MLS Snapshot: Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Portland Timbers (video)
The game in 100 words (or less): The Portland Timbers were on their way to taking a massive three points away to their Cascadia Cup rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps, before a pair of goalkeeper gaffes by Jake Gleeson unwound a perfectly good road performance in the span of six second-half minutes (the 25-year-old was otherwise solid, making 11 total saves on 13 shots on target). Fanendo Adi, Darlington Nagbe and Nat Borchers connected to open the scoring for the Timbers just past the half-hour mark, but Masato Kudo bagged his first MLS goal right on 60 minutes, with Gleeson whiffing on the near-post shot, followed by an otherworldly blunder on 66 minutes that ushered Christian Bolaños’s harmlessly lofted ball over the goal line. The result sees the Whitecaps leapfrog their southern neighbors for seventh place in the log-jammed Western Conference. At present, three points separate the top-seven spots in the West.
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Three moments that mattered
34' — Borchers bundles it home from Nagbe’s shot/cross — Nagbe might have been shooting, and he might have been passing, but he’ll take the assist either way.
60' — Kudo’s first MLS goal is the equalizer — For all of Gleeson’s heroics last week, getting beat at the near post right here is a might awful look.
66' — Gleeson’s epic gaffe makes it 2-1 — Speaking of shocking mistakes that’ll rock the confidence of a young goalkeeper…
Man of the match: Masato Kudo
Goalscorers: Borchers (34'), Kudo (60'), Bolaños (66')