Vancouver Whitecaps-Portland Timbers Results, Video (Oct 21 2012)
The Portland Timbers Squared Off against the Vancouver Whitecaps on October 21, 2012. Here are Portland Timbers vs Vancouver Whitecaps Results
It was called the biggest MLS game in Whitecaps history. Of course, the Caps don't have much of a history (in the MLS, at least), but the team's October 21 match against the Portland Timbers could have launched the team into its first playoff and helped fans forget about the team's frustrating inconsistency over the last three months. Sadly for Whitecaps fans the frustration continues as their team fell 1-0 to the Timbers in front of a sellout crowd.
The Timbers, buoyed by a section of hardcore fans who made the five-hour drive north to take in the game at BC Place, were trying to avoid their first loss to their Cascadian rivals.
They played a classic road game, playing it safe and waiting for an opportunity to strike. That moment came in the 37th minute when Jack Jewsbury found the back of the net with a blazing strike from well outside of the box.
Prior to Jewsbury's goal, the Whitecaps best scoring chance came when Timbers defender Steven Smith nearly deflected a Jordan Harvey cross into the back of his own net.
Down a goal and fighting for their playoff lives, the Whitecaps came out flat to start the second half. Striker Camilo earned a yellow card while Alain Rochat was hobbled with an injury and eventually substituted out for Dane Richards.
The Timbers meanwhile showed some jump when forward Bright Dike (yes, that's really his name) beat defender Andy O'Brien and nearly snuck a ball past goalkeeper Brad Knighton on the short side.
Knowing they desperately needed a goal, the Caps brought in scorers Darren Mattocks and Omar Salgado, but neither of them seemed to have much of an impact as the the Whitecaps showed little desperation in the second half.
Home fans took out some of their frustration on midfielder Barry Robson who twice failed to run back on defence after a botched free kick and a play outside the box where he thought he was fouled.
The Whitecaps still have a solid chance of becoming the first Canadian MLS franchise to play in the post-season. Considering their effort against the Timbers, any Whitecaps trip to the playoffs may be short-lived.