts below.

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11 Responses to Timbers top Whitecaps to secure Cascadia Cup

  1. steve says:

    I’m just gonna put this out now. I’ve seen people complaining on twitter that Portland had an advantage in this tournament by hosting the majority of the games. I just went to remind everyone that the format and rules were decided on by each cascadia supporters group. So even though there may have been an advantage it was an advantage that each group agreed too

    • AzTeXan says:

      I seem to remember when TFC won the Canadian Championship nobody (outside of Canada) cared because they sucked in everything else. I think the same applies here.

      • Chupacabra says:

        Exactly. These provincial cups are the MLS equivalent of AYSO participation trophies.

        • DemonJuce says:

          Thanks for taking the time to comment about an AYSO participation trophy. Your interests are varied, sir. Kudos.

  2. pdx hornman says:

    and next season the Timbers will play one home match and two away against both Vancouver and seattle. So, it all evens out.

    fyi…In the end all three supporters groups agreed to counting all matches, but the Timber’s 107ist was pushing for counting the first home first away matches so that it would be even for all. Eventually they agreed to counting all matches.

  3. Lassidawg says:

    No I think we were all saying this would be the only way they could win the cup.

  4. J Max says:

    The supporters group didn’t make the schedules and give Portland the extra home games.

  5. Charles says:

    Congrats to Portland on their first real Cascadia Cup win. Well deserved.

    -Sounder’s fan

  6. Berto says:

    Jacks shot was very nice… Much like the songo’o dish

  7. Kejsare says:

    Psyche?