Portland Timbers travelled to Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps with 12 first-team players missing. They needed something special to take anything from the game. And they got just that, as they picked up a surprise 2-1 win at BC Place.
Portland’s Jeremy Ebobisse marked his first MLS start with a goal and an assist in a eye-catching display. It took him just 14 minutes to get the Timbers off the mark as he converted a Dairon Asprilla cross.
Vancouver rallied though and got their reward on the stroke of halftime. Andrew Jacobson tapped in at the back post following a flick-on by Tim Parker. The home side went into the break in high spirits and would have expected to go on and win the game. But Portland had other plans.
The Timbers came out fast in the second half and went 2-1 up in the 49th minute as Sebastian Blanco fired in past David Ousted. Despite the rapid start to the second half, there would be no more goals as Vancouver struggled to get past Jake Gleeson in the Portland goal.
The result ended a six-game winless run for the Timbers. While Vancouver saw their two-game win streak ended to their Cascadia rivals. Portland are now three points clear of the Whitecaps in the Western Conference but have played three games more.
Check out exclusive photos from Sunday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographers Chris Kachanoski, John May and Hazel May.