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

spot.

Portland finished 3-1-2 against its Pacific Northwest rivals to

take the fan-created Cascadia Cup. Seattle was 2-1-3, and Vancouver

0-3-3.

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

system.

But the roots of the rivalry between the teams actually date to

1975, when all three cities played in the North American Soccer

League.

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.”