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USL Match Report: Timbers FC2 3 - 1 Whitecaps FC2

Thundercaps' aspirations of making the post season hits a snag after a tough loss to Timbers FC2.

Victor Blasco (R) challenges Portland's Andy Thoma (L) for the ball.  Timbers FC2 defeated WFC2 by a score of 3-1.
Victor Blasco (R) challenges Portland's Andy Thoma (L) for the ball. Timbers FC2 defeated WFC2 by a score of 3-1.
Molly J. Smith

PORTLAND, OR - the Vancouver Whitecaps FC2's playoff aspirations were dealt a blow on Sunday evening after the Thundercaps fell by score of 3-1 to the Portland Timbers FC2 at Merlo Field.

In addition to losing to T2 results elsewhere in the USL Western Conference were not kind to WFC2 over the course of the weekend.  On Friday the Sacramento Republic managed to salvage a draw with conference leaders Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, and the OC County Blues defeated Arizona United SC on Saturday by a convincing score of 3-0.

This evening in Lower Cascadia the Caps could only manage a single consolation goal through striker Caleb Clarke three minutes from full time.  Timbers FC2, on the other hand, had solid outings from several players including Kharlton Belmar and Brent Richards, who recorded two goals and two assists respectively.

This evening also saw the debut of New Zealand international defender Deklan Wynne, who signed earlier this week for the club.

The loss to T2 has now cast the Thundercaps seven points adrift of the sixth, and final, playoff berth in the Western Conference, and snapped a two game winning streak in which WFC2 beat the Tulsa Roughnecks and Seattle Sounders FC2.

WFC2 next travel south to play Arizona United SC on Saturday, August 22nd at 7:30PM PDT.  The Thundercaps then will have a week off to prepare for a three match home stand to close their inaugural USL season beginning with a rematch with Sacramento on Sunday, September 6th at 3:00pm at Thunderbird Stadium.

Scoring Summary
45' - POR - Kharlton Belmar (Jeanderson)
68' - POR - Kharlton Belmar (Brent Richards)
71' - POR - Blair Gavin (Brent Richards)
87' - VAN - Caleb Clarke

Shots: POR 15 - VAN 15
Saves: POR 2 - VAN 2
Fouls: POR 12 - VAN 10
Corners: POR 0 - VAN 6

28' - POR - George Fochive
47' - VAN - Deklan Wynne
56' - POR - Rundell Winchester
74' - VAN - Marco Bustos

Timbers 2
90.Jake Gleeson; 28.Andy Thoma, 20.Taylor Peay, 35.Anthony Manning, 15.Jeanderson; 5.George Fochive, 27.Nick Besler (40.Tim Payne 67'); 52.Blair Gavin (84.Seth Casiple 85'), 73.Santiago Biglieri (50.Blake Bodily 78'), 30.Kharlton Belmar (97.Terrell Lowe 85'); 77.Rundell Winchester (55.Brent Richards 67')

Substitutes not used
29.Justin Luthy, 85.Steven Evans

Whitecaps FC 2
24.Marco Carducci; 50.Sahil Sandhu, 41.Jackson Farmer, 54.Craig Nitti (56.Ian Christianson 76'), 62.Deklan Wynne; 58.Will Seymore, 45.Tyler Rosenlund (49.Mackenzie Pridham 76'); 32.Marco Bustos, 42.Jordan Haynes (51.Billy Schuler 76'), 48.Victor Blasco (47.Jovan Blagojevic 76'); 34.Caleb Clarke

Substitutes not used

39.Spencer Richey