Lucas Cavallini lifts Whitecaps past Timbers in Cascadia Cup opener
Canadian forward scores lone goal in Vancouver's season opener
Lucas Cavallini scored in the 49th minute and the Vancouver Whitecaps kicked off the 2021 Cascadia Cup with a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers in the season opener for both teams on Sunday night.
After Andy Rose nearly scored in the 48th minute for Vancouver, Cristian Gutierrez sent the resulting corner to the far post and the unmarked Cavallini headed it home for the Whitecaps.
It was technically a home game for Vancouver, which scheduled its home games at Real Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium through at least the end of June.
"I really want this win for the Vancouver fans and everybody that is home, not being able to be at a stadium, not being able to be with us," said Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos. "When you play Portland and you win, you can only remember all the fans in Vancouver.
"That one is for them."
Diego Chara created the Timbers' best scoring chance in the 89th minute with a pass from midfield that connected with Felipe Mora in the 18-yard box. But goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau deflected Mora's shot over the crossbar to help preserve the win for Vancouver.
"As a striker, scoring goals always boosts your confidence," said Cavallini. "But not only that, just the extra shifts, putting in the work for the boys, the pressure, not making them attack our lines easily. The goal was extra but our effort today was outstanding."
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Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark left the game in the 78th minute due to an apparent injury. No additional information has been released.
The Cascadia Cup is between the Timbers, Seattle Sounders, and Vancouver and is awarded each season to the best soccer team in the Pacific Northwest.
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