Despite dominating the possession and holding the ball in their opponent's half for most of the match, the Timbers were unable to get a result in Vancouver for the first time since joining MLS.
The Whitecaps best chances in the first half came on the break and resulted from a pair of fouls on Octavio Rivero, both falling just outside the Timbers' box. The first foul saw designated player Pedro Morales slam the ball into the Timbers' wall, but the second, in the 15', was curled just over the wall by Nicolas Mezquida, dipping down and sliding just under the dive of Adam Kwarasey to find the back of the net.
The Timbers finally managed to make their game-long advantage in possession and passing pay off in the 82' on one of the team's few fast breaks of the evening. In a move sprung by Darlington Nagbe as the Timbers threw everything forward in search of the equalizer, the Timbers found Rodney Wallace streaking down the left flank following a Vancouver attack.
Nearing the end line, Wallace cut a low cross into the Vancouver box, one of 47 Timbers crosses on the night. David Ousted quickly hit the ground to knock the cross away, but Fanendo Adi was the first man on hand to react to the loose ball and calmly slotted it home into the back of the Vancouver net.
From there the Timbers continued to dominate the match, even as it opened up in the face of the Timbers' attack-heavy lineup.
All the possession in the world meant nothing, however, as the Timbers' defense imploded in the final minutes of the match, giving up the equalizer in stoppage time. Running on the break, Morales played a slick ball directly between Liam Ridgewell and Nat Borchers on the Timbers' end line. The two veteran centerbacks checked themselves and let the ball run through, rather than colliding with each other, only to see it picked up by an onside Robert Earnshaw.
Now one on one with the keeper and without a defender in sight, Earnshaw steadied himself and easily slotted the ball home around Kwarasey, who was rushing off his line.
The Timbers, now 0-1-3 and still winless in Caleb Porter's tenure as coach in the month of March, return to Portland to play league leading FC Dallas next Saturday.