It wasn’t the end to the season that the Whitecaps had been hoping for.
Arch Cascadia Cup rivals the Portland Timbers downed the club 2-0 on aggregate in front of a lower-bowl sellout crowd of 27,000 fans, ending dreams of a deep playoff run.
It was the Whitecaps first home playoff game in the team’s modern MLS incarnation. And going into the match there was an electric atmosphere, with thousands of fans parading the downtown streets.
— Kasey Hunter (@KRWJonze) November 9, 2015
— Matt Lee (@mattlee980) November 9, 2015
Because last weekends match between the two teams was a scoreless draw, the pressure was on the Caps to win on goals. But the scoring never came.
Things went sour just 26 minutes into the game when the Caps’ rising star winger Kekuta Manneh twisted his ankle and was forced out of the game.
Five minutes later the Timbers’ Fernando Adi netted the first goal of the game.
It proved to be a deficit the Whitecaps couldn’t recover from.
After a scoreless second half, the Timbers Diego Chara netted an insurance goal four minutes into stoppage time.
The Timbers now advance to play FC Dallas in the MLS Western Conference Championship.