TUKWILA, Wash. – The Vancouver Whitecaps needed a Portland Timbers own-goal to achieve a 1-1 tie Saturday afternoon in a Major League Soccer exhibition game.
The Timbers beat the host Seattle Sounders 2-0 on Friday and lead the three-team Cascadia Summit. The Whitecaps meet the Sounders on Sunday to end the preseason tournament.
Timbers' midfielder Ryan Pore opened scoring in the fifth minute on a miscue by Vancouver goalkeeper Jay Nolly. Striker Atiba Harris hit the Timbers' left goalpost from 22 yards in the 33rd minute. Vancouver equalized three minutes later when Timbers' defender David Horst was charged with a 36th minute own goal.
"What I was especially happy with was how we moved the ball, how we managed to create some good attacks from good moments," said Whitecaps' head coach Teitur Thordarson. "That's what I've been looking for and I saw a lot of it today."
The Whitecaps have three wins, four losses and two draws in exhibition play, but the Timbers have two wins and five ties.
"We haven't been beaten, we're not giving up many goals and we're still creating chances," said Timbers' head coach John Spencer. "Even today when I don't think we played particularly well."
The game was veteran defender Jay DeMerit's first since being declared the Whitecaps' captain. Omar Salgado, the first pick overall in the January MLS draft, was a late substitute. FIFA rules prohibit the 17-year-old Mexican-American from playing with Vancouver in a regular season match until he turns 18 in September.
The Whitecaps open their first MLS season on March 19 when Toronto FC visits Empire Field.