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Rodriguez, Mora score to give Timbers a 2-0 win over Whitecaps

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press
Published: June 22, 2024, 10:21pm
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Portland Timbers forward Jonathan Rodríguez, center, scores past Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, June 22, 2024, in Portland, Ore.
Portland Timbers forward Jonathan Rodríguez, center, scores past Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, June 22, 2024, in Portland, Ore. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP) Photo Gallery

PORTLAND (AP) — Jonathan Rodriguez and Felipe Mora scored first-half goals and the Portland Timbers extended their unbeaten streak to six straight games with a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in a Cascadia Cup rivalry match on Saturday night.

Rodriguez scored his eighth goal of the season in the 26th minute to put the Timbers in front.

Mora doubled the lead with a goal in the 43rd minute, his team-leading ninth goal of the year. Mora maneuvered between a pair of defenders and blasted the ball past Whitecaps goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka.

The Timbers (7-7-6) are the only MLS team with three players with eight or more goals this seaon. Evander also has eight.
Evander had a dangerous free kick in stoppage time from just outside the top of the box but it sailed over the goal.

The Cascadia Cup is the annual three-way competition between the Timbers, Whitecaps and the Seattle Sounders, created by supporters of the three Pacific Northwest teams. The winner of the trophy is determined on points.

It was Whitecaps’ coach Vanni Sartini’s 100th MLS regular-season match with the team.

Vancouver (7-7-4) was missing two players because of the Copa America. Ali Ahmed is playing for Canada and Andres Cubas is with Paraguay.

Portland’s Maxime Crépeau and Kamal Miller are also playing for Canada in the Copa America, while Miguel Araujo is on Peru’s roster.

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