Timbers 1 vs. DC 1
Portland did all they could back east in keeping their very slim playoff hopes alive playing to a 1-1 draw with DC United, but the Timbers were eliminated from the post-season when the New York Red Bulls beat the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Thursday evening.
October 19, 2011
R.F.K. Stadium, Washington
Referee: Jair Marrufo
The match was a very exciting one since each team was clinging to playoff hopes and each pressed forward to push the envelope on offense. It looked as if DC United would bag the win, but Blake Brettschneider’s header that found the back of the net was waived off because of an off-sides call in the 89th minute.
The Timbers got out to a 1-0 lead in the match when Kenny Cooper headed in a great cross from Rodney Wallace. With their season on the line DC United really started to attack after giving up the lead, but they did not have many solid chances to score and it was Portland that had more opportunities.
The 2nd half started as the first half ended with DC United attacking and finally in the 73rd minute they broke through with Dwayne De Rosario scoring the equalizer. De Rosario was playing despite an ankle injury, as the team needed him and after getting a pass from Josh Wolff at the top of the box he made a great pivot move and beat Troy Perkins to knot the game.
After the game was tied DC United flooded to box to try to get another goal while Portland looked to score on the counter-attack. Portland’s Brian Umony had 2 superb chances to give the Timbers the lead having a header hit the cross bar and then on a 2 on none breakaway with Bright Dike, who he definitely should have passed to, he decided to score himself, but DC United Bill Hamid made the save.
DC United then almost had a sure goal right before the final whistle De Rosario beat Perkins, but luckily Eric Brunner was there to clear the ball. Perkins made a couple good saves in stoppage time with the match ending in a 1-1 draw.
Portland season’s is almost over, but their first season in the MLS has to be looked on as a success, as they not only were competitive, but have some of the best fans in the league.
Next Up:Portland will end their season on Saturday at Real Salt Lake.
|Oct 22-9:00 PM ET||Record|
|PORT||11-14-8 (2-9-5 V)|
|REAL||15-11-7 (10-3-3 H)|