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Disappointing Home Match Sees Vancouver Whitecaps Lose To Portland 2-1

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Photo: Rory Coomy Photography

Whitecaps FC returned home after a great 1 – 0 victory over the LA Galaxy last Wednesday.

A crowd of 25,083 fans were hoping to see another victory, after their last home win over NY City FC. It was a beautiful summer afternoon that deserved a better result.

The supporters were treated to a less than attractive performance that fell short in entertainment value. The Caps were struggling getting their timing and focus with the job at hand. It only took 14 minutes in the first half for the Portland Timbers to take the lead. It came on a redirection by forward Jeremy Ebobisse from a cross by Dairon Asprilla.

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Photo: Rory Coomey Photography

The Caps had a few chances to even up the score but were frustrated by great saves from Portland’s goalkeeper, Jack Gleeson. It took until the 45th minute for the Caps to finally get the equalizer from a deflected ball off a corner kick by Christian Bolaños that went off the head of Tim Parker to find an open Andrew Jacobson.

He was able to get a foot and push the ball past the goal line. It seemed that the tying goal would give the Caps the push needed to go for the win.

The second half, unfortunately, did not live up to the expectations that the supporters were hoping for. The Caps, not for lack of trying, were unable to break Portland’s back four.

In the 49th minute, Sebastian Blanco scored what ended up being the game winner, from a cheeky back heel by Jeremy Ebobisse in the box.

After Portland took the lead, it became apparent that the visitors were happy to just sit back and counter. They also took every opportunity to delay the game with every tackle. It was frustrating for the fans and players alike, even Caps keeper, David Ousted received a yellow card for arguing with the referee.

Moving Forward

The defeat left the Whitecaps in 6th place in the Western Division Standings with 27 points and 3 points behind both Portland and Seattle.

The Caps next game is an away tilt against the Western Division leaders, FC Dallas. It will be the first of three straight road games. They will return to BC Place for a match against Houston Dynamo on Saturday, August 19th, 2017.

Written by: Carlos Parra, 604 Now

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