ABBOTSFORD, BC -- The Whitecaps F.C. Men's Team won the Canterbury Cup for the first time in three tries, defeating the Portland Timbers 4-2 on penalty kicks after the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Goalkeeper Mike Franks was the hero in the penalty kicks, stopping two of Portland's four attempts, while Tiarnan King netted the winner as the Whitecaps scored on all four of their kicks.
In the consolation match, the Yakima Reds came back from a 2-1 score to defeat the Abbotsford Rangers 3-2 on two late tallies.
Whitecaps F.C. Men 2 Portland Timbers 2
After Regulation - Whitecaps Win 4-2 on PKs
Canterbury Cup Final
Sunday, April 27, 2003
Rotary Stadium, Abbotsford, BC
Time, Team, Scorer
26' Whitecaps Charle Gbeke (Niall Thompson)
"A searching cross from Thompson on the left was headed in powerfully by a charging Gbeke."
46' Whitecaps Niall Thompson (Oliver Heald)
"Paul Dailly's free kick was headed back across goal by Heald to Thompson who powered it in off the underside of the crossbar."
47' Portland Bryn Ritchie
"Fired in a loose ball in a scramble."
61' Portland Scott Benedetti
"A nice volley in front."
Portland 2 (shot first): Nick Downing goal, Brian Winters saved, Lee Morrison goal, Manuel Brasil saved.
Vancouver 4: Craig Robson goal, Oliver Heald goal, Gordon Chin goal, Tiarnan King goal
Updated Record W L T
Whitecaps preseason 3 0 1
Portland preseason 1 0 1
-Whitecaps striker Charles Gbeke hit the inside of the post just 2 minutes into the game.
-Both coaches agreed to forgo sudden death overtime in favour of going straight to penalty kicks. -Under USL and international conventions, the game is officially recorded as a tie.
-This is the third Canterbury Cup. The tournament was won by MLS Project-40 in 2001, and the Seattle Sounders in 2002.
-The Yakima Reds defeated the host Abbotsford Rangers in the Third-Place game played earlier. -The Whitecaps Women defeated the Okanagan Predators 10-0 in the preceding preseason game.
29.Mike Franks / 3.Kevan Cameron, 4.Nick Dasovic, 16.Nico Craveiro / 9.Alfredo Valente (25.Gordon Chin 67'), 8.Steve Kindel, 19.Mario Jorge (12.Oliver Heald 45'), 7.Paul Dailly (17.Craig Robson 73'), 11.Tiarnan King / 24.Niall Thompson (14.Musa Shannon 67'), 23.Charles Gbeke (26.Jason Jordan 45')
21.Cole Burgmann / 23.Aaron Heinzen, 5.Gavin Wilkinson (6.Manuel Brasil 45'), 2.Bryn Ritchie / 24.Lee Morrison, 11.Brian Winters, 19.Nick Downing, 8.Jason Melandez, 7.Hugo Alcarez-Cuellar / 14.Scott Benedetti (10.Fadi Afash 78'), 22.Dan Antoniuk
Team Shots, Goalkeeper Shots, Saves, GA
Portland 9, Cole Burgmann 9, 3, 2
Whitecaps 9, Mike Franks 11, 3, 2
Referee: Gerry Proctor
Cautions: Vanc: Kevan Cameron 65'; Port: Aaron Heinzen 85'
Ejection: Port: Hugo Alcarez 89'