MLS Game Summary - Vancouver at Portland|
(Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Portland 2, Vancouver 1
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - It took almost two months, but the Portland
Timbers have finally claimed their sixth win of the 2012 Major League Soccer
Portland had not won a league game since July 3, going 0-6-2 over that
But the Rose City club claimed a 2-1 derby win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC at
Jeld-Wen Field on Saturday to snap its eight-game winless drought and climb
right back into the race for the Cascadia Cup.
Darlington Nagbe and Kenny Miller traded goals inside the final four minutes
of the first half, but it was Franck Songo'o's brilliant free kick in the 55th
minute that proved to be the difference as it helped Portland (6-13-6) improve
to 24 points on the season.
Vancouver (10-10-7) has lost three league matches in a row, putting its
potential playoff berth at stake - the 'Caps sit just five points ahead of FC
Dallas for the final postseason slot.
Portland nearly grabbed the lead in the 27th minute, but Bright Dike's headed
effort was denied by the woodwork.
Nagbe helped ease the lingering pain of that near-goal, opening the scoring
just before halftime. The 22-year-old collected a pass from Jack Jewsbury,
drifted inside and showed great composure to fire a shot past Joe Cannon.
The 'Caps were able to pull one back before halftime as the Timbers failed to
clear their lines following a corner kick. Jay DeMerit pumped the ball back
into the box as Miller beat the offside trap to slot the equalizer past
But Portland clawed its way back, restoring its one-goal lead within the first
10 minutes of the second half thanks to Songo'o's inch-perfect free kick.
Vancouver pushed for equalizer, but its task was made more difficult in the
84th minute when referee David Gantar issued striker Darren Mattocks a
straight red card for leading with his elbow when challenging for header.
Ultimately, playing down a man in a tough Jeld-Wen environment proved to be
too much for Vancouver as the visiting 'Caps were held to yet another defeat.
08/26 01:13:40 ET