BC Soccer Web MLS MATCHDAY #11: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 Portland Timbers 1,May 7, 2016







Whitecaps make statement with win vs. Timbers Sportsnet
Much is made of so-called statement games. Saturday afternoon was that sort of match for the Vancouver Whitecaps, as they came from behind against their most hated rivals and secured a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers.

New Whitecaps players come good in Cascadia winWhitecaps Fan Blog
When looking for explanations why the Vancouver Whitecaps were playing so poorly in the first third of the 2016 Major League Soccer season there was a simple explanation. The new guys coming in, in particular Aird, Bolanos and Kudo, were not playing as well for the Whitecaps as those players we had sent away: Beitashour, Koffie and Mattocks.

The Good, The Average and The Bad: Portland Goes Timber EditionAFTN
It was a story we have seen at BC Place time and time again but thanks to the Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps were able to rewrite the script in the second half. This was the first Whitecaps come from behind win since September 27th 2014 against Real Salt Lake. It feels even longer.

Kudo, Bolaños score for ‘Caps in 2-1 comeback win over defending championsWhitecaps FC
Japanese striker Masato Kudo scored his first MLS goal and added an assist a day after his 26th birthday, while Costa Rican midfielder Christian Bolaños extended his goalscoring streak to three matches in a game that saw Vancouver outshoot Portland 26-9.

Robinson hails Kudo’s contributions in Whitecaps’ comeback win over TimbersMLS
The Vancouver Whitecaps made it maximum points from their two Cascadia Cup clashes so far this season, fighting back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to stun the visiting Portland Timbers 2-1 at BC Place on Saturday.

Vancouver Whitecaps Top the Portland Timbers 2-1Eighty-Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps staged a second half comeback to top the Portland Timbers on Saturday, scoring twice in the final 45 minutes to top their Cascadia rivals in front of a sell-out crowd at BC Place. Masato Kudo and Christian Bolanos scored for Vancouver, who improve to 4-5-2 this season.

Whitecaps 2, Timbers 1: Whitecaps down Cascadia rivals for much-needed win Vancouver Sun
There’s nothing like a derby game to get a team going, and the Whitecaps needed the Portland Timbers on Saturday.  They needed their bitter rival to get them out of a funk, to get their heads right and to find their goal-scoring boots, even if it did take a month’s worth of chances over 90 minutes at B.C. Place.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Portland Timbers 1 | 2016 MLS Match RecapMLS
Masato Kudo scored his first MLS goal to spark a 2-1 comeback victory by the Vancouver Whitecaps over their Cascadia Cup rivals the Portland Timbers at a sun-splashed BC Place on Saturday afternoon, seizing early pole position in the Pacific Northwest’s three-team regional rivalry.

Bolanos leads Whitecaps past TimbersTSN
With his team down a goal despite a dominating opening 45 minutes, Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson’s thoughts turned to his late father. “It’s a special day for me today, my father’s birthday,” said Robinson. “At halftime … I’m talking to myself and one of the coaches said: ‘Are you OK?’ I said: ‘Yeah. Bring me some luck, dad.’ “He brought me some luck with a mistake from the goalkeeper.”

Portland Timbers’ defense falters in 2-1 loss to Vancouver WhitecapsOregonian
Goalkeeper Jake Gleeson made four heroic saves to lead the Portland Timbers to victory over Toronto FC last week. He then made an incredible 11 stops Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps. But he also made one costly error.

Whitecaps make dominance count in Portland winGoal
Vancouver put in its best performance of the season to earn an important home victory over MLS Cup champion Timbers on Saturday.


Preview: Whitecaps FC host defending champs Saturday afternoon at BC PlaceWhitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3W-5L-2D) host defending MLS Cup champions and longtime Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers (3W-3L-3D) on Saturday afternoon at BC Place in a rematch of last year’s heartbreaking playoff defeat.

Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps v Portland Timbers – Another battle awaitsAFTN
Vancouver Whitecaps are coming off a tough week after dropping points at home to Sporting KC and their loss to New York City FC. Will they be able to bounce back? It certainly would be enjoyable to get some gloating rights over Portland (the current MLS Cup Champions). And with the way both teams have been playing, who knows which team will turn up on either side.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers | MLS Match PreviewMLS
Whitecaps FC have won just twice in 14 all-time MLS meetings between the teams, both of those victories coming in the last six meetings, including a 2-1 win last March 28 at BC Place in the only win by a team in three league meetings last year.

Whitecaps welcome Timbers with plenty to gain, or lose Vancouver Sun
Whitecaps’ Jordan Harvey says a win against the Portland Timbers is exactly what Vancouver needs to get both players and fans on side.

Match Preview: Whitecaps vs TimbersEighty-Six Forever
This match kicks off a busy week for each team before facing each other again on the 22nd at Providence Park in a high anticipated Heineken Rivalry Week game. Vancouver has Chicago at home mid-week and then travel to face TFC at the newly renovated BMO Field, while Portland continues onto Dallas mid-week before returning home to face NYCFC.

Whitecaps gear up for ‘massive’ clash with rival PortlandGoal
Ahead of the latest Cascadia Cup clash, Vancouver is keen to cut out mistakes that have contributed to this season’s slow start in MLS.

‘Caps set for rematch with Portland after playoff heartbreak: ‘They have something we want as a club’ Whitecaps FC
Carl Robinson isn’t usually one to hype up any one game over the other, but even he referred to Saturday’s Cascadia derby against rival Portland Timbers as a “massive game”.

Whitecaps’ best players need to be their best playersOttawa Citizen
How much of Saturday’s game comes down to the Whitecaps’ best players being better than the Timbers’ best players? “Everything,” Caps coach Carl Robinson said after Thursday’s practice at B.C. Place. “That’s it.

Vancouver Whitecaps searching for intensity, focus with rival Timbers up nextNanaimo News Bulletin
Carl Robinson didn’t like what he saw. The head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps gathered his players at the centre circle of their practice field this week and showed some uncharacteristic emotion for a training session. The message was there needed to be better intensity and focus. At that moment he was talking about a specific drill, but it could have been a comment on Vancouver’s season up to now.

One game at a time, and Portland first: WastonRed Nation Online
It’s no secret that the Vancouver Whitecaps are not where they want to be after ten games into the season. The 3-5-2 Whitecaps have had an up and down start to the campaign as they look for solid consistency and a run of form with positive match results. Concerns on the pitch have alternated between not scoring enough goals, to allowing too many goals against.

Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson is making most of moment in the spotlightOregon Live
Gleeson has rarely been in the spotlight during his six seasons with the Timbers, but an injury to starting keeper Adam Kwarasey thrust him into the starting 11 on April 16 and he has made the most of his opportunities on the field.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers MLS GB
Vancouver Whitecaps welcome Portland Timbers to BC Place in their first Cascadia Cup rivalry game of the year, with both sides desperately looking to climb the Western Conference.

Portland Timbers practice report: Building continuityOregonian
On Wednesday, the media spoke with Timbers coach Caleb Porter and midfielder Diego Valeri about the season and the club’s expectations as they prepare to face Vancouver. Here are the key points that came out of those interviews.

Beyond the Lens: Cascadian Supporter RelationsEighty-Six Forever
Today, I look at the dynamic that exists between the supporters of both Whitecaps FC and Timbers FC.

Timber Joey: A Portland IdolVavel
The Portland Timbers aren’t off to the finest of starts in 2016, and while trying to change things around the team is turning to arguably the finest supporters in MLS in the Timbers Army. And, one of the most important pieces of the franchise since its inception is Timber Joey, the Portland icon always willing to do what it takes to roar his side on towards another title.

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