PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers downed Cascadia Cup rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC behind two first half goals for a 2-1 victory Saturday afternoon at Providence Park in front of a sellout crowd of 21,144. Portland midfielder Darlington Nagbe scored his second goal of the year on a brilliant strike in the 18th minute while forward Darren Mattocks opened his 2017 account against his former team.
2’ – CHANCE. The Timbers had an early free kick opportunity just to the corner of the Vancouver 18-yard box. Midfielder Diego Valeri hit it with pace but Caps goalkeeper David Ousted punched it away.
18’ – GOAL (Portland). The Timbers continued to press offensively and in the 18th minute, they were rewarded. Midfielder Darlington Nagbe received a pass from David Guzmán and then shed Caps defender Kendall Waston as he darted across the top of the 18. Nagbe unloaded a laser that pinged off the crossbar and down into the back of the net for a 1-0 Portland lead.
40’ – GOAL (Portland). The Timbers doubled their lead on a brilliantly worked team goal with Nagbe again playing a part. After receiving a recovery pass from Guzmán at midfield, Nagbe sprung Diego Valeri on the right channel who then fed in a perfect cross for Darren Mattocks at the top of the six-yard box. Mattocks tapped it in for a 2-0 Portland lead. He became the ninth different Portland player to score in 2017–the most in MLS.
60' – GOAL (Vancouver). The Whitecaps pulled a goal back after midfielder Christian Bolaños went down in the box and referee Chris Penso pointed to the spot. Vancouver forward Fredy Montero's penalty attempt was initially saved by Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella but Montero managed to knock the rebound back in for a goal and make the score 2-1 in favor of Portland.
67' – CHANCE (Portland). After Valeri was fouled right at the edge of the box, Nagbe's ensuing free kick went into the Vancouver wall. The rebound fell to Valeri who slammed a shot from distance but right at Ousted.
The win keeps the Timbers atop the Western Conference on 16 points with a record of 5-2-1. They are also now even with the Whitecaps atop the Cascadia Cup standings with three points apiece.
The Timbers hit the road next as they travel to play the FC Dallas on April 29 (7:30pm PT, ROOT SPORTS).
Portland Timbers (5-2-1, 16pts) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2-4-1, 7pts)
April 22, 2017 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 1 1
Portland Timbers 2 0 2
POR: Nagbe (Guzmán), 18
POR: Mattocks (Nagbe, Valeri), 40
VAN: Montero, 59
VAN: Jacobson (Caution), 42
VAN: Harvey (Caution), 64
POR: Ridgewell (Caution), 68
VAN: Williams (Caution), 85
POR: Barmby (Caution), 90+4
Lineups & Stats:
POR: GK Attinella, D Powell, D Olum, D Ridgewell ©, D Vytas, M Guzmán, M Chara, M Asprilla (Blanco, 77), M Valeri © (Barmby, 79), M Nagbe, F Adi
Substitutes Not Used: GK McIntosh, D Miller, D Myers, D Farfan, M Okugo
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Nagbe, Valeri, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Three players tied, 1); FOULS: 14 (Ridgewell, Chara, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 3
VAN: GK Ousted, D Waston, D Harvey, D Williams, D Parker, M Bolanos, M Tchani (Greig, 87), M Jacobson, M Laba, M Techera, F Montero
Substitutes Not Used: GK Richey, D Dean, M Rosales, M Teibert, M Davis, F Mezquida
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Montero, 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Montero, 2); FOULS: 16 (Harvey, 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 1
Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant Referees: Jeremy Hanson, Kathryn Nesbitt
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscsa
Weather: Cloudy, 58 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial