Vancouver Whitecaps FC moved over the playoff line for the first time in 2019 after defeating Portland Timbers 1-0 on MLS Friday Night at TSN at BC Place.
The winner snapped Portland’s three-player winning stretch, while Whitecaps not only reaches its first stretch of three matches relentlessly this season, puppies over Timbers in the standings and is in the playoffs of the Western Conference before the rest of the week 11 action.
Whitecaps opened the score within the first 10 minutes, as a trivela passes from Inbeom Hwang through the lines that found Fredy Montero, who played a quick go-and-go with Russell Teibert before Colombian buried it, his second goal in two matches. [1
9659002] From there, both layers had chances, but while Timbers racked up a huge advantage in total numbers (27 to 12), they barely scratched the buttons in shots at targets (five to three). Diego Valeri had a great chance in the 72nd minute, but his bare shot was blocked by Vancouver goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau to keep home team’s lead.
Portland pressed for an equalizer but never found what Vancouver held.  Goal
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- THE BIG IMAGE : While Timbers and Whitecaps are Cascadia Cup rivals, the heat in these matches is usually lower than in games involving the third team Seattle. In this there were no fires but lots of sparks, with the attacking midfielders especially getting some knocks. Ultimately, Vancouver needed to hold on, but they showed why they needed some time to find a rhythm under Marc Dos Santos.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH : In a game with a goal, it was not surprisingly the turning point of the 90s.
- MAN OF THE MATCH : Montero is finding form, but the honor goes to Crepeau, who made five saves as he had to carry with Portland whipped Vancouver box with shots. Finally he kept the lead, got a clean sheet and an important three points for his side.