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Portland Timbers 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps from Providence Park
Diego Valeri celebrates his goal.
Portland Timbers 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps from Providence Park

Major League Soccer - Providence Park

7/18/2015 7:30pm: Warm & Clear, 33C/91F

Attendance: 21,314

Pre-game records: Portland Timbers (W9-D4-L7-31pts) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (W10-D2-L8-32pts)

Starting Line-ups:

Portland Timbers – GLK Adam Larsen Kwarasey, DEF Alvas Powell, DEF Liam Ridgewell, DEF Nat Borchers, DEF Jorge Villafana, MID Diego Valeri, MID Diego Chara, MID Will Johnson, MID Darlington Nagbe, MID Dairon Asprilla, FWD Fanendo Adi. Formation: 4-2-3-1.

Vancouver Whitecaps: GLK David Ousted, DEF Jordan Harvey, DEF Tim Parker, DEF Christian Dean, DEF Steven Beitashour, MID Matias Laba, MID Gershon Koffie, MID Kekuta Manneh, MID Mauro Rosales, MID Nicolas Mezquida, FWD Octavio Rivero. Formation: 4-2-3-1.

Game 21 of the MLS season:

El Nino was once again in full swing here at Providence Park on another warm, clear evening as the Portland Timbers took on Cascadia Cup rivals Vancouver Whitecaps for a 3rd time this season. A win at BC Place for the Whitecaps and a scoreless draw at Providence from the other meetings meant that the Timbers were looking for their first victory over their rivals in this calendar year.

Both sides were coming into this match off of defeats as the Timbers recent good form came to a halt away to the Philadelphia Union in one of the worst performances of the season for them, and BC lost 1-0 at home to Sporting Kansas City. Timbers Chairman Merritt Paulson splashed the cash this week with the announcement that the club had signed 22 year old Argentine Lucas Melano from Lanus for a club record $5,000,000. Caleb Porter was quoted to have said that he has had his eye on this youngster for some time and was delighted to have been able to get the deal over the line. Clear intentions from the Timbers that they were pushing for more than just a play-off spot this season.

Match Report:

1st Half

13 mins: After a cagey opening where both sides found it difficult to get their foot on the ball, Nagbe drove at the Whitecaps defense got the ball wide to Adi who dragged the ball back from the byline to find Nagbe again and his header down found Will Johnson and his shot from 20 yards out was just inches wide. Less than a minute later, Kekuta Manneh found himself open at the edge of the penalty area and his low shot was met brilliantly by Kwarasey to keep the score 0-0 as the game found it’s first real chances.

18 mins:  A quick throw in on the right hand side and Chara took advantage of the switched off Whitecaps defense and hit a low cross that fizzed passed everyone including Liam Ridgewell who was just inches away from a connection at the far post.

25 mins: A Vancouver corner kick was swung in from Borchers and a deflection towards goal was cleared away from Diego Chara as the Whitecaps began to get chances. A minute later Manneh was slid through by Rosales and took the ball around Kwarasey with great skill and his shot from 10 yards out to the right hand side was cleared out for a corner from almost the goal line by Nat Borchers.

31 mins: Nagbe was at the edge of the box and slid the ball to the left edge of the penalty area where Adi played a blind pass beautifully to put in Valeri but his low shot was saved by Ousted.

33 mins GOAL!: Diego Chara steals the ball with pace in midfield and finds Adi who in turn slips it through for Valeri and his low shot finds the net! Portland Timbers 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps.

41 mins: A long ball pass from Liam Ridgewell found Adi who chested it down and drilled a volley from 25 yards but it went agonizingly wide of the goal.

Half Time Score: Portland Timbers 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps

Shots: Portland Timbers 6 (2) – 11 (4) Vancouver Whitecaps

Possession: Portland Timbers 51%-49% Vancouver Whitecaps

2nd Half:

51 mins:  Nagbe and Valeri combined on the left hand side and Valeri made two amazing rollovers to take it past two defenders but his shot hit the side netting. Shortly afterwards, Valeri’s corner was headed only to the edge of the box and Will Johnson’s low shot was deflected wide as Portland went looking for the 2nd goal.

58 mins: For the first time in the game, the Portlend Timbers took their time to close down the Vancouver attack and it was Matias Laba who took the ball for a good 15 yards and hit one into the far corner to make it. Portland Timbers 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps.

64 mins: Corner was whipped in by Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi got his head to it from around 6 yards but it was blocked by the Vancouver defence.

69 mins: Rosales stretches but cannot quite get his header on target after an excellent cross from Tim Parker.

84 mins: The home side were pressuring but unable to find an intricate route through the defense as they began to dominate and a free kick was one by Chara from 40 yards. Johnson slid the ball low to substitute Fernandez who played a smart 1-2 with another sub Urruti but Fernandez shot was deflected just over the crossbar.

90 mins: At the final whistle and after a couple of hard challenges on Diego Chara, Will Johson was shown the red card for what looked like dissent toward the referee as things got a little out of hand.

Full Time Score: Portland Timbers 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

Shots: Portland Timbers 14 (3)–16 (6) Vancouver Whitecaps

Possession: Portland Timbers 54% – 46% Vancouver Whitecaps



A feisty game between two of the western conference better teams and to be fair, the Vancouver Whitecaps played very well in stifling the Timbers attack. Portland tried to play intricate balls through the opposition defense but all too often came up short even though they dominated the second half. Coach Porter brought on Wallace, Urruti, and Fernandez in the second half as Asprilla disappointed again and Nagbe could not find many opportunities to get at the away sides defense but to no avail. In the end, it was a deserved draw obtained by the Vancouver Whitecaps who remained unbeaten against the Portland Timbers this season.


Posted by Mark Henty on 07/18/2015 at 9:32 PM - PERMALINK | EMAIL | DISCUSS | PRINT | RSS  Subscribe
Portland Timbers 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes from Providence Park
Before the game as the Portland Timbers win over San Jose Earthquakes by a goal to nil
Portland Timbers 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes from Providence Park

Major League Soccer - Providence Park

7/5/2015 8pm: Warm & Clear, 30C/86F

Attendance: 21,314

Pre-game records: Portland Timbers (W8-D4-L6-28pts) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (W7-D4-L5-25pts)

Starting Line-ups:

Portland Timbers – GLK Adam Larsen Kwarasey, DEF Alvas Powell, DEF Liam Ridgewell, DEF Norberto Paparatto, DEF Jorge Villafana, MID Diego Valeri, MID Jack Jewsbury, MID Will Johnson, MID Darlington Nagbe, MID Dairon Asprilla, FWD Fanendo Adi. Formation: 4-2-3-1.

San Jose Earthquakes: GLK David Bingham, DEF Marvell Wynne, DEF Victor Bernardez, DEF Clarence Goodson, DEF Jordan Stewart, MID Fatai Alashe, MID Leandro Barrera, MID Shea Salinas, MID Tommy Thompson, MID Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, FWD Mark Sherrod. Formation: 4-1-4-1.

Game 19 of the MLS season:

Yet another glorious summer’s day in the Rose City as the Portland Timbers took on the San Jose Earthquakes at Providence Park in a game that was moved from a 2pm kick off to 8pm due to worries over excessive heat as temperatures in the Pacific Northwest got within touching distance of 100F once again. Both of these sides had won their local derby games last weekend with wins over the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy respectively. Just 3 points separated the 2 sides going into this game and both were battling their way towards the top of the Western conference standings, so this was an important game the season takes a turn for the home stretch.

Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear replaced Chris Wondolowski with Mark Sherrod in attack who played in their defeat to LA Galaxy in the US Open Cup. Caleb Porter rested Borchers, Chara, Wallace, Fernandez and Urruti from their win over the Seattle Sounders and brought in Ridgewell (back from suspension) Jewsbury, Asprilla, and Adi. Were the Portland Timbers going to continue their recent excellent run of form with 5 league wins out of 6 or were the San Jose Earthquakes to be able to make it 3 league wins in a row for them instead? A packed crowd at Providence Park was ready to find out.

Match Report:

1st Half

14 mins: Apart from a couple of clashes between Ridgewell and Sherrod, there was little to excite either sets of fans as both teams swapped possession in the opening exchanges. The home side seemed to be missing the engine of Diego Chara and lacking some width and San Jose were doing an excellent job of cutting out any through balls played by the home side.

19 mins: The first time that Darlington Nagbe found some space in midfield, he slid a quality pass wide left to Villafana but his low shot was parried wide by Bingham. This was the first real opportunity for either side.

24 mins: A corner was swung in by Salinas and the marking was poor by the home side and Mark Sherrod met it purely with his head and it was cleared off the line by Alvas Powell who appeared to handball it but the referee believed that it came off his shoulder. Poor decision by the referee and the Eartquakes should have had a penalty. A real let off for the Timbers who were struggling to get a foothold in the game.

26 mins: Alvas Powell found space on the right hand side and whipped in a cross that was cleared out only to Valeri who took a touch for control and then hit it sweet and low but unfortunately for the Timbers, very close to the right side of Bingham who collected calmly.

35 mins: Diego Valeri found himself out wide right and slipped a good pass into Dairon Asprilla who took a touch and hit a powerful shot just over the crossbar as the Timbers were beginning to take control of the game.

40 mins: Adi flicked on the ball and Valeri took the ball through to score but the flag did not go up and the referee was the one to make the call and disallow the goal. It was the correct decision but the referee’s assistant did not raise the flag. Still no goals as the Timbers pressed. One minute later Will Johnson hit one from 35 yards and it swerved wide of the post as the Timbers came agonizingly close again.

45 mins: Jordan Stewart clearly appeared to elbow Asprilla directly into the neck but nothing was given as the assistant on the far side had a rough first half as an understatement. Asprilla was okay to carry on.

Half Time Score: Portland Timbers 0-0 San Jose Earthquakes

Shots: Portland Timbers 9 (3) – 5 (2) San Jose Earthquakes

Possession: Portland Timbers 63%-37% San Jose Earthquakes

2nd Half:

51 mins: Asprilla bursts through the center of the field taking the ball right to the edge of the penalty area and is brought down cynically by Clarence Goodson but it’s only a yellow card as there were other defenders around. Valeri hit it from 23 yards out but it hit the wall as the Timbers started well in the second half looking for the opening goal.

53 mins: Nagbe picked the ball up just outside his own penalty area from an Earthquakes corner and slid the ball down the line to Valeri who put Villafana through on goal but he was adjudged offside in a very tight call. His shot went wide of the post in any case. Portland were looking dangerous at this point of the game.

57 mins:  Tommy Thompson fired in a decent low shot from outside the box on the right hand side but it trickled past the far post in a rare chance for the away team as the Timbers were really showing some urgency in this 2nd half.

68 mins: Alvas Powell was wide right and had his first attempt at a cross blocked but his second attempt at the byline was a good one and it was Will Johnson who almost met it at the back post but Bingham was right there to block any header toward goal. The game was crying out for a Rodney Wallace at this point as Asprilla was struggling to get anything going.

79 mins:  The game had been in a rut for a good 10 minutes when Caleb Porter decided to bring on Rodney Wallace and Max Urruti for Asprilla and Adi, neither had a particularly good game as the Timbers were struggling to find a finishing touch.

81 mins: So close for the Timbers as Paparatto rises the highest from a corner swung in and his header is firm but bounces right at the arms of Bingham.

87 mins: Alvas Powell whipped in a decent cross to the far post and substitute Gaston Fernandez nodded it into the back of the net but it is adjudged offside and the home fans joy turns to anger.

90 mins:  Valeri whipped in a free kick from the left hand side and it deflected off Gaston Fernandez and looped up and there was Jack Jewsbury to loop a shot instinctively over the keeper and defense to win it for the Portland Timbers! Portland Timbers 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes.

Full Time Score: Portland Timbers 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes

Shots: Portland Timbers 23 (7)–7 (2) San Jose Earthquakes

Possession: Portland Timbers 62% – 38% San Jose Earthquakes



What was one of the more forgettable games of the season at Providence Park as the Timbers probed and proded but could not find a way through a resilient San Jose defense until Jack Jewsbury popped home an injury time winner. Caleb Porter went with only Asprilla as a natural winger for this game and he did not have the best game and Villafana was not as effective as he had been in previous games. Dominic Kinnear will have gone home quite happy with a point after soaking up the pressure but it was not to be as the home side snatched it at the death. Portland have scored more goals in the last 15 minutes than any other team in the MLS and they are now on a run of 6 wins out of 7 games and once again climbing the league table.


Posted by Mark Henty on 07/05/2015 at 10:04 PM - PERMALINK | EMAIL | DISCUSS | PRINT | RSS  Subscribe
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