Another home opener, another shutout.
Vancouver Whitecaps blanked the Portland Timbers 1-0 Saturday night in a United Soccer Leagues' First Division match at Swangard Stadium on Joey Gjertsen's 17th minute goal. It was the fifth consecutive season kickoff at Swangard Stadium in which a Whitecaps' goalkeeper has registered a clean sheet.
This time it was sophomore Josh Wicks. Timbers sent seven shots at Vancouver's goal, including Drew McAthy's shot from 15 yards in the second half's 10th minute that was saved by Wicks.
Gjertsen's goal was assisted by Jason Jordan, 2005's league most valuable player.
"Joey and J.J. matched up well up front," said head coach Bob Lilley. "We were unlucky not to get a second and third."
Added Gjertsen: "I couldn't have pictured it any more perfect. I told my familiy and friends before the game how badly I wanted to score."
Wicks is expected to start Saturday when the Toronto Lynx visit and the following week when Vancouver visits Portland on May 5. Newcastle United's third-string goalkeeper Tony Caig arrives in early May.