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This time, Timbers' rally falls short
by Paul Kennedy, June 1st, 2014 11:36PM
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[MLS: Week 13] After Portland-Seattle (4-4) and Vancouver-Seattle (2-2), it was time for the the Timbers and Whitecaps to square off in the Cascadia Cup and they did not disappoint. Vancouver raced out to a 4-1 lead and held off the Timbers for a 4-3 win.

Portland has been living on the edge at home all season, but this time the deficit was too much to overcome. Chilean Pedro Morales scored twice from the penalty spot and added assists on goals by Jordan Harvey and Erik Hurtado as Vancouver raced out to a 4-1 lead.

Late goals by Gaston Fernandez and Will Johnson cut the lead to 4-3, but Portland could not get the equalizer. The result ended Portland's six-game unbeaten streak and 22-game unbeaten streak at home and left it in eighth place in the Western Conference.

An emotional Portland coach Caleb Porter said he could live with the two penalties called against the Timbers but not if they didn't get calls themselves.

If you’re going to call a PK, two of them, I’m fine with that," he said, "but you better give them the other way, too. That’s where I have the problem, not the calls that were made but the ones that weren’t made.”

Porter said he had told his players before the game that he thought Vancouver was the best team in MLS. He just wasn't happy the way the game came out.

"I thought the result was unfair, in my opinion," he said.

Meanwhile, Vancouver moved into fourth place with games in hand on every other team in the Western Conference except the LA Galaxy.



MLS WEEK 13, Schedule:
Sunday, June 1
Chicago 1 LA Galaxy 1.
CHI: Jeff Larentowicz pen. 68
LA: Landon Donovan (Robbie Rogers) 74
Att.: 17,487.

Colorado 3 Houston 0.
COL: Deshorn Brown (Marvell Wynne) 5
COL: Deshorn Brown (Dillon Powers) 35
COL: Kamani Hill (Dillon Powers) 51
Att.: 17,470.

Portland 3 Vancouver 4.
POR: Maximiliano Urruti (Diego Valeri) 3 
POR: Pedro Morales pen. 16
POR: Pedro Morales pen. 26
POR: Erik Hurtado (Pedro Morales, Matias Laba) 45+4
POR: Jordan Harvey (Pedro Morales) 49
POR: Gaston Fernandez (Diego Valeri) 77
POR: Will Johnson (Fanendo Adi) 86
Att.: 20,814

MLS WEEK 13, Results:
Saturday, May 31
Toronto FC 3 Columbus 2.
CLB: Justin Meram (Ethan Finlay) 18
TFC: Jermain Defoe (pen.) 21
CLB: Agustin Viana (Ben Speas) 65
TFC: Jermain Defoe (Gilberto) 81
TFC: Doneil Henry (Daniel Lovitz) 90+2
Att.: 22,591.

Montreal 2 New England 0.
MON: Andres Romero (Marco Di Vaio) 3
MON: Jack McInerney 38
Att.: 18,068.

D.C. United 1 Sporting KC 0.
DCU: Fabian Espindola (Chris Korb) 28.
Red Card: DCU -- Alex Caskey 94+.
Att.: 18,522.

FC Dallas 1 San Jose 2.
DAL: Blas Perez (Fabian Castillo) 16
SJ: Atiba Harris (Steven Lenhart) 27
SJ: Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi 1 (Khari Stephenson) 45
Red Card: DAL -- Adam Moffat 37.
Att.: 15,682.

Chivas USA 0 Philadelphia 3.
PHI: Conor Casey pen. 28
PHI: Conor Casey (Cristian  Maidana) 66
PHI: Cristian Maidana (Vincent Nogueira) 76
Red Card: CHV -- Oswaldo Minda 83.
Att.: 5,231.

Seattle 4 Real Salt Lake 0.
SEA: Gonzalo Pineda (pen.)
SEA: Marco Pappa 55
SEA: Chad Barrett (Lamar Neagle) 62
SEA: Obafemi Martins (Kenny Cooper) 90
Att.: 39,245.

Wednesday, May 28

Chivas USA 2 Portland 0.
POR: Fanendo Adi (Jorge Villafana, Darlington Nagbe) 65
POR: Fanendo Adi (Diego Valeri) 71
Red Card: CHV -- Bobby Burling 84.
Att.: 3,702.
 
Tuesday, May 27

Sporting KC 1 New York 1.
SKC: Toni (Benny Feilhaber) 9
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Thierry Henry) 50
Att.: 19,221.



MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
23 New England 7-4-2 21/146
21 D.C. United 6-4-3 18/14
19 Sporting KC 5-5-4 19/14
17 Houston 5-8-2 16/27
16 Toronto FC 5-4-1 15/13
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16 Columbus 4-5-4 17/17
15 New York 3-5-6 20/22
14 Philadelphia 3-7-5 19/24
13 Chicago 2-3-7 20/22
10 Montreal 1-7-4 11/22

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
29 Seattle 9-3-2 29/21
24 Real Salt Lake 6-1-6 23/17
21 Colorado 6-4-3 19/15
20 Vancouver 5-2-5 22/17
18 FC Dallas 5-7-3 23/24
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16 LA Galaxy 4-3-4 15/10
16 San Jose 4-4-4 15/13
16 Portland 3-4-7 23/204
10 Chivas USA 2-7-4 13/25
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
11+1 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
10 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
8 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
8 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
7+1 Fabian Espindola, D.C. United
7 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
6+2 Jermaine Defoe, Toronto FC
6+1 Obafemi Martins
, Seattle
6+1 Gaston Fernandez, Portland
6 Federico Higuain, Columbus
6 Joao Plata
, Real Salt Lake
6 Will Bruin, Houston
6 Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake

MLS WEEK 14, Schedule:
Wednesday, June 4
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS LIVE
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. Chicago, MLS LIVE
Friday, June 6
8:30 pm ET
Houston vs. Sporting KC, MLS LIVE
Saturday, June 7
4 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. San Jose, MLS LIVE
6:30 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Columbus, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Vancouver, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Seattle, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Colorado, MLS LIVE
10 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Portland, MLS LIVE, UDN
Sunday, June 8 
5 pm ET
New England vs. New York, MLS LIVE
8 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA, UDN

MLS WEEK 15, Schedule:
Wednesday, June 11
7:30 pm ET
Montreal vs. D.C. United, MLS LIVE
10 pm ET
Portland vs. FC Dallas, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes


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