Portland Timbers–Vancouver Whitecaps rivalry

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Portland Timbers–Vancouver Whitecaps rivalry
Other namesCascadia Cup
LocalePacific Northwest
First meetingPortland 2–0 Vancouver
(May 16, 1975)
Latest meetingVancouver 1−0 Portland
MLS regular season
(April 18, 2021)
Next meetingVancouver v Portland
MLS regular season
(September 10, 2021)
Most wins45 (Vancouver)
Top scorerDiego Valeri (10)
All-time seriesVancouver leads 45–43–21 (W–L–T)
(109 confirmed meetings)
Largest victoryPortland 5–0 Vancouver
1982 NASL
(May 2, 1982)

The Portland Timbers–Vancouver Whitecaps rivalry is a soccer rivalry between the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, both based in the Cascadia region of United States and Canada. The rivalry originated in the North American Soccer League of the 1970s, and later carried into successor leagues through the 1980s and the 2000s, including the A-League and USL First Division, with both cities reviving expansion teams. The rivalry moved to Major League Soccer, the top division of soccer in the United States, in 2011, where it has grown into one of the largest in North American soccer.[1]

The two clubs are part of the Cascadia Cup, the trophy and competition created in 2004 by supporters of the Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps, and the Seattle Sounders which is awarded each season to the best top-flight soccer team in the Cascadia region.[2] Vancouver won the inaugural Cup, defeating Portland three times in 2004. The Timbers and Whitecaps have antagonistic roots dating to the days of the original North American Soccer League beginning in 1975.[3] The rivalry regained steam as Portland and Vancouver clashed in crucial, and often physical matches during the late 2000s, with the clubs facing each other in memorable playoff duels in 2007, 2009, and 2010.[4] The two clubs played for the 100th time in 2017, and the rivalry is one of the most-played in US soccer history.

In the first decade of the two clubs playing in Major League Soccer together, Portland and Vancouver have a friendlier rivalry than that of other match-ups in the Cascadia Cup, such as Portland and Seattle.[5] One reason for the less-intense rivalry for the time being could be simple geography (Portland is closer to Seattle than Vancouver) or Vancouver not attaining a similar level of sustained MLS success as the two other Cascadia clubs. However, individual matches between the sides have been just as intense as any rivalry in the league, such as when Portland defeated Vancouver in a brutal two-game playoff series on their way to winning the 2015 MLS Cup. Additionally, many Whitecap players point to the Timbers being their biggest rival.[6]

Vancouver Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks defends Portland midfielder Freddie Braun in an MLS game between the clubs on May 26, 2012


As of November 2, 2020
Competition Matches Wins Draws
Portland Vancouver
NASL (1975–1982) 19 9 10 0
WSA/WSL (1987–1990) 1 0 1 0
A-League/USL-1 (2001–2010) 39 11 18 10
MLS (2011–present) 26 13 8 6
League Totals - Regular Season 85 33 36 16
NASL playoffs 2 2 0 0
A-League/USL-1 playoffs 8 2 5 1
MLS playoffs 2 1 0 1
League Totals - Playoffs 12 5 5 2
Friendlies (all formats) 11 5 3 3
All-time Totals 108 43 45 21

NASL era (1975–82)[edit]

The original Vancouver Whitecaps were founded in December 1973 and began to play in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 1974.[7] Portland was subsequently granted an expansion team the next year, the Timbers, and in 1975 the clubs played their first match against each other, with Portland winning 2–0 in the initial game on May 16, 1975.[8]

Both the Timbers and the Whitecaps achieved success in the beginning years of the league, with Portland winning the regular season title in 1975 and making the Soccer Bowl while Vancouver won the championship in 1979. Due to the success of both teams and the natural proximity of the two towns, Portland and Vancouver developed a rivalry.

The rivalry got off to an auspicious start, with Portland winning the first six games. However Vancouver came straight back, winning the next five and only losing three additional times to the Timbers during the duration of NASL play.

In 1978, Vancouver was the top-ranked club in the league heading into the playoffs, with a record of 24–6. They won their first round game but were upset by the Timbers in the playoffs, who won both games in route to a 3–1 aggregate goal margin.[9] Clyde Best scored in both games in the first playoff confrontation between the teams.

Portland folded its team at the end of the 1982 season, as player salaries outpaced team revenue.[10] The original Vancouver Whitecaps also folded along with the NASL in 1984.

WSL/WSA era (1987–1990)[edit]

Portland regained a soccer club in 1985 with the formation of F.C. Portland, who joined the Western Alliance Challenge Series. In 1986, Portland joined the Western Soccer Alliance, while at the same time the Vancouver franchise was reborn in the Canadian Soccer League (CSL), where they were immediately successful. The two clubs began to play matches against each other in 1987–with F.C. Portland becoming the second side to take the Timbers name in 1989–and continued until Portland folded in 1990.

USL era (2001–2010)[edit]

Timbers forward Ibad Muhamadu in a game against Vancouver, October 2, 2010

In 2001, the third incarnation of the Portland Timbers was established and the club joined the USL First Division (USL-1), which already contained the Vancouver Whitecaps.[11] The first game between the rivals in over a decade came on June 13, 2001, with Portland's Vadim Tolstolutsky scoring in the 90th minute to salvage a tie for the Timbers after neither side scored in extra time.[12]

In the first playoff series between the two clubs in 24 years, Portland and Vancouver faced off in the first round of the 2002 A-League playoffs. Vancouver won both games 1-0 to advance to the next round.

In 2004, fan-based organizations supporting the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps as well as the Seattle Sounders sponsored the creation of a two-foot-tall silver cup to be awarded annually to the club that finishes with the best record in the season series between the three rivals.[13]

The Whitecaps dominated the series during the mid-2000s, not losing to the Timbers in league play for over 3 years between May 2004 and July 2007.

The Portland-Vancouver rivalry reached new heights near the end of the 2000s after Portland knocked Vancouver out of the USL playoffs in 2007, only for the Whitecaps to return the favor twice, delivering a death blow to the Timbers' postseason runs in both 2009 and 2010. In the 2009 season, Portland was the top-ranked club in the league but fell to Vancouver in a dramatic two-game series that the Whitecaps won 5-4 on aggregate.

Portland fell behind defending champions Vancouver in the first game of the 2007 USL playoff opening round 1-0. However, on the return leg, the Timbers ran right through the Whitecaps, advancing with a 3-0 win and a 3-1 total goal advantage on aggregate. This was the first time Portland had advanced past the first round of the A-League or USL playoffs, in what was described as "an intense and offensive contest between the Northwest rivals".[14]

In 2009 and 2010, supporters of the Timbers and Whitecaps decided to continue the Cascadia Cup without the Sounders while playing in the USL, after Seattle moved to Major League Soccer in 2009. Timbers and Whitecaps supporters voted to only included regular season USL-1 matches played between the teams and Portland won the cup for the first time.

Portland and Vancouver faced each other once again in the 2009 USL playoffs, this time in the second round. Portland was the top overall team in the league in 2009, compiling a 16-4-10 W-L-D record, while Vancouver was the lowest-seeded team to make the playoffs. Vancouver won the first game of the two-game playoff series 2-1 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC, meaning that the Timbers would need to win at home in order to advance. Portland nearly fought back to equalize overall but second-half goals from Martin Nash and Marlon James forced a 3-3 tie at PGE Park, and the Timbers never scored again, giving Vancouver the win 5-4 on goal aggregate.

In 2010, the final year of both clubs playing in USL, they met again in the playoffs, this time in the first round with Portland as the 4th seed and Vancouver as the 5th seed. On October 7, 2010, in the first leg of the matchup, Gershon Koffie scored in the first minute and Martin Nash added a 13th minute strike to give the Whitecaps a 2-0 win at Swangard Stadium. Three days later, on the return leg in Portland, James Marcelin scored for the Timbers in the 49th minute, but Portland was not able to find the equalizer, and Vancouver advanced to the next round with a 2-1 aggregate win, their second straight season eliminating Portland in the playoffs.

MLS era (2011–present)[edit]

Timbers and Whitecaps players face off during the first MLS game in Vancouver between the franchises at BC Place, October 2, 2011

The Vancouver franchise was granted status on March 18, 2009 by MLS Commissioner Don Garber as the seventeenth franchise of Major League Soccer. The Portland Timbers were announced as the eighteenth franchise two days later, and the two Cascadia clubs joined MLS together for the 2011 MLS season.[15] The Timbers won the initial MLS game against the Whitecaps, and it would take until 2014 for Vancouver to first win against Portland.

The two clubs met for the first time in the MLS Playoffs in a two game aggregate series in the 2015 Western Conference Semifinals. After the first game tied 0-0 at Portland's Providence Park, the Timbers won the return match at BC Place 2-0 on goals by Fanendo Adi and Diego Chara, advancing to the Western Conference Finals.[16] The Timbers would later win the 2015 MLS Cup, becoming the first team from Cascadia to do so.

On August 10, 2019, Portland defeated the Whitecaps 3–1, placing them first in Cascadia Cup standings. Goals were scored by Sebastián Blanco, Marvin Loría, and Jeremy Ebobisse.

Due to the COVID-19 disruption of MLS play as well as cross-border restrictions imposed by the Canadian government, Vancouver played the entirety of their 2020 home matches against American teams at Portland's Providence Park in a way to easier facilitate travel accommodations.[17] The first "home" match for Vancouver coincidentally was against the Timbers, who played as the away side in their own park.[18] Portland won 1-0, scoring an official away goal by Felipe Mora in the 5th minute.

As of 2020, Portland holds a 13–7–7 W-D-L advantage over Vancouver in MLS play.[19]

In 2021, Vancouver continued to play in the United States, but at Real Salt Lake's own Rio Tinto Stadium given the continuing cross-border travel restrictions that continues to prevent Vancouver from playing their home matches in Canada. Vancouver played as the home team against Portland on April 18, 2021 in Rio Tinto Stadium where they won the match 1–0.[20]

Supporter groups[edit]

Both clubs have a strong history of supporter groups that connect and promote the rivalry. Portland's supporting group is the Timbers Army while Vancouver's is the Vancouver Southsiders. The two groups, along with the Emerald City Supporters of Seattle, jointly created the Cascadia Cup in 2004.

Members of the supporting groups between the two clubs even jointly celebrated together after Vancouver eliminated Portland from the 2010 USL Playoffs due to the shared move to MLS the next year.[5]


Home team is listed on the left, away team is listed on the right. Home team's score is listed first.

  Timbers win   Whitecaps win   Draw


North American Soccer League (1975–1982)[edit]

WSL/WSA (1987–1990)[edit]

A-League (2001–05)[edit]

June 8, 2002 A-League Portland Timbers 3–1 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
Afash Goal 10'
Howes Goal 57'60'
Report Goal 46' Kindel Attendance: 4,914
Referee: Dean Ajir (USA)
August 10, 2002 A-League Portland Timbers 3–2 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
Tennyson Goal 31'90'
Howes Goal 35'
Report Goal 44'78' Jordan Attendance: 4,860
Referee: Jason Transtrun (USA)
September 1, 2002 A-League Vancouver Whitecaps 3–1 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
Clarke Goal 35'63'
Dailly Goal 37'
Report Goal 22' Adair Attendance: 3,712
Referee: Mauricio Navarro (Canada)
May 11, 2003 A-League Vancouver Whitecaps 2–1 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
Jordan Goal 11'
Morris Goal 65'
Report Goal 54' Afash Attendance: 4,124
Referee: Bruce Primeau (Canada)
May 29, 2003 A-League Portland Timbers 1–0 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
Alvarez Goal 74' Report Attendance: 4,817
Referee: Calin Znamirovschi (USA)
July 1, 2003 A-League Vancouver Whitecaps 1–0 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
19:00 (PDT) Dailly Goal 90' Report Attendance: 3,119
Referee: Arnar Bernhardsson (Canada)
July 3, 2003 A-League Portland Timbers 3–0 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
19:00 (PDT) Alvarez Goal 72'81'90' Report Attendance: 6,619
Referee: David Simon (USA)
August 17, 2003 A-League Vancouver Whitecaps 1–1 (a.e.t.) Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
19:00 (PDT) Valente Goal 61' Report Goal 47' Sagare
Red card 81' Benedetti
Attendance: 5,113
Referee: Bruce Primeau (Canada)
May 23, 2004 A-League Vancouver Whitecaps 1–3 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
19:00 (PDT) Xausa Goal 29' Report Goal 34'65' Gordon
Goal 41' Alcaraz-Cuellar
Attendance: 4,954
Referee: Jean-François Corrivault (Canada)
June 12, 2004 A-League Portland Timbers 0–1 (a.e.t.) Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
19:00 (PDT) Report Golden goal 95' Griffiths Attendance: 5,093
Referee: Kari Seitz (USA)
July 2, 2004 A-League Portland Timbers 0–2 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
19:00 (PDT) Report Goal 10' Sulentic
Goal 68' Jordan
Attendance: 6,007
Referee: Yader Reyes (USA)
July 16, 2004 A-League Vancouver Whitecaps 1–0 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
19:00 (PDT) Nash Goal 56' Report Attendance: 4,492
Referee: Mark Budda (Canada)

USL (2005–10)[edit]

June 10, 2005 USL-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 3–2 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
19:00 (PDT) Valente Goal 39' (pen.)
Nash Goal 40'
Klein Goal 90+'
Report Goal 78' Poltl
Goal 90+' Miranda
Attendance: 5,337 (SO)
Referee: Steve DePiero (Canada)
July 2, 2005 USL-1 Portland Timbers 1–1 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
19:00 (PDT) Alvarez Goal 7'
Poltl Red card 22'
Report Goal 37' Jordan Attendance: 3,944
Referee: Kari Seitz (United States)
July 9, 2005 USL-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 4–0 Portland Timbers Apple Bowl
19:00 (PDT) Clarke Goal 34'
Klein Goal 36'82'
Gjertsen Goal 39'
Report Attendance: 2,440
Referee: Dave Gantar (Canada)
July 14, 2005 USL-1 Portland Timbers 1–1 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
19:00 (PDT) Thompson Goal 31' Report Goal 89' Klein Attendance: 5,523
Referee: Kari Seitz (United States)
April 22, 2006 USL-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 1–0 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
19:00 (PDT) Gjertsen Goal 17' Report Attendance: 5,722 (SO)
Referee: Steve DePiero (Canada)
May 1, 2006 USL-1 Portland Timbers 1–1 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
19:00 (PDT) Bartlomé Goal 21' Report Goal 53' Donatelli Attendance: 5,448
Referee: Colin Arblaster (USA)
June 10, 2006 USL-1 Portland Timbers 0–0 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
19:00 (PDT) Report Attendance: 6,298
Referee: Fotis Bazakos (USA)
June 30, 2006 USL-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 3–0 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
19:00 (PDT) Testo Goal 9'63'
Donatelli Goal 66'
Report Attendance: 4,540
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)
July 19, 2007 USL-1 Portland Timbers 2–1 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
19:00 (PDT) Gregor Goal 29'
Olum Goal 52'
Report Goal 18' Nash Attendance: 7,123
Referee: Collin Arblaster (USA)
August 11, 2007 USL-1 Portland Timbers 0–0 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
19:00 (PDT) Report Red card 26' Kindel Attendance: 8,652
Referee: Ian Anderson (USA)
September 9, 2007 USL-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 0–0 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
19:00 (PDT) Report Attendance: 5,389 (SO)
Referee: Silviu Petrescu (Canada)
May 24, 2008 USL-1 Portland Timbers 0–1 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
19:00 (PDT) Report Goal 60' Arze Attendance: 8,688
Referee: Yader Reyes (USA)
June 7, 2008 USL-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 3–1 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
19:00 (PDT) Sebrango Goal 54'
Nash Goal 66'
Valente Goal 90'
Report Goal 9' S. Thompson Attendance: 5,288 (SO)
Referee: Jonathan Lavergne (Canada)
August 22, 2008 USL-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 2–1 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
19:00 (PDT) Addlery Goal 3'43' Report Goal 12' Olum Attendance: 4,761
Referee: Mathieu Bourdeau (Canada)
April 25, 2009 USL-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 1–0 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
19:00 (PDT) Nash Goal 63' Report Attendance: 5,102
Referee: Mathieu Bourdeau
May 30, 2009 USL-1 Portland Timbers 2–0 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
19:00 (PDT) Pore Goal 6' (pen.)
Josten Goal 41'
Report Attendance: 9,081
Referee: Hidajet Tica
August 6, 2009 USL-1 Portland Timbers 1–0 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
19:00 (PDT) Pore Goal 30' Report Attendance: 10,786
Referee: Landis Wiley
April 29, 2010 D-2 Portland Timbers 2–1 Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
19:00 (PDT) Pore Goal 7'86'
Danso Red card 85'
Report Goal 11' Akwari Attendance: 5,808
July 22, 2010 D-2 Vancouver Whitecaps 1–2 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
19:30 PDT Khalfan Goal 51'
Janicki Red card 65'
Report Goal 66' (pen.) Pore
Goal 72' Danso
Attendance: 5,387 (SO)
October 2, 2010 D-2 Vancouver Whitecaps 2–2 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
16:00 PDT Dunfield Goal 27'
Arnoux Goal 68'
Report Goal 46' Alhassan
Goal 56' Dike
Attendance: 5,435 (SO)

Major League Soccer (2011–present)[edit]

May 26, 2012 MLS Portland Timbers 1–1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Jeld-Wen Field
19:00 (PDT) Boyd Goal 67' Summary Mattocks Goal 84' Attendance: 20,438 (SO)
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez (USA)
August 25, 2012 MLS Portland Timbers 2–1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Jeld-Wen Field
19:30 (PDT) Nagbe Goal 41'
Songo'o Goal 55'
Summary Miller Goal 45+2'
Mattocks Red card 84'
Attendance: 20,438
Referee: Geoff Gamble (Canada)
October 21, 2012 MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0–1 Portland Timbers BC Place
16:00 (PDT) Summary Jewsbury Goal 39' Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Juan Guzmán (USA)
October 6, 2013 MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2–2 Portland Timbers BC Place
17:00 (PDT) Sanvezzo Goal 76'78' Report Nagbe Goal 41'
W. Johnson Goal 77'
Attendance: 20,303
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
June 1, 2014 MLS Portland Timbers 3–4 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Providence Park
18:00(PDT) Urruti Goal 3'
Kah Yellow card 45'
Fernández Goal 77'
Johnson Goal 86'
Report Morales Goal 16' (pen.)26' (pen.) Yellow card 90+3'
Manneh Yellow card 28'
Fernández Yellow card 45'
Hurtado Goal 45+4'
Harvey Goal 49'
Attendance: 20,814
Referee: Kevin Stott
August 30, 2014 MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0–3 Portland Timbers BC Place
16:30(PDT) Report Powell Goal 51'
Chará Yellow card 66'
Urruti Goal 75'
Wallace Goal 79' Yellow card 80'
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Armando Villarreal
September 20, 2014 MLS Portland Timbers 3–0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Providence Park
14:00(PDT) Kah Yellow card 24'
Valeri Goal 28'
Adi Goal 66' Goal 69'
Report Laba Yellow card 16'
Watson Yellow card 24'
Attendance: 20,814
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
March 28, 2015 MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2–1 Portland Timbers BC Place
17:00 (PST) Koffie Yellow card 12'
Mezquida Goal 15'
Beitashour Yellow card 58'
Waston Yellow card 87'
Earnshaw Goal 90+1'
Report Powell Yellow card 30'
Adi Goal 82'
Attendance: 22,500
Referee: Allen Chapman
July 18, 2015 MLS Portland Timbers 1–1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Providence Park
19:30 (PST) Valeri Goal 33'
Ridgewell Yellow card 36'
Chara Yellow card 47'
Wallace Yellow card 90+3'
Johnson Yellow card 90+5' Red card 90+5'
Report Parker Yellow card 22'
Laba Goal 57'
Harvey Red card 90+2'
Attendance: 21,144
Referee: Juan Guzman
May 7, 2016 MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2–1 Portland Timbers BC Place
14:00 (PST) Morales Yellow card 10'
Watson Yellow card 15'
Kudo Goal 60'
Bolaños Goal 66'
Pérez Yellow card 69'
Report Borchers Goal 34' (Nagbe, Adi)
Nagbe Yellow card 70'
Attendance: 22,120
Referee: Kevin Stott
May 22, 2016 MLS Portland Timbers 4–2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Providence Park
13:30 (PST) Valeri Goal 3' (pen.)
McInerney Goal 28', Yellow card 41'
Asprilla Goal 77' (pen.)
Nagbe Goal 82'
Report Erik Hurtado Yellow card 30'
Parker Yellow card 46'
Manneh Goal 49'
Morales Yellow card 80' Goal 83'
Watson Yellow card 90'
Attendance: 21,144
Referee: Ted Unkel
October 23, 2016 MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4–1 Portland Timbers BC Place
13:00 (PST) Barnes Goal 13'
Watson Yellow card 26'
Barnes Goal 32'
Morales Goal 54' Yellow card 54'
Mezquida Goal 55'
Report Adi Yellow card 37'
Valeri Goal 72' (pen.)
Attendance: 24,083
Referee: Alan Kelly
April 22, 2017 MLS Portland Timbers 2–1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Providence Park
13:00 (PST) Nagbe Goal 18' (Guzmán)
Mattocks Goal 40' (Nagbe, Valeri)
Ridgewell Yellow card 68'
Barmby Yellow card 90+4'
Report Jacobson Yellow card 42'
Montero Goal 59'
Harvey Yellow card 64'
Williams Yellow card 85'
Attendance: 21,144
Referee: Chris Penso
July 23, 2017 MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1–2 Portland Timbers BC Place
15:00 (PST) Ebobisse Goal 14' (Asprilla, Blanco)
Blanco Goal 49' (Ebobisse)
Miller Yellow card 79'
Barmby Yellow card 84'
Zemanski Yellow card 90'
Report Jacobson Goal 45' (Parker, Bolaños)
Mezquida Yellow card 45+1'
Ousted Yellow card 77'
Attendance: 25,082
Referee: Chris Penso
October 22, 2017 MLS Portland Timbers 2–1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Providence Park
13:00 (PST) Ridgewell Goal 32' Yellow card 57'
Chara Yellow card 45'
Mattocks Goal 48' (Vytas, Blanco)
Guzmán Yellow card 79'
Report Waston Goal 29' (Reyna) Yellow card 89'
Igiebor Yellow card 30'
Harvey Yellow card 33'
Attendance: 21,144
Referee: Allen Chapman
August 11, 2018 MLS Portland Timbers 1–2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Providence Park
20:00 PST Valeri Goal 71' (PK)
Guzmán Yellow card 74'
Report K. Kamara Goal 14' (Waston)
Techera Goal 43' (Shea) Yellow card 45+1'
Shea Yellow card 50'
Attendance: 21,144
Referee: Jair Marrufo
October 28, 2018 MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2–1 Portland Timbers BC Place
13:30 PST Davies Goal 28' (Nerwinski) Goal 31' Yellow card 82' Report Melano Yellow card 27'
Flores Goal 90'
Attendance: 25,348
Referee: Ted Unkel
May 10, 2019 MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1–0 Portland Timbers BC Place
19:00 PST
Attendance: 18,356
Referee: Allen Chapman
August 10, 2019 MLS Portland Timbers 3–1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Providence Park
20:00 PST
Attendance: 25,218
Referee: Ted Unkel
September 27, 2020 MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0−1 Portland Timbers Providence Park
20:00 PST Gutiérrez Yellow card 8'
Cavallini Yellow card 40'
Bikel Yellow card 45+1'
Report Mora Goal 5'
Farfan Yellow card 45+3'
Paredes Yellow card 49'
Referee: Ted Unkel


North American Soccer League (1975–1982)[edit]

A-League (2001–05)[edit]

USL (2005–10)[edit]

September 14, 2007 QF Leg 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 1–0 Portland Timbers Swangard Stadium
19:00 (PDT) Jordan Goal 76' Report Attendance: 4,761
Referee: Dave Gantar (Canada)
September 16, 2007 QF Leg 2 Portland Timbers 3–0
(3–1 agg.)
Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
19:00 (PDT) J. Thompson Goal 27'
Gregor Goal 70'
Ambriz Goal 82'
Report Attendance: 8,522
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)
September 4, 2009 Semifinals Leg 2 Portland Timbers 3–3
(4–5 agg.)
Vancouver Whitecaps PGE Park
16:00 (PDT) Farber Goal 10'43'
Nimo Goal 83'
Report Goal 4' Haber
Goal 60' Nash
Goal 71' James
Attendance: 14,283
Referee: Gilario Grajeda
October 10, 2010 QF Leg 2 Portland Timbers 1–0
(1–2 agg.)
Vancouver Whitecaps Merlo Field
18:00 PDT Marcelin Goal 49' Report Attendance: 4,884 (SO)

MLS (2011–present)[edit]

November 8, 2015 Semi-Finals Leg 2 Vancouver Whitecaps 0–2
(0–2 agg.)
Portland Timbers Vancouver, BC, Canada
19:00 (PST) Rivero Yellow card 55'
Beitashour Yellow card 72'
Report Adi Goal 31'
Wallace Yellow card 60'
Valeri Yellow card 62'
Chara Goal 90+4'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 27,837
Referee: Ismail Elfath

Notable friendlies[edit]

April 3, 2009 Preseason Vancouver Whitecaps 1–1 Portland Timbers Burnaby Lake Sports Complex
19:00 (PDT) Charles Goal 68' Report Goal 82' Claesson
February 22, 2015 Simple™ Invitational Portland Timbers 0–1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Providence Park
17:00 (PST) Wallace Yellow card 30' Red card 60'
Ridgewell Yellow card 54' Red card 90'
Borchers Yellow card 80'
Report Kah Yellow card 21' Goal 31'
Waston Yellow card 66'
Mezquida Yellow card 88'
Attendance: 15,491

Western Conference standings finishes[edit]

  Timbers   Whitecaps

P. 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
1 1 1
2 2
3 3 3 3
5 5 5 5
6 6 6 6
7 7 7
8 8 8 8
9 9 9
12 12

Total: Portland with 7 higher finishes, Vancouver with 3.

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Dreier, Fred (March 14, 2011). "North by Northwest". Sports Business. Sports Business Daily. Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "2009 Playoff Clash Saw Best of Timbers, Whitecaps". October 31, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "From The Stands: How the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC have the rare "friendly" rivalry". May 19, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
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