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  • 12 Sep
    PORTLAND, OREGON – Uruguayan midfielder Sebastian Fernandez scored his first goal of the preseason as Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers played to a hard-fought 1-1 draw Saturday at Providence Park. [b]Cheap Jerseys 2020[/b] . After the host Timbers opened the scoring in the third minute, Fernandez smashed home a late second-half penalty to salvage Whitecaps FCs undefeated record at the Rose City Invitational. The Caps finish the tournament as the top team with a 2W-0L-1D record and enter next weekends season opener undefeated in four preseason matches. Vancouvers squad on Saturday looked similar to the one that defeated Portmore United 5-1 last weekend, though there were a few changes. Right back Ethen Sampson and striker Kenny Miller came in to replace Steven Beitashour and Darren Mattocks, who are both away on international duty. Midfielder Gershon Koffie also drew into the starting lineup, which moved Russell Teibert up to the right wing. And goalkeeper David Ousted made his first appearance of the tournament. Saturdays contest got off to a physical start at Providence Park, which is often the norm in meetings between these Cascadia rivals. In fact, there were a total of 16 fouls committed in the first half alone. Unfortunately for the Blue and White, however, an early foul led to Portlands first goal of the match – a Will Johnson free kick from 25 yards in the third minute. The Caps nearly equalized a few minutes later when Fernandez let loose a curling strike from distance, but Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts tipped it just over the goal. Aside from the early marker, there wasnt much between Vancouver and Portland in the opening 45 minutes. The host Timbers came on in spurts, but the Caps back line anchored by Jay DeMerit and Andy OBrien kept them at bay. For Whitecaps FC, Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Mezquida looked particularly dangerous. The 22-year-old showed great vision on a throughball to Miller in the 18th minute and some nifty footwork in midfield a few minutes later. The Caps couldnt connect in the final third, however, and it just about cost them . Portland had a great chance to double their lead in the 35th minute, as Maximilano Urruti slipped behind the Caps defence only to float his ensuing effort over the crossbar. They came close again just after the break, when Darlington Nagbe found some space in the middle of the park before letting loose a heavy strike from 20 yards that went just wide. At the other end of the park, Whitecaps FC showed some attacking flair again in the second half. And they received a boost just after the hour-mark, when local lad Erik Hurtado and Argentine midfielder came Matias Laba into the match – followed shortly by winger/striker Kekuta Manneh. And the trio combined to set up Vancouvers equalizer in the 79th minute. After a receiving a pass from Laba in midfield, Hurtado took a touch and released Manneh into the box before the Gambian was hauled down by Timbers defender Jack Jewsbury. Then Fernandez smashed home the ensuing penalty kick to level the score at 1-1. Manneh had a pair of half-chances in the dying stages of the match, but in the end the Cascadia rivals battled to a hard-fought 1-1 draw – just as they did in each of their three regular season meetings in 2013. With the draw, Whitecaps FC conclude the preseason with 4W-2L-1D record. [b]Cheap NFL Jerseys China[/b] . -- With the Memphis Grizzlies struggling to find their offensive rhythm, O. [b]Discount NFL Jerseys 2020[/b] . The Bruins forward has been fined $5,000 by the National Hockey League for spearing Red Wings defenceman Danny DeKeyser in the groin.EDMONTON -- Fred Stamps has 431 career receptions, 6,812 yards and 42 touchdowns, but right now the Edmonton slotback would trade it all in for one victory for the struggling Eskimos. The 31-year-old receiver had eight catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the teams heartbreaking 30-27 loss to Saskatchewan last Saturday, statistics that moved Stamps into the top five of all-time Eskimo receivers for catches and yards, and top eight in touchdowns. Yet there he sat, looking as forlorn as any player possibly could; his individual performance meaning very little. "Id give it all for a victory," he said of the individual stats. "I appreciate all the history and tradition. I look up to all the guys who were here before me and its an honour to be mentioned with those guys, but I want a victory." The Eskimos have now lost six straight since beating Hamilton in week two of the CFL season. Their last four games they have lost by a combined total of 12 points. Now they face the 6-2 Calgary Stampeders in the annual Labour Day back-to-back series beginning Monday in Calgary. Destined for the Eskimos Wall of Honour and likely the CFL Hall of Fame, the six-foot, 188-pound Stamps is finding the Eskimos 1-7 season and their recent string of narrow losses difficult to deal with, admitting frustration is mounting in the dressing room. "It is so tough (to take)," he said. "Im just so hungry right now, I want to win. I know theres a lot of history and tradition (with the individual stats) but I just want to win right now." And hes been doing everything in his power to try to get the Eskimos those elusive wins. He leads the league in receiving yards (684) and touchdowns (six) and has been the teams most consistent offensive player all year. [b]NFL Jerseys 2020[/b]. Just as he has throughout his seven years in the CFL. "Freddies a tremendous player," said quarterback Mike Reilly, who has found Stamps 36 times this season. "Its rare to see a veteran guy, who has had so much success in this league, who is still willing to put in the effort and the time that a rookie whos trying to make the team would. He shows up as if hes still fighting for a roster spot every day." Reilly, a first-year Eskimo, said the veteran is always talking to him, asking about how to run certain routes, how to cut to increase the chances of a successful play or whether doing things one way or another would work. "To see that in a veteran guy whos had so much success and still remains so humble and hungry to continue to get better is rare," Reilly said. "Geroy Simon was like that. Thats what separates the guys who are really great from the guys who are just really, really good. And Freddie is truly great." In an effort to shore up a disappointing defence that is giving up an average of 30 points a game, the Eskimos signed import defensive lineman Nekos Brown and non-import defensive back Ryan Hinds on Wednesday. Hinds was selected in the second round (13th overall) of the 2009 CFL Canadian draft by Hamilton. He had 71 defensive tackles, 10 special teams tackles and an interception in three seasons (2010-12) with the Tiger-Cats. Brown played two games earlier this season with the Toronto Argonauts recording one tackle and one sack. ' ' '