I stuck around Saturday afternoon to watch the middle game of the Cascadia Summit, where the Portland reserves played against the Vancouver starters. The result? A bruising 1-1 draw that saw five yellow cards and 35 fouls committed between the rivals.
I thought the Timbers controlled the action early and got a deserved goal — one the Whitecaps would consider soft when goalkeeper Jay Nolly couldn’t quite control a Brian Umony shot and the ball kicked off the post to Ryan Pore, who won a 50-50 battle to tap in the rebound. Later, a deflected shot by a Vancouver player was saved but bounced off Portland’s David Horst into his own net (at least that’s what I hear; a wall in the Starfire press box obscured my view.
Sounders FC will play the Whitecaps tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the Cascadia Summit finale. I expect to see No. 1 draft pick Omar Salgado in that one. He got a couple minutes at the end of Saturday’s game.
Portland is now 2-0-5 in preseason and, minus the own goal, hasn’t allowed a goal in five games. Definitely a team to watch this season. Some stats and quotes after the jump:
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TIMBERS 1, WHITECAPS FC 1
POR – Ryan Pore 5′
VAN – David Horst (own goal) 36′
POR – Adam Moffat (caution) 21′
POR – Mamadou Danso (caution) 44′
VAN – Blake Wagner (caution) 48′
VAN – Alain Rochat (caution) 53′
POR – James Marcelin (caution) 57′
Portland Timbers Lineup
Adin Brown, Freddie Braun, Mamadou Danso, David Horst, Chris Taylor, Ryan Pore, Adam Moffat (Rodrigo Lopez 82′), James Marcelin, Kalif Alhassan (Bim Ogunyemi 90′), Eddie Johnson (Spencer Thompson 73′), Brian Umony.
RESERVES: Jake Gleeson, Taylor Mueller, Quavas Kirk.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; CORNER KICKS: 5; OFFSIDE: 5; FOULS: 17; SAVES: 5.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Lineup
Jay Nolly (Joe Cannon 63′), Jonathan Leathers, Jay DeMerit, Greg Janicki, Alain Rochat (Gershon Koffie 90′), Wes Knight, John Thorrington (Alexandre Morfaw 84′), Terry Dunfield (Kevin Harmse 77′), Blake Wagner (Russell Teibert 63′), Atiba Harris (Camilo Sanvezzo 77′), Long Tan (Omar Salgado 84′).
RESERVES: Bilal Duckett, Cornelius Stewart, Nizar Khalfan, Bedri Gashi, Michael Boxall.
TOTAL SHOTS: 14; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; CORNER KICKS: 3; OFFSIDE: 1; FOULS: 18; SAVES: 4.
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Jeff Hosking, Kevin Duliba
4th Official: Dave Gantar
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: 40-degrees and partly cloudy
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Teitur Thordarson – Whitecaps FC Head Coach
(General Comments…) “A derby is always a derby. There is a special edge to the game. I thought that today it was a very competitive game from the beginning on. We struggled with them in the beginning, the first 15, 20 minutes. I thought we struggled a little bit because they pressed us hard and they managed to play out from behind but after that I felt that we had a good grip on the game and controlled it.”
(On Atiba Harris and Long Tan…) “I was very happy with them today because I felt that we got so many good runs from them, both in behind and towards. We kept the ball well and we did a lot of good stuff. I really gave them a lot of positive feedback at halftime because I felt that helped us a lot. We managed to open them up a little bit because of the runs up top.”
(On the Supporters Summit…) “I felt it was quite a nice little session there because all of the supporters were there together and the three coaches from the teams were there so the supporters got some answers they wanted answers on. I think it was fine, absolutely.”
John Spencer – Timbers Head Coach
(General comments…) “We walked out there last night and the fans gave both teams a big, big lift. We talked about it as a staff that it was going to be a test of character today because these guys felt that passion last night from both sets of fans. Instead today you could tell that level of intensity had dropped down from the fans base that was there and the expectations of everybody. I could see it was a little bit hard for us to get up for the game. I don’t really mean we weren’t up for the game because we started well, first 6-7 minutes, scored that goal and then I felt that we just thought we were going to roll them over and take 2 or 3 goals from them. It’s not that simple. You must compete for 90 minutes.”
(On the second half…) “I thought at times we were very sloppy. I told them that at halftime. There were times they were getting at us and we were putting ourselves under pressure because we weren’t moving the ball quick enough. We got caught in possession sometimes. A couple of times were getting ready to knock the ball long and it was getting blocked. And all of a sudden there’s a momentum change. I started to wear on us…After we got a goal up we just took our foot off the gas.”