PORTLAND, OR – Whitecaps FC 2 fell to a shootout loss after drawing 2-2 in regulation against Cascadia rivals Timbers2 in their inaugural MLS NEXT Pro season finale at Providence Park.
The first half saw the home side open the scoring in the 25th minute. A cross sent in by midfielder Victor Griffith found its way through to Selmir Miscic, who’s finish would find the back of the net.
As the half progressed, the young ‘Caps would push through with an opportunity of their own inside the final third. As Simon Becher sent in a short pass, the ball would connect to midfielder Giovanni Aguilar, as his strike levelled the game in the 33rd minute.
Timbers2 would regain the lead in quick fashion. Ian Shaul’s header following a cross sent in from Sawyer Jura would give his squad a 2-1 advantage in the 37th minute.
The second half started with an early opportunity created by Ali Ahmed, the wingback made a run on the left flank of the field, however Théo Collomb’s shot was then sent wide of the cage in the 50th minute of the match.
The Blue & White were given a penalty kick in the late stages of the match. Goalkeeper Justin vom Steeg would come up with the initial save on Collomb, but forward Simon Becher’s rebound attempt tied the game in the 90th minute.
As the final regulation whistle blew, the two teams headed to a shootout. Carlos Vivas would end up scoring the winning penalty in the ensuing shootout to give his team the extra point.
Referee: Dejan Susak
25’ – POR – Selmir Miscic (Victor Griffith)
33’ – VAN – Giovanni Aguilar (Simon Becher)
37’ – POR – Ian Shaul (Sawyer Jura)
90’ – VAN – Simon Becher
VAN – Scored – Giovanni Aguilar
POR – Scored – Dawson McCartney
VAN – Scored – Simon Becher
POR – Scored – Diego Gutierrez
VAN – Missed – Easton Ongaro
POR – Scored – Tega Ikoba
VAN – Scored – Vasco Fry
POR – Scored – Justin Rasmussen
VAN – Scored – Théo Collomb
POR – Scored – Carlos Vivas
Possession: POR 40.1% – VAN 59.9%*
Shots:* POR 15 – VAN 17*
Shots on Goal:* POR 7 – VAN 7*
Saves:* POR 5 – VAN 5*
Fouls:* POR 19 – VAN 13*
Offsides:* POR 1 – VAN 2*
Corners:* POR 2 – VAN 5
39’ – POR – Carlos Vivas
42’ – VAN – Vasco Fry
45’ – POR – Ian Shaul
63’ – POR – Adrian Ortellao
83’ – POR – Sawyer Jura
86’ – POR – Victor Griffith
88’ – POR – Dawson McCartney
41.Justin vom Steeg; 65.Sawyer Jura, 80.Carlos Vivas, 60.Sivert Haugli, 56.Adrian Ortellao (72.Julian Bravo 64’); 15.Ismaila Jome (14.Justin Rasmussen HT), 77.Selmir Miscic (16.Diego Gutierrez HT); 57.Victor Griffith, 55.Dawson McCartney ©, 43.Ian Shaul; 62.Ryan Zellefrow (17.Tega Ikoba HT)
Substitutes not used
50.Noah Lawrence, 40.Victor Enriquez, 42.Alex Moreno, 47.Michael Dunne, 58.Christian Mendoza
Whitecaps FC 2
60.Isaac Boehmer; 53.Simone Masi, 95.Joshué Ndakala, 56.Lucas Dasovic; 58.Eric White, 66.Giovanni Aguilar, 52.Vasco Fry, 29.Simon Becher ©️, 51.Ali Ahmed; 76.Joe Hanson (48.Théo Collomb HT), 49.Emiliano Brienza (43.Easton Ongaro 69’)
Substitutes not used
50.Max Anchor, 46.Filip Rakic, 47.Pípé Fernandez-Salvador, 54.Mihail Gherasimencov, 57.Elage Bah