Match Recap & Highlights: Portland Timbers 3 - 1 Vancouver Whitecaps
Timbers take second Cascadia Cup win of the season, down Whitecaps 3-1 at home.
The Portland Timbers (4-3-5) continued their uptick in form with a 3-1 win against the Vancouver Whitecaps (3-5-3) at Providence Park on a balmy Saturday night in Portland.
Giovanni Saverese deployed arguably the strongest lineup of the season (injuries in-mind) against the Whitecaps, with Yimmi Chara making hist first start since the opening match of the season.
Franck Boli flew out of the blocks to open the scoring in the second minute, before Evander’s second goal of the year doubled Portland’s lead in the 20th. A Zac McGraw own goal cut the deficit for Vancouver six minutes later, but Evander restored the Timbers’ two-goal cushion with a beautiful strike in the 54th minute.
2’ GOAL TIMBERS, 1-0 Franck ‘the tank’ Boli got the Timbers off to the perfect start in the second minute, thumping a left-footed strike home from inside the box on the assist from Claudio Bravo. Boli had a decisive shot saved by Takaoka moments earlier.
Watch Boli’s goal here.
11’ Dario Zuparic had a chance to double the lead from an Evander corner, but the center back’s header was comfortably held by Takaoka.
14’ An Alessandro Schöpf strike from outside the box took a wicked deflection, but Aljaz Ivacic somehow reacted to get a strong hand on the shot.
18’ GOAL TIMBERS, 2-0 Evander scored his first Providence Park goal just before the 20th minute, sweeping home a well-worked move from the Timbers that involved Santiago Moreno and Juan Mosquera. The strike is Evander’s fourth goal involvement in his first eight matches with the club.
Watch Evander’s goal here.
24’ GOAL WHITECAPS, 2-1 An unfortunate moment for Zac McGraw, whose outstretched boot redirected an awkward cross from Gressel into his own net. Sergio Córdova was waiting for the tap-in at the back post, so McGraw had to attempt a play on the ball.
42’ Santi Moreno drew a fantastic save out of Takaoka after latching on to a loose touch from Felipe Martins. Moreno drove forward, and unloaded a right-footed strike from range that needed to be pushed wide.
HALFTIME: At the break, the Timbers led 2-1
54’ GOAL TIMBERS, 3-1 Evander at the double! The Timbers’ DP scored his second of the night with a stunning effort, spinning around his defender before curling a right-footed beauty past Takaoka at the near post. Special goal from a special player.
Watch Evander’s second here.
64’ SUBSTITUTIONS Yimmi Chara, who assisted Evander’s second goal, was replaced by Dairon Asprilla, and Jaroslaw Niezgoda entered the match for Franck Boli.
70’ Evander very nearly got that oh-so-elusive Timbers hat trick with an olimpico, but Takoaka was able to tip the ball out for a corner.
83’ SUBSTITUTIONS Eric Miller entered for Juan Mosquera, who had an excellent match, and Marvin Loria replaced Santi Moreno, who took a couple knocks in the second half.
90+1’ SUBSTITUTION Larrys Mabiala, to the dismay of Evander hat trick enthusiasts, was brought on for the Brazilian in stoppage time.
FULL TIME: Timbers 3 - 1 Whitecaps.
All told, this was an excellent win for the Timbers, possibly their best of the season barring their victory in St. Louis. The attack got off to a flying start through Boli, but the story of the match was Evander doing DP things. His first goal was great, but his second was sublime and likely another GOTW contender for the Timbers after Claudio Bravo’s winner last weekend.
And the backline, while shaky at times, made the Whitecaps look very pedestrian going forward. Aside from the deflected Ivacic save and McGraw own goal, I can’t remember any major chances that Vancouver had in the match.
The midfield duo of Diego Chara and Cristhian Paredes was excellent for Portland as well. In particular, Paredes seemed like he was everywhere all night, cutting out Vancouver passes and linking play for the Timbers moving forward.
Up next: The Timbers travel to Utah for a midweek fixture against the RSL team who bounced them from the US Open Cup, with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. PT at the stadium formerly known as Rio Tinto.