Kei Kamara and Cristian Techera scored for the Vancouver Whitecaps in a 2-1 Cascadia Cup victory over Portland on Saturday night time, snapping a 15-match unbeaten streak for the Timbers.
Portland (10-3-8) had not dropped a league match since shedding 3-2 at Orlando Metropolis on April 8. The 15-match streak was the longest in MLS this season and equaled a franchise report.
“We got here in right here and we knew what the report was. It is all about that, generally, in soccer. You form of need to spoil the social gathering for someone else,” Kamara stated.
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The Whitecaps (9-9-6) had been with out 17-year-old midfielder Alphonso Davies due to a groin harm. Bayern Munich acquired Davies final month for a switch price that would, with bonuses, complete an MLS report of $22 million. He’ll transfer to the German crew after Vancouver’s season.
Diego Valeri scored on a second-half penalty kick for the Timbers, who misplaced at residence for the primary time this season.
“You need to win each match, particularly at residence,” Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese stated. “However you need to know that at a while or some second that defeat goes to return. I feel crucial half is how we react to that defeat.”
Kamara put the Whitecaps in entrance with a header off a free kick within the 14th minute. He celebrated his team-leading 10th purpose of the season by doing a bit of dance in entrance of the Timbers Military supporters’ part with teammate Kendall Waston.
The Timbers had a superb alternative to drag even within the 41st minute, however Valeri’s penalty kick went simply huge. The reigning league MVP and Portland’s high scorer buried his head in his fingers after lacking the shot.
Within the 43rd minute, Techera scored from shut vary in his 100th MLS look.
Valeri bought one other likelihood within the 71st minute, this time scoring on a penalty kick in opposition to Stefan Marinovic for his ninth purpose of the season. His free kick within the 89th minute was slapped away by Marinovic.
Vancouver is in seventh place within the Western Convention, preventing for playoff place.
“It is the summer season going into the autumn, that is whenever you want the factors and also you want the momentum to push you into the playoff race,” Kamara stated.
Portland was coming off a 3-Zero victory over the Philadelphia Union final weekend that gave the Timbers their longest MLS undefeated streak since in addition they went a report 15 video games with no loss in 2013. Portland is the one crew with two streaks that lengthy. The longest unbeaten streak is 19 video games, set in 2010 by Dallas.
The Timbers, who sit in third within the West, had not misplaced at residence in 16 regular-season matches relationship to final season.
Earlier this week, the Timbers acquired defender Jorge Villafana from Santos Laguna of Liga MX. The crew additionally bought ahead Lucas Melano again after a mortgage to Argentina membership Estudiantes. Neither participant was accessible for the match.
The Cascadia Cup is the three-way rivalry between the Timbers, Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders that was began by rivalry teams earlier than the groups joined MLS. It was the primary assembly between the Timbers and Whitecaps this season.
The Whitecaps had been coming off a 2-2 street draw in opposition to NYCFC in MLS play. Vancouver performed Toronto FC to a 2-2 draw for the primary leg of the Canadian Championship ultimate on Wednesday night time. The ultimate strikes to Toronto subsequent week.
Vancouver coach Carl Robinson praised his crew for holding the Timbers at bay — even with seven minutes of stoppage time added on the finish.
“We do not go below. We simply hold in there. We’re bending however we do not break,” Robinson stated.