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Thursday, May 16, 2002

(As I said before...) Who Threw the Gris-Gris?? Timbers 0 - 1 Rampage

Call it the curse of the hoops, bad juju from the albino monkey, some serious gris-gris or some other manifestation of the "dark arts", but whatever the cause the Portland Timbers’ goal and win drought continues.

In what must be one of the best performances by a 0-5 team, the Timbers went down to a single goal again last night to an outplayed Milwaukee Rampage side. Dominating the Rampage for almost the whole of the game Timbers' chances came and went but nothing could get the ball into the back of the net and when injury time came at the end of 90 min it was Milwaukee forward John Wolyniec who finished, with 3 out of the 4 extra minutes already played.

It’s a soccer truism that the longer a team has that kind of dominance and applies that kind of pressure the chances of getting caught on the break increase, but few in the 5,354 crowd at PGE Park thought that the Timbers would end the night with another loss let alone another barren score sheet.

Chances fell to Tennyson, Alcaraz-Cuellar, Delgado (with probably the best chance early on – a diving header from Sancho’s cross skimming across the face of goal) and Sagare (timberlog M-of-the-M by the way) in the first half.
The Timbers continued the pressure in the second half with chances for Ritchie, Somoza, Adair (a great chance, a placed shot from inside the box and a good save by Popik), Bettinger (how this one stayed out, the Soccer-God only knows, as Bettinger’s almost push-in at the far post off Somoza’s cross was bundled off the line by the Rampage’s Brennan) and Bettinger again in injury time. (That's not even mentioning Winters 1-2 with Tennyson which ended with what looked like a trip in the box, but was only awarded a free kick on the 18 yd line!)
Then as it looked amazingly as if overtime was a certainty…the sucker punch. Wolyniec, fed by Takawira, beat the sprawling Napoleon inside the left post from the edge of the box.

Gutted!

[match report posted]

[...and since you asked how the text updates on last night's game went i'll tell you...so-so...went OK until the very last update which didn't appear until this morning for some strange reason. Since that was the one that included the goal and final score anyone reading it would have been v. frustrated last night! Maybe i'll try it again sometime]

[...and I guess my eyes weren't deceiving me...it WAS Greg Howes in the Beer Garden and later in the stands on Thursday. If you read the text updates you would have got that news as it happened!!]

posted by the timberlog at 9:27 PM



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