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Felipe Mora scored the lone goal in the fifth minute and goalkeeper Steve Clark made three saves as the Portland Timbers defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Sunday night at Providence Park.

The Whitecaps (5-9-0, 15 points) were considered the home team despite the game being played at Portland's own stadium. Because of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements set by the Canadian government due to COVID-19, Providence Park will be Vancouver's home away from home for the remainder of the MLS regular season.

The Timbers (7-4-3, 24 points) remain in a first-place tie in the Western Conference with the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders, who defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night.

Mora's early goal came off a free kick from the right wing just outside the top of the 18-yard box. The Timbers faked an in-swinging free kick, and the right-footed Eryk Williamson instead put in a cross for Mora, who was positioned near the top right of the 6-yard box. Mora was able to flick the ball with his head, and it beat diving Vancouver goalkeeper Bryan Meredith low to the near post.

Meredith, a veteran backup who allowed six goals last week against host Los Angeles FC in his first start of the season, made six saves. He made a diving stop on a 25-yarder from Williamson in the 17th minute. He also stopped Portland's Andy Polo on a shot from outside the box in the 69th minute and made three saves in a three-minute span between the 85th and 87th minutes as the Timbers pressed for an insurance goal.

Clark's best save came in the 40th minute, a sprawling stop on a diving header by the Whitecaps' Fredy Montero from the top of the 6-yard box after a cross from Ali Adnan.

Clark also got some help from the woodwork, as Vancouver's Andy Rose put a header off the left post in the seventh minute.

--Field Level Media

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