Timbers Fall 1-0 on the Road to Vancouver Whitecaps FC
VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Portland Timbers fell 1-0 to Cascadia-rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC on the road at BC Place in front of 18,356 fans on Friday night, snapping the club's three-game winning streak.
Record shot total
Despite the loss, Portland finished the match with 27 shots, setting a club record for most shots in an away match since joining MLS in 2011. The previous high was set on March 2, 2019, when the Timbers had 24 shots in a 3-3 draw against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The 27 shots are the third-most for an away team in any MLS match since 2010. Additionally, the 27 shots are the most in a regular-season match for the Timbers since the club had 30 shots against FC Dallas on June 11, 2014. Portland outshot Whitecaps FC 27-12 in the match. The 15-shot advantage is the most the Timbers have ever had in an away match in nine MLS seasons.
300th match in MLS
The Timbers played in their 300th MLS match (regular and postseason) since entering the league in 2011. Portland has played in 282 regular-season matches, holding a 105-96-81 record in nine seasons in MLS. Additionally, the Timbers have played in 18 postseason contests, holding a 8-5-5 record, including winning MLS Cup in 2015.
Against Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Friday's match marked the 23rd meeting all-time between Portland and Vancouver in MLS play, dating back to Aug. 20, 2011. Following the result, the Timbers lead the regular-season series 10-7-6, including a 4-5-2 record at BC Place.
Vancouver took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute when a failed clearance fell to Fredy Montero inside the box, with the forward striking a left-footed shot into the upper left corner of the net.
Holding a 27-12 shot advantage against Vancouver, the Timbers threatened the opponent's goal throughout the match. Portland nearly scored in the 11th minute when Jorge Moreira's cross from the right flank found Jeremy Ebobisse, but his leaping header missed inches over the crossbar. In the 15th minute, Moreira headed down Diego Chara's long pass on the right wing past his marker, before forcing Whitecaps FC goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau into a save at his near post.
In the 25th minute, Diego Valeri's in-swinging cross from a corner kick found Larrys Mabiala, but his header was saved by Crépeau. Valeri's ensuing corner service picked out Bill Tuiloma, whose header was tipped off the crossbar by Crépeau. Seconds later, Tuiloma headed Valeri's cross past the far post.
Just before halftime, a loose ball fell to Tuiloma near the top of the box, following Valeri's corner kick, but his shot was fired over the crossbar in the 43rd minute.
Starting the second half on the front foot, Sebastián Blanco, who led the Timbers with eight shots in the match, was first to a cleared ball just inside the top of the box, but his powerful shot sliced wide past the post in the 47th minute. Two minutes later, Blanco played a low ball to Andrés Flores on the left side of the box, before lacing a shot just inches past the near post. In the 52nd minute, Blanco's shot from a tight angle on the left side of the penalty area forced Crépeau into a diving save.
After dispossessing the ball from Vancouver midfielder In-Beom Hwang, Diego Chara was fouled just outside the 18-yard box. Tuiloma's ensuing free-kick attempt was fired just inches over the crossbar in the 63rd minute. Four minutes later, Flores' low shot from outside the box missed the target.
The Timbers nearly scored in the 72nd minute when Blanco found Valeri streaking into the box, taking a touch past Whitecaps FC defender Doneil Henry and then hitting a low, left-footed shot that Crépeau saved from close range.
In the 79th minute Blanco cut inside the left wing and delivered a cross to second-half substitute Andy Polo near the right end line. Polo controlled the ball and hooked the ball back into the center of the box to Blanco, but his header was cleared off the line by Vancouver defender Ali Adnan. One minute later Mabiala's header from the center of the box just missed past the right post.
The Timbers came close to scoring when Polo looped a cross from the right side of the penalty area over Crépeau to second-half substitute Lucas Melano at the far post, but his shot missed just inches to the left in the 84th minute.
Continuing on the attack, Blanco cut inside onto his right foot, beating his marker and firing a long-range effort that missed past the right post in the 88th minute. In stoppage time, Cristhian Paredes was first to Valeri's corner service, but he couldn't redirect his header on frame in the 93rd minute.
The match was the 300th MLS match (regular season and playoffs) for the Timbers.
Portland finished the match with 27 shots, setting a club record for most shots in an away match in MLS. The previous high was set on March 2, 2019, when the Timbers had 24 shots in a 3-3 draw against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The 27 shots are the third-most for an away team in any MLS match since 2010. Additionally, the 27 shots are the most in a regular-season match for the Timbers since the club had 30 shots against FC Dallas on June 11, 2014.
Portland outshot Vancouver 27-12 in the match. The 15-shot advantage is the most the Timbers have ever had in an away match.
Diego Valeri created nine chances in the match. Valeri is the only player to create nine or more chances in an MLS match this season. Valeri had 10 chances created against the Colorado Rapids on March 2.
Valeri made his 199th start (regular-season and playoffs) for the Timbers since joining the club in 2013.
Facing a quick turnaround, the Timbers will travel for a road match against the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, May 15, at BBVA Compass Stadium. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific), the match will feature a regional television broadcast on ROOT SPORTS with local radio broadcasts on 1029 and 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).
Portland Timbers (3-6-1, 10pts) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3-5-3, 12pts)
May 10, 2019 - BC Place (Vancouver, B.C.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 0 0 0
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 0 1
VAN: Montero (Teibert), 9
POR: Blanco (caution), 28
POR: Paredes (caution), 48
VAN: Godoy (caution), 61
POR: Chara (caution), 90
POR: GK Clark, D Moreira (Melano, 83), D Mabiala, D Tuiloma, D Valentin (Cascante, 83), M Flores (Polo, 73), M Paredes, M Chara, M Blanco, F Valeri ©, F Ebobisse
Substitutes Not Used: GK Attinella, D Villafaña, M Zambrano, M Conechny
TOTAL SHOTS: 27 (Blanco, 8); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Five players tied, 1); FOULS: 13 (Moreira, Paredes, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 12; SAVES:3
VAN: GK Crépeau, D Nerwinski, D Godoy, D Henry, D Adnan, M Hwang (Rose, 65), M Erice, M Teibert, F Venuto, F Montero (Ardáiz, 87), F Lass (Levis, 76)
Substitutes Not Used: GK MacMath, D Cornelius, D Sutter, M Felipe
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Montero, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Montero, 3); FOULS: 4 (Four players tied, 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES:5
Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Logan Brown, Michael A. Kampmeinert
4th Official: Elvis Osmanovic
VAR: Silviu Petrescu
Weather: Clear, 70 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
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