Timbers 0 vs. Dynamo 2
The Timbers‘ playoff hopes diminished even further with Friday’s night’s home loss to the Dynamo. On the other side of the coin with a Houston win they, pretty much, assured themselves of a playoff spot.
October 15, 2011
Jeld-Wen Field, Portland
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Portland has 40 points on the season and they are 6 points behind Colorado for 5th place in the Western Conference.
The Timbers have their last 2 matches of the MLS season on the road and that is not good since they are only 1-4-2 in their last 7 matches away from home. The Timbers’ Friday night loss was their first home loss in their last 7 matches in their house.
The Timbers had a long layoff and had not played since October 2nd and they came out listless and head coach John Spencer stated, “We never came out and started with the zest and enthusiasm and mobility that I expected,”
The Portland crowd, which is one of the best in the league, tried their hardest and they were boisterous throughout the match, but it was all for not. The match went back and forth for most of the first half and Houston struck first with a goal in the 36th minute when Andre Hainault scored on a free kick from Brad Davis.
The Timbers disputed the goal, as Sal Zizzo was on the sidelines dealing with a minor injury, but the refs did not listen. The 1-0 Houston score would stand at half.
In the 2nd half the Dynamo added to their lead on a stellar 30-yard blast from Danny Cruz, who buried the laser in the top-left corner of the net. Portland had a few chances, but could not find the back of the net.
The match was a very physical affair with a combined 30 fouls and 2 yellow cards.
Even if the Timbers do make the playoffs, which looks like will be the case, their first season in the MLS has been pretty good being a competitive team that definitely has the support from the Portland community.
Next Up: The Timbers (11-14-7) do have a match in hand over Houston and Colorado.
Portland’s next match is at D.C. United on October 19th and their last match of the season is on the road facing Real Salt Lake on October 22nd.