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Perfect in Portland
AUGUST 7, 2010|
Timbers U-23s finish perfect season with 4-1 win over Thunder Bay in PDL Championship game
The Portland Timbers U-23s would put the finishing touch on a perfect 20-0-0 season on Saturday night in the Premier Development League Championship match at PGE Park in Portland Oregon. Tracy Hasson would open up the scoring for the Timbers, but Gustavo Oliveria took advantage of a Timbers defensive mistake to tie it up before the half. But in the second half it was too much of league MVP Brent Richards, who scored twice on headers, and Freddie Braun would top off the scoring with a penalty kick in a 4-1 Championship win in front of 3,729.
The teams would be feeling each other out in the early play, with few scoring chances in the early part of the first half. In the 8th minute, Thunder Bay's Andrew Martinez had the first shot on goal, with a run to the top of the box followed by a shot that was right at Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson. In the 13th minute the Timbers had their first decent chance on a header off a free kick that was controlled by Stephen Paterson.
Then in the 16th minute would be the moment that would define the match, as Thunder Bay's Rafa Heck was sent off harshly for a high boot challenge against Portland's Freddie Braun. So the Chill would have to try to knock off the #1 seeded Timbers shorthanded. Six minutes later, nearly simultaneous injuries would cost each team key palyers, with Andrew Martinez going off for Thunder Bay, and Roberto Farfan going off for Portland, both with shoulder injuries.
Then in the 30th, the Timbers would break through with their first really good scoring chance of the half, as Bim Ogenyumi would make a nice run down the left side, and cross across the goal mouth to an open Tracy Hasson, whose header was on target and past Paterson and into the net, and the Timbers had grabbed the 1-0 lead.
In the 41st and 43rd minutes, the teams traded chances, but not producing a shot on goal, but in the 44th minute, a Thunder Bay equalizer would be gifted by a Timbers mistake when after a long punt by the Thunder Bay goalkeeper, Timbers defender Brock Granger collided with Hasson, and Gustavo Oliveira slipped in alone, chipping Gleeson and then finishing easily to level the score at 1-1. Hasson would produce one more good scoring chance in the first half for the Timbers, when his curling shot from near the corner of the box slipped just inches past the left post, and the score would be level at 1-1 at the half.
In the 50th minute, the Chill would have a good scoring chance after a free kick shot by Brandon Swartzendruber was back off the wall, but right back to the foot of the hill forward, whose follow up shot was just inches past the left post. One minute later, the Timbers would re-take the lead on a free kick by Steven Evans, as league MVP Brent Richards was able to get his head on the cross just before the Chill goalkeeper, and his header would find the net, and the Timbers had regained the lead at 2-1.
Two minutes later, off a Swartzendruber free kick, Nolen Intermoia got his head on the ball, but the shot was just wide right. On the counter attack, Richards would cut back and force a save from the Thunder Bay keeper, and on the rebound, Braun was not able to get a shot on net. During this stretch of the second half, the Timbers maintained a lot of possession, but it would be a fifty yard free kick by Ryan Kawoluk that would find the head of Richards in the box, once again beating a charging Paterson to the ball, and his header once again found the net, and the Timbers had surged to a 3-1 lead.
The Chill would attempt to respond quickly, with Intermoia getting in behind and getting a tight diagonal shot, similar to his game-winner vs. Baton Rouge on Friday, but Gleeson would make the save on this attempt. The majority of the chance were still at the Thunder Bay goal, with Hasson missing just high in the 67th minute, Braun missing high also a minute later, and Jordan Crasilnek doing the same in the 70th minute.
The Timbers would get a chance to widen their lead in the 76th minute when Thunder Bay defender Sergio Villalva missed the ball on a sliding tackle in the box, only catching the leg of Crasilnek, and center referee Maurizio Laudani pointed to the spot. It was Braun who stepped up to take the kick, and put the shot right down the middle as Paterson dove to his right, and the Timbers had widened the lead to 4-1.
With the Timbers using sustained possession to kill off the remaining clock, the Chill did get one last chance to become the first team all season to score more than one goal against the Timbers, in the 90th minute when Jimmie Mayaleh had an open look from 15 yards out, but his shot was tipped by Gleeson, then off the left post, before going over the end line.
Neither team would threaten through four minutes of stoppage time, and the Portland Timbers U-23 team would win the 2010 Premier Development League title, being the first team in the league's history to finish a season undefeated and untied with the 4-1 Championship win.
Jake Gleeson had three saves in the Championship winning effort, while Stephen Paterson had two saves for the Chill. Brent Richards was voted the Championship game MVP.