PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Pedro Morales scored on a pair of penalty kicks and the Vancouver Whitecaps held off the Portland Timbers 4-3 in an emotionally charged Cascadia Cup rivalry match Sunday night.
Erik Hurtado and Jordan Harvey also scored for the Whitecaps, who beat the Timbers for the first time since the two teams joined Major League Soccer in 2011.
The victory extended Vancouver's unbeaten streak to five straight matches. The Whitecaps (5-2-5) played to a 2-all draw against the Seattle Sounders in another Cascadia Cup rivalry match last weekend.
The loss snapped a six-match unbeaten streak for the Timbers (3-4-7), who were coming off a successful road trip with back-to-back wins against New York and Chivas USA. It was their first lost at home this season.
The Cascadia Cup is a supporter-created award that goes to the winner of the combined season series between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. The award dates to 2004, when all three played in the USL, but the rivalry between the three Pacific Northwest clubs goes back to 1975, when the teams were with the NASL.
The match got chippy toward the end, and Timbers coach Caleb Porter and Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson exchanged words afterward. Neither would reveal what was said, except for the usual congratulatory words, but players from both sides had to come between the two.
"We're all emotional," Timbers defender Jack Jewsbury said. "It's a results-oriented business. Three goals, you expect to win. It's disappointing."
Portland wasted no time and took an early 1-0 lead when Maximiliano Urruti scored in the third minute for his sixth goal of the season.
But Morales converted on his first penalty kick for the Whitecaps in the 16th minute to even the match at 1-all. Morales beat Timbers goalkeeper Donvan Ricketts on his second PK in the 26th minute to put Vancouver on top.
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