October 21, 2012, 6:09 pm
The Timbers hoist the Cascadia Cup after a Jack Jewsbury goal propels Portland past Vancouver 1-0.
Portland entered the game with a lot at stake. A win would send the Cascadia Cup back to the Rose City. A loss would make the Timbers the 5th MLS team ever to go winless on the road, and to add salt to the wound, would give the Seattle Sounders the Cascadia Cup.
Vancouver entered the game with high stakes of their own. The Cup was out of their reach, but a victory would clinch a playoff berth for the Whitecaps.
After a sloppy early start, Portland struck first in the 39th minute after a beautiful shot by Jack Jewsbury that he bent into the top, right corner of the net.
That would be plenty of offense as Donovan Ricketts and the rest of the defense blanked Vancouver, their first shutout since they beat Colorado 1-0 on August 31st.
Portland improved to 1-12-4 on the road and avoided being the 5th MLS team to go an entire season without a road win, a feat last accomplished by the Whitecaps last year.
One game remains on Portland's schedule, the home-finale next Saturday versus San Jose.