Vancouver Whitecaps FC play their second Cascadia Cup match of the season on Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Portland Timbers (live on TSN, free on Apple TV, and on AM 730 radio)
Below are 10 of the best goals for the 'Caps against the Timbers, with one honourable mention that was not to be!
BRIAN WHITE, BIG PORTLAND GUY (July 17, 2022)
This one comes just last year. The 'Caps put in a quality performance on the road, controlling the match at Providence Park. The opener came on a great cross from Ryan Raposo and a diving header from Brian White (we'll hear from him again later).
BARNES-BURNER (October 23, 2016)
Giles Barnes was only in Vancouver for a short time, but he saved his best for last with two goals in the final match of 2016. The first one was this scorcher to open the scoring at BC Place.
PILEDRIVER IN PORTLAND (July 18, 2015)
Matías Laba was not known as a goalscorer, playing more of the role that we see today from Andrés Cubas. But with time to shoot, he unleashed this piledriver in Portland.
MEZQUIDA CURLS IT (March 28, 2015)
Nicolás Mezquida always brought the energy for the 'Caps. This time he also brought the crowd to their feet with an inch-perfect free kick.
CALL IT A COMEBACK (October 20, 2021)
In what was essentially a must-win game for the 'Caps playoff hopes, they went into halftime down 2-0. But Vanni Sartini's side stormed back in the second half, with this incredible cross from Bruno Gaspar and elite headed finish from Brian White perhaps the most memorable goal
*Déiber Caicedo also deserves a shout for a solo run before this.
CASCADIA CUP CLINCHER (October 23, 2016)
We have a second goal from this game making the list. Needing a three-goal win to capture the Cascadia Cup on the final day, captain Pedro Morales delivered with a wicked strike in what was ultimately a 4-1 victory.
EARNSHAW DEBUT WINNER (March 28, 2015)
What a way to make your debut! Coming on as a late substitute in a 1-1 match, Robert Earnshaw snuck past the Timbers backline and calmly chipped the keeper to put BC Place into ecstasy.
FAREWELL PHONZIE! (October 28, 2018)
In his last game with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, an almost 18-year-old Alphonso Davies put on an absolute show. This goal was pure class, taking it from his own half and finishing in style.
BAIR NECESSITITES (August 10, 2019)
Speaking of Homegrown players, Theo Bair also made his mark in this rivalry after coming through the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy. In one swift motion, he turned and struck a shot into the back of the net to score his first career professional goal.
THE SCISSOR KICK (October 6, 2013)
In what was voted MLS Goal of the Year for 2013, Camilo Sanvezzo took a cross from Young-Pyo Lee and uncorked a late scissor kick against the Timbers that will live long in the memory.
This is not a goal, and thus does not qualify to make the list. But what a goal it could have been. In the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, the second-seeded Whitecaps FC played a 0-0 first leg in Portland before returning to an electric crowd for the second leg at BC Place. A determined run from Kekuta Manneh starting in his own half, powering through the Timbers, ended with a shot that came oh so close to opening the scoring. But it was not to be that year, as the Timbers would score a crucial away goal first and go on to win MLS Cup.