Vancouver Whitecaps v Portland Timbers – The Story In Pictures

Vancouver Whitecaps v Portland Timbers – The Story In Pictures

Wow. That’s how you end a season. Of course it does make you wonder where that’s been the whole year, but it was one hell of a climax nonetheless.

Vancouver Whitecaps routed Portland Timbers at BC Place on Sunday afternoon, hitting four unanswered goals by the 55th minute mark in a 4-1 victory that saw the ‘Caps end the Timbers season and lift a record-breaking sixth Cascadia Cup.

A stunning Giles Barnes double had the ‘Caps two up and coasting by half time, and they looked home and dry after Pedro Morales and Nicolas Mezquida added two goals in a minute.

Of course it wouldn’t be the Whitecaps this season if they didn’t give up a goal on a penalty and provide everyone with a nervy final few minutes, but there was no repeat of the devastating Toronto Canadian Championship late loss, and Vancouver held firm for the win and the Cup.

AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game and here’s his “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.

[Also check out Tom’s website for more of his photos and work].


Your Cascadia Cup winning starting XI


In the 13th minute the ball comes to Giles Barnes just inside the box


And the Jamaican lasers home his first for Vancouver, much to his delight


Nobody in the stadium can believe Lucas Melano missed a wide open goal in the 20th minute


Nicolas Mezquida nearly makes it two, but fires over from 12 yards out


Somewhere on Gallifrey, a Timelord wants his clothes back


Tempers flare and arms fly when Kendall Waston clatters Fanendo Adi


Only a booking though – for now. Hello DisCo


Barnes is at it again in the 32nd minute


Burying a beauty past Jake Gleason into the bottom right corner to make it 2-0 Vancouver


Oh the joy!


Meanwhile, Adi is losing the plot


Nine minutes into the second half, it’s three for the ‘Caps as Pedro Morales buries another beauty high into the net


Tats out for the lads


And just over a minute later, the ‘Caps are streaking forward again


And Nicolas Mezquida makes it four!


Nico and the ‘Caps are flying


Role reversal and the woman in the stands can’t believe it


Trust the ‘Caps to make it tense though as Diego Valeri slots home a 72nd minute penalty


Brett Levis makes his MLS debut and leaves Darlington Nagbe trailing in his wake


Your Golden Boot winner ladies and gentleman – Pedro Morales and his 9 goals


A 4-1 win ends Portland’s season and gives Vancouver their sixth Cascadia Cup


We planned to end on that but who can resist a photo of sad Caleb Porter

You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below:

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Authored by: Michael McColl

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