RECAP | Timbers win third in a row with 1-0 shutout of Whitecaps

VANCOUVER, B.C. – A second half own goal from Vancouver Whitecaps FC gave the Portland Timbers a 1-0 victory Friday night on the road at BC Place Friday. The win marked Portland's third straight shutout victory on the road – a club first in the MLS era – while also snapping Vancouver's 10-game unbeaten streak.

Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark made three saves to pick up his fourth clean sheet of the 2021 season and the team's sixth overall on the campaign.

The win also puts the Timbers on six points and atop the three-team competition with Vancouver and Seattle Sounders FC for the 2021 Cascadia Cup.

Match Moments

5' - CHANCE (POR) - A great ball over the top from midfielder Sebastián Blanco found Felipe Mora open. Mora laid it off to Dairon Asprilla but his shot was blocked before bouncing to Yimmi Chara whose shot was also blocked before Mora fired a shot over the bar.

26' - CHANCE (POR) - On a breakneck transition following a Vancouver corner kick, Asprilla sprinted upfield with the ball some 70 yards before squaring a pass to Blanco on his left. Asprilla continued his run through the backline to receive a chipped pass from Blanco but Asprilla's header was saved by Vancouver goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau.

54' - CHANCE (POR) - Defender Claudio Bravo, with space upfield, launched a swerving shot from 25 yards out that went just wide of the left post.

55 - CHANCE (POR) - Less than a minute later, Asprilla whistled a low shot also just wide of the left post.

64' - CHANCE (POR) - Diego Chara poked a ball away from a Vancouver player forward to Blanco who went up the middle but his shot was stopped by a diving Crépeau.

66' - OWN GOAL (POR) - Portland took a 1-0 lead in the second half on a Vancouver own goal from Ranko Veselinovic. After some nice Portland one-touch passing, Blanco danced around two Vancouver defenders in the box before chipping it towards Mora on the back post. Mora fired a shot towards goal that got tangled in Veselinovic's feet and bounced into the back of the net.

77' - SAVE (POR) - On a Vancouver corner kick, the ball came out to Whitecaps forward Déiber Caicedo on the edge of the box who hit a shot past goalkeeper Steve Clark but Bravo, positioned on the back stick, made a great save to deny the attempt.

90+4' - SAVE (POR) - In some emergency Portland defending, Clark – or possibly defender Larrys Mabiala – came up big near the far post to deny a sharp-angled shot from Vancouver's Ryan Gauld.


The Portland Timbers return to Providence Park this Wednesday, Sept. 15, to host the Colorado Rapids (7pm PT, ROOT SPORTS).

Portland Timbers (10-10-3, 33pts) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (7-8-8, 29pts)
Sept. 10, 2021 – BC Place (Vancouver, B.C.)

Scoring Summary:
POR: Own goal (Veselinovic), 66

Misconduct Summary:
VAN: Bickel (caution), 28
VAN: Dajome (caution), 58
POR: Moreno (caution), 90+2

POR: GK Clark, D Van Rankin (Tuiloma, 75), D Mabiala, D Zuparic, D Bravo, M D. Chara ©, M Fochive, M Y. Chara (Loría, 75), M Blanco (Moreno, 82), M Asprilla, F Mora

Substitutes Not Used: GK Ivacic, D Bonilla, D McGraw, M Paredes, M Zambrano, F Niezgoda

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Asprilla, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Three players tied, 1); FOULS: 13 (D. Chara, Mabiala, 3); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 0; SAVES: 2

VAN: GK Crepeau, D Veselinovic, D Godoy (Owusu, 73), D Jungwirth, D Metcalfe (Brown, 53), M Bikel, M Gould, M Teibert ©, M Baldisimo, F Dajoma, D White (Cavallini, 62)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Hasal, D Godinho, D Rose, M Caicedo, M Raposo, F Ricketts

TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Gauld, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Three players tied, 1); FOULS: 18 (Bikel, 5); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 10; SAVES: 3

Referee: Marcos Deoliveira
Assistant Referees: Ian Anderson, Chris Elliott 
Fourth official: Alain Ruch
VAR: Tim Ford
Weather: Cloudy, 67 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial


  • The Timbers improved their all-time record against Whitecaps FC to 14-8-6. 
  • Portland has scored a goal in 13 consecutive matches. 
  • The Timbers recorded their sixth clean sheet of the season.
  • Portland recorded three straight shutout wins on the road for the first time in the club’s MLS history.
  • With tonight’s win, it marked the first time the Timbers have recorded three consecutive shutouts in MLS regular season play since 2018.
  • The Timbers are 9-1-1 when scoring first in the 2021 campaign. 
  • Tonight’s win was head coach Giovanni Savarese 50th regular season win.
  • Savarese has registered 10 or more wins in each season since joining the club in 2018.
  • Diego Chara hit his 300th MLS regular season appearance tonight.
  • Chara became the eighth player in the league to hit that mark with one club and 55th player in league history to reach that milestone.
  • Chara is the first player to reach 300 MLS regular season games in club history.
  • Steve Clark earned his 17th regular season career shutout with the Timbers, and his fourth of the 2021 season.