Cascadia Cup comes back to Portland
The Portland Timbers extremely disappointing 2012 season will also bring home their first trophy of their Major League Soccer era, as a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps brings the Cascadia Cup back to Portland after a one-year absence.
By taking the cup this year, the Timbers have now won the cup 3 of the last 4 years, though this is the first time they have won it with all three northwest teams competing, as only Portland and Vancouver competed for the cup in 2009 and 2010. Seattle won the Cascadia Cup last year, and with the Timbers winning it this year, each team has now won the cup three times in it’s nine-year history.
The Timbers had not won on the road since a 1-0 victory in Vancouver over a year ago, and this game would be a surprisingly similar result, with Jack Jewsbury scoring in the 39th minute on a spectacular goal from 25 yards out after Franck Songo’o dropped the ball nicely into his run.
The Timbers would outshoot Vancouver 9-6 in the match and though the Whitecaps knew they could secure a playoff berth with the win (which they did later in the day anyway when FC Dallas lost), the Whitecaps never really threatened after the Timbers scored, so the Timbers remain undefeated in play against Vancouver in their MLS era, and have now swept both games north of the border.
The Timbers finish their 2012 season at home next weekend against 2012 Supporters Shield winners San Jose.