Whitecaps suffer first home loss

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

BURNABY, B.C. -- The Portland Timbers came from behind to deal the Vancouver Whitecaps their first home loss of 2010 Thursday in United States Soccer Federation Division 2 play.

Gambian defender Mamadou Danso scored Portland's 2-1 game-winner in the 72nd minute on a defensive lapse in the penalty area.

The Whitecaps were shorthanded after Greg Janicki’s 65th minute red card led to Ryan Pore’s successful penalty kick a minute later. Referee Michael Edmunds ejected Janicki who fouled Pore near the top of the penalty area on a breakaway. The goal was league-leading Pore’s 11th.

“We had a little period where, after the penalty, where we were a little bit irritated and lost focus,” said Whitecaps’ head coach Teitur Thordarson. “That was the only negative from our side.”

The Caps held a 1-0 lead for 15 minutes after Nizar Khalfan’s second goal of the season.

“Nizar possibly was the best man on the field, I think he was extremely good, creating chances constantly,” Thordarson said.

The win was 7-5-5 Portland’s first at Vancouver in six seasons. Vancouver, 7-3-8, suffered its first loss since May 29 in Rochester, N.Y. The Whitecaps had a string of four wins and five ties.

Vancouver ends a four-game homestand Sunday when the NSC Minnesota Stars visit for a 7 p.m. PDT kickoff.

Meanwhile, the Whitecaps women host the two-time defending champion Pali Blues Saturday at 4 p.m. PDT in the W-League Western conference final. The winner goes to the July 29-31 final four in Santa Clarita, Calif.

In a pre-game ceremony, Melissa Tancredi was named most valuable player after a five-goal season.


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