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By BRYAN ROBISON
With both teams fighting for a chance at two different trophies, the Portland Timbers went into BC Place looking for any way to salvage a seemingly lost season. The mission was accomplished for those Timbers, as they earned a 1-0 victory to not only earn their first road win of the season, but also win the Cascadia Cup.
For Vancouver, it was quite the disappointing effort and result. With four points separating the Whitecaps and FC Dallas coming into Sunday evening’s match, the Whitecaps had the opportunity to clinch an MLS Cup playoff spot with a win. That never materialized, as the Whitecaps never displayed consistency on offense. The Whitecaps ultimately clinched a playoff spot anyway, thanks to Seattle’s 3-1 victory against FC Dallas. That helped Vancouver become the first Canadian team to reach the MLS playoffs.
Jack Jewsbury provided the game’s only goal, and may have also provided the goal of the week with his strike in the closing minutes of the second half. From just over thirty yards out, Jewsbury was set up with a let pass by Franck Songo’o. From there, Jewsbury hit a blast past a diving Brad Knighton, who had no chance of saving the shot as it headed toward the far corner into the net.
Vancouver will look to try and build some momentum heading into their wild card match-up against the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy in their season finale at Rio Tinto Stadium against Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Timbers will close out their season at home at JELD-WEN Field against the San Jose Earthquakes on the same day.
Here are the match highlights:
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