- Whitecaps FC suffered their first defeat in MLS since the second match of the season on March 4 at San Jose Earthquakes
- The 'Caps eight-match unbeaten streak is tied as their second longest all-time in MLS play
- Save the Fees Day this coming Monday for 24 hours only, offering savings on single match tickets to any remaining Whitecaps FC MLS home match
PORTLAND, OR – Vancouver Whitecaps FC fell to their first MLS defeat in more than two months with a 3-1 loss against Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers this Saturday evening at Providence Park.
The first half began quickly for the Timbers, as Claudio Bravo won possession, then passed a ball to forward Franck Boli. His run inside the box concluded with a strike that would put his squad up 1-0 early in the second minute.
After 18 minutes, it was 2-0 for the home side. A succession of volleyed passes ended with Evander lunging a close-range effort in past Yohei Takaoka.
The Blue & White would get back into the match minutes later. A quick-strike build-up saw Ryan Gauld play a through ball to Julian Gressel down the right wing. His cross ended up being deflected into the net for an own goal by Zac McGraw in the 24th minute to cut the deficit to 2-1.
After the halftime interval, the home side would regain its two goal cushion within the 54th minute. Midfielder Yimmi Chará sent a ball in to Evander, who turned and struck a low shot just past the arms of Takaoka to make it 3-1.
The 'Caps pushed and pushed the remainder of the match, but the final whistle blew at Providence Park.
Whitecaps FC continue their road trip with a matchup against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium this coming Wednesday, May 17. Following this tilt, the Blue & White are back at BC Place as they host Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, May 20 with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. PT. For tickets, visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets.
Referee: Guido Gonzales Jr.
Scoring Summary2’ – POR – Franck Boli (Claudio Bravo)
18’ – POR – Evander (Juan Mosquera, Santiago Moreno)
24’ – VAN – Zac McGraw (own goal)
54’ – POR – Evander (Yimmi Chará, Claudio Bravo)
Possession: POR 46% – VAN 54%
Shots: POR 13 – VAN 8
Shots on Goal: POR 7 – VAN 4
Saves: POR 5 – VAN 4
Fouls: POR 14 – VAN 11
Offsides: POR 1 – VAN 3
Corners: POR 4 – VAN 7
Cautions73’ – POR – Zac McGraw
74’ – VAN – Javain Brown
Portland Timbers31.Aljaž Ivačič; 29.Juan Mosquera (15.Eric Miller 84’), 13.Dario Zuparic, 18.Zac McGraw, 5.Claudio Bravo; 21.Diego Chará, 22.Cristhian Paredes; 30.Santiago Moreno (44.Marvin Loría 84’), 20.Evander (33.Larrys Mabiala 90’+2’). 23.Yimmi Chará (27.Dairon Asprilla 64’); 7.Franck Boli © (11.Jaroslaw Niezgoda 64’)
Substitutes not used
1.David Bingham, 10.Sebastián Blanco, 92.Noel Caliskan, 99.Nathan Fogaça
Vancouver Whitecaps FC18.Yohei Takaoka; 23.Javain Brown (27.Ryan Raposo 83’), 4.Ranko Veselinović, 6.Tristan Blackmon, 14.Luís Martins (7.Déiber Caicedo 76’); 19.Julian Gressel, 20.Andrés Cubas (16.Sebastian Berhalter 83’), 8.Alessandro Schöpf (22.Ali Ahmed 64’); 45.Pedro Vite; 9.Sergio Córdova ( 29.Simon Becher HT), 25.Ryan Gauld ©
Substitutes not used
1.Thomas Hasal, 2.Mathías Laborda, 12.Karifa Yao, 31.Russell Teibert