Portland Timbers narrow the gap in 2016 Cascadia Cup

The Portland Timbers grabbed a big win over one of their rivals this weekend, and the race for the Cascadia Cup is now a bit tighter because of it.

The Timbers snapped a three-game losing streak on Sunday by defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps, 4-2, at home. The impressive win moved Portland closer to the red line in the Western Conference, as well as closer to the top spot in the 2016 Cascadia Cup battle.

The Whitecaps had been sitting pretty at 2-0 after grabbing wins against the Seattle Sounders and Timbers earlier this season, and another victory on Sunday would have put Vancouver nine points clear of the rest of the Pacific Northwest pack. Portland, however, got contributions all across their attack and capitalized on defensive errors to close the gap to three points.

The reigning MLS Cup champions, who have not won the regional trophy since 2012, can pull level with the Whitecaps in the Cascadia Cup standings on July 17, when the Seattle Sounders pay a visit to Providence Park in the next match between two of these three clubs.

The Sounders, Timbers, and Whitecaps will meet a total of nine times in the MLS regular season this year, with each club playing one another three times.

The updated 2016 Cascadia Cup standings can be found below as well as the full schedule and all-time winners:

Standings

Club GP PTS W L D GF GA GD
Vancouver Whitecaps 3 6 2 1 0 6 6 0
Portland Timbers 2 3 1 1 0 5 4 +1
Seattle Sounders 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 -1

Schedule

Saturday, March 19 – Seattle 1, Vancouver 2
Saturday, May 7 – Vancouver 2, Portland 1
Sunday, May 22 – Portland 4, Vancouver 2
Sunday, July 17 – Portland vs. Seattle
Sunday, Aug. 21 – Seattle vs. Portland
Sunday, Aug. 28 – Portland vs. Seattle
Saturday, Sept. 17 – Seattle vs. Vancouver
Sunday, Oct. 2 – Vancouver vs. Seattle
Sunday, Oct. 23 – Vancouver vs. Portland

All-time winners

2015 – Seattle Sounders
2014 – Vancouver Whitecaps
2013 – Vancouver Whitecaps
2012 – Portland Timbers
2011 – Seattle Sounders
2010 – Portland Timbers
2009 – Portland Timbers
2008 – Vancouver Whitecaps
2007 – Seattle Sounders
2006 – Seattle Sounders
2005 – Vancouver Whitecaps
2004 – Vancouver Whitecaps