10. Morales scores 2 PKs to silence Timbers Army
As teams jockeyed for positioning before the World Cup break, the Whitecaps and the Timbers met for the first time in 2014 and the match was nothing short of spectacular. A total of 7 goals were scored and when the final whistle blew the Whitecaps emerged from the wreckage victorious.
The game didn’t start well for Vancouver due to a 3rd minute strike by Urruti. In previous years the Whitecaps would have been deflated, but not this time. Lead by Pedro Morales, the ‘Caps rallied, forced two penalty kicks and Morales buried both in the back of the net right in front of the Timbers Army. Morales turned to the crowd and was greeted by boos as he taunted the home crowd in retaliation.
Vancouver would extend their lead to 4-1 thanks to goals by Hurtado and Harvey. The Timbers mounted a comeback in the second half but could not complete the comeback. The Morales brace from the spot was the difference maker. It could easily be argued that his brace played a crucial role later on in the season, considering that Vancouver went on to win the Cascadia Cup and qualify for the playoffs by the skin of their teeth.