Portland snaps its Major League Soccer winless streak at 9
Franck Songo'o scored the go-ahead goal and the Portland Timbers snapped a nine-match winless streak with a 2-1 Major League Soccer victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
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PORTLAND — Franck Songo'o scored the go-ahead goal and the Portland Timbers snapped a nine-match Major League Soccer winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Pacific Northwest rival Vancouver on Saturday night.
Songo'o's goal, his first with the Timbers, came on a free kick in the 55th minute that beat Whitecaps goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
Portland had not won since a 2-1 victory over San Jose on July 3. The Timbers were 0-6-3 going into the sold-out Cascadia Cup match against the Whitecaps.
The Cascadia Cup is the annual head-to-head competition between the Timbers, Whitecaps and Sounders FC. Vancouver has yet to win a Cascadia match since joining MLS last season.
The Whitecaps have dropped three straight, including a 2-0 loss to the Sounders last weekend. Vancouver has lost its last five road matches.
The Timbers (6-13-6) are in last place in the Western Conference and fired coach John Spencer on July 9. General manager Gavin Wilkinson took over as coach for the rest of the season, but some fans have called for his dismissal, too. One held a large sign at Jeld-Wen Field that said "GW OUT."
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