‘Caps come close but fall 1-0 in Cascadia Cup derby at BC Place

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC (7W-8L-8D) fell 1-0 to Portland Timbers (10W-10L-3D) Friday night in the first Cascadia Cup derby at BC Place in 854 days.

In the 26th minute, the Timbers had a chance to open the scoring through Dairon Asprilla but the Colombian winger was denied on the doorstep by ‘Caps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau, who calmly nestled the ball into his hands to keep the scores level at 0-0.

Fast forward to the 38th minute, it was the ‘Caps turn to have a go at the goal.

Russell Teibert found some space down the wing and put a ball in for Ryan Gauld, with the Scottish playmaker forcing a save out of Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark at the near post.

After a cagey first half, both sides would go into the break deadlocked at 0-0.

The Timbers would open the scoring in the 66th minute, as striker Felipe Mora fired a shot at goal which deflected into the back of the net off ‘Caps defender Ranko Veselinovic.

The ‘Caps would push on for the equalizer, as substitute Déiber Caicedo drilled a shot on goal in the 77th minute but the ball was cleared just off the line by Portland defender Claudio Bravo.

Caicedo would once again come close to finding the tying goal for the ‘Caps eight minutes later, as the Colombian just fired his header wide of the far post.

Despite their efforts, the ‘Caps weren’t able to claw back the draw.

The Blue and White will now get set for a Western Conference clash away to Colorado Rapids on Sunday, September 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colorado. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. PT. You can catch the match live on TSN and AM730, with the radio pre-game show starting at 5 p.m. PT.

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GE Appliances VWFC Player of Quality: Florian Jungwirth Referee: Marcos de Oliveira

Scoring Summary
66′ – POR – Ranko Veselinović (OG)

Possession: VAN 49.4% – POR 50.6%
Shots: VAN 14 – POR 11
Shots on Goal: VAN 3 – POR 3
Saves: VAN 3 – POR 3
Fouls: VAN 17 – POR 13
Offsides: VAN 0 – POR 3
Corners: VAN 10 – POR 0

29′ – VAN – Janio Bikel
58′ – VAN – Cristian Dájome
90’+3 – POR – Felipe Mora

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
16.Maxime Crépeau; 22.Érik Godoy (17.Leonard Owusu 73′), 4.Ranko Veselinović, 26.Florian Jungwirth; 32.Patrick Metcalfe (23.Javain Brown 54′), 19.Janio Bikel (7.Déiber Caicedo 73′), 55.Michael Baldisimo, 31.Russell Teibert ©; 11.Cristian Dájome, 25.Ryan Gauld; 24.Brian White (9.Lucas Cavallini 62′)

Substitutes not used
1.Thomas Hasal, 2.Marcus Godinho, 15.Andy Rose, 27.Ryan Raposo, 87.Tosaint Ricketts

Portland Timbers
12.Steve Clark; 2.Josecarlos Van Rankin (25.Bill Tuiloma 75′), 33.Larrys Mabiala, 2.Dario Župarić, 5.Claudio Bravo; 21.Diego Chará, 20.George Fochive; 23.Yimmi Chará (44.Marvin Loría 76′), 10.Sebastián Blanco (30.Santiago Moreno 82′), 27.Dairon Asprilla; 9.Felipe Mora

Substitutes not used
31.Aljaž Ivačič, 11.Jaroslaw Niezgoda, 22.Cristhian Paredes, 28.Pablo Bonilla, 40.Renzo Zambrano, 85.Zachery McGraw