THE POSTGAME – Portland Timbers are 2009 Cascadia Cup Champions! They Beat Vancouver 1 – 0 !
– The defending champions fall and the Timbers extend their unbeaten streak to 19 matches, avenging their only loss on the season. Wth the victory, the Timbers take the season series from the Whitecaps 2-1 and also take the Cascadia Cup Championship, the franchise’s first-ever. An exciting game tonight and it’s good to the see the Timbers get 3 points after a couple of dissapointing draws, especially the Minnesota debacle. The Timbers move into a 1st place tie with the Carolina Railhawks.
- Suzuki was all over the place tonight. He drew three whistles in the first half with his relentless pressure up the sidelines. The Whitecaps are forced to send multiple defenders after him, thus creating opportunites and space for the other Timber players. He even made a defensive play in the 2nd half, tracking back to break-up a threatening run into the box. Taka’s motor just always seems to be running, too bad he’s 33, he’d be a fun player to watch in the MLS.
- Also have to drop about Claesson. He made a handful of nice long balls across midfield that opened up great scoring opportunites for the forwards upfront. Claesson, of course, assisting on the game’s only goal to Pore.
- Nice to see Ryan Pore back into the swing of things with that goal. He did a good job playing up front tonight with his speed and constant aggression. However, how well can he and Keita co-exist? It seemed like Keita was a bit quiet tonight and got very few touches. In fact, near the end of the game Pore had that break-away where he shot the ball horrible wide and also missed a wide open Keita running across the box. Hopefully, they can learn to share the pitch, give each other space, and not run into each other too much.
- Cronin gets his 7th shutout on the season. He was his solid self defending the net which has become the standard this season. I liked the substitutions that Coach Wilkinson made in the 2nd half. Scott Thompson brought in a little more defense and some fresh legs to give the team enough energy to stave off any late Vancouver runs. Our defense looked sharp, completely opposite of the Whitecaps. Their defenders looked lethargic and played carelessly, no wonder they’ve allowed 25 goals against them this season.
- That Marlon James is a dangerous player though, huh? The Timbers did a good job of containing him, but he still was able to break through for a number of threatening runs. He’s tied for the league lead in goals at an amazing 8 goals in 10 games played. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him making waves in the MLS soon, did anybody see the one-timer he had? Again, good thing we have Cronin.
- It’s so good when the Timber’s score early, as they seem to play more comfortably and with better confidence. We definitely controlled possesion for most of the match and although the Whitecaps had some good shots on goal, we simply outworked them and fought harder tonight.
- Attendance was decent at 10,783. I think the overcast clouds might have kept some people away, but still a solid crowd. And they got to see a fun Timber’s victory tonight.
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