Timbers 1, Whitecaps FC 0
Jack Jewsbury scored in the 39th minute and the Portland Timbers
beat Vancouver 1-0 on Sunday, winning the Cascadia Cup competition
and forcing the Whitecaps to wait a few hours to secure a playoff
Portland finished 3-1-2 against its Pacific Northwest rivals to
take the fan-created Cascadia Cup. Seattle was 2-1-3, and Vancouver
The Whitecaps (11-13-9) got into the playoffs when Seattle beat
Dallas on Sunday night, becoming the first Canadian team to advance
to the MLS postseason.
The Timbers (8-16-9) won for the first time on the road this
season and ended a six-game losing streak before a disappointed
sellout crowd of 21,000 at B.C. Place Stadium.
”It’s tremendous for the fans,” Portland general manager and
interim coach Gavin Wilkinson said. ”They thoroughly deserve it,
everything aside it’s something that they thoroughly deserved. It’s
been a long season for them and it’s been a long season for the
organization, and while this doesn’t remove some of the things that
have happened over the course of the season, it’s a positive and
it’s something we can take into next season.
Steven Smith started the scoring play from the left flank,
sending a rolling cross to Franck Songo’o near the top of the
18-yard box. Songo’o tapped the ball back to Jewsbury and he
quickly fired his shot home.
”I hit it well. The ball went forward I just trailed the play
and Franck got the ball, laid one back to me, I let it go and I was
fortunate to find the back of the net,” Jewsbury said.
The Whitecaps controlled much of the play thereafter, but could
not get the equalizer.
”That’s frustrating because we think the team is just where we
want it to be and then we put together a performance like that. We
let a lot of people down today,” Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie
said. ”We had a big chance to move ourselves into the playoffs and
move the club forward because there’s so much interest right now.
We didn’t really take advantage of it.”
The original Cascadia Cup was introduced in 2004 when the
Timbers, Whitecaps and Sounders were part of the United Soccer
Leagues’ first division. Fans pooled their money to buy a 2-foot
tall trophy, which went to the team that finishes with the best
record in head-to-head matches among the trio, based on a points
But the roots of the rivalry between the teams actually date to
1975, when all three cities played in the North American Soccer
Seattle claimed the Cascadia Cup last season, which was the
first year for the Timbers and the Whitecaps in MLS.
In July, the Timbers dismissed coach John Spencer, replacing him
with GM Gavin Wilkinson for the rest of the year. The team recently
announced it has hired University of Akron coach Caleb Porter as
its head coach for the 2013 season.
”There were multiple reasons we wanted to come in here and get
the win tonight, we didn’t want to go down in history as one of the
teams in MLS that hadn’t gotten a road win all year so we
accomplished that,” Jewsbury said. ”But first and foremost we
wanted to win the Cascadia Cup – that means a lot not only for us
but for our fans and the organization and to get that here in front
of our fans that travelled to watch the game means a lot.”