Whitecaps/Timbers game summary
The first meeting of the Whitecaps and the Timbers certainly didn’t lack for atmosphere as the regional foes went into the match with the added motivation of the Cascadia Cup standings injecting passion under the backdrop of a rain drenched evening.
The game was played under quite slippery and error strewn conditions in a very disjointed affair that saw a lengthy rain delay before the second half could continue.
Alain Rochat`s carelessness in possession as he tried to dribble the ball out of defence led to the Portland goal about 67 minutes into the game.
The teams were then forced to wait for a while when the sky opened up, and tried to keep loose with stretches and dynamic movement exercises, before the game could resume.
It looked for the remainder of the game as though Vancouver would be condemned to defeat, only to see a late push result in yet another set of late game Whitecaps heroics with the SuperDraft `s second overall selection Darren Mattocks coming on late to salvage a draw.
The real star of this game was the infamous Pacific Northwest liquid sunshine that elected to come down in buckets. Passing efficiently became much more difficult, as did the timing of tackles and keeping one`s balance.
The lengthy delay also contributed to interrupting Portland`s momentum following their opening goal, and aided the Whitecaps late resurgence.
The Whitecaps had played through an astounding fixtures overload of 9 games in 28 days, and it was apparent that the solid devotion to fitness training in the off-season and camp has helped improve the stamina of the men in white and blue.
They have already become well noted for late game comebacks prior to this match, and proceeded to add to that growing legend.
Man of the Match
Darren Mattocks had a difficult start to his season with the burn injury, but he is beginning to justify his high selection with another goal.
Play of the Match
Mattocks’ chested down an excellent flick from fellow sub Eric Hassli and confidently glided past a defender before neatly dispatching his shot high into the Portland goal.
“I give thanks to all the Vancouver supporters who came down from Vancouver to support us. This goal is for them.” – Darren Mattocks on his goal
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