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Sunday, May 12, 2002

Possession may be 9/10ths of the Law, but the Timbers fail to capitalize.


The Portland Timbers poor start to the 2002 A-League season continued this weekend losing 2 games on the road, each to a single goal. Despite having long periods of possession and chances in front of goal in both games, the Timbers lacked the killer instinct. The Timbers have now fallen to 4 consecutive defeats and have to contend with a lack of confidence as well, something that no-one expected after pre-season.

Friday saw the Indiana Blast end their own 12 game losing streak while increasing the Timbers own run of defeats to 3 games. A 54th minute goal from Jeff Dresser sank the Timbers and despite losing player-coach Eric Descombes with just over 20' to go, the Blast held on. The Timbers outshot the Blast 16-9 and had a 10-2 advantage on corners, but even with chances to both Chugger Adair, McKinley Tennyson, substitutes Delgado and Bettinger and midfielders Winters and Alcaraz-Cuellar, Blast keeper Josh Lynk kept a clean sheet.

On to Cincinnati on Saturday and again the Timbers lost 1 - 0 for their 4th defeat. Shawn Rockey getting the winner on 27' after a moment of inspiration by Ryan Lucas, backheeling into space from the touchline for Rockey to run onto and beat Napoleon. The Timbers, starting Delgado and Tennyson up-front and playing Scott Benedetti in midfield, dominated the game by all reports, out-shot the Riverhawks 19-13, but despite chances, including a last minute save from Hawks keeper Wanamaker from Tennyson's diving header, the Timbers could not break their losing habit.

On to Thursday's game at home against Milwaukee...a cliche to say that every game is important, but this one is crunch-time. Get out to PGE Park, Thursday night, 7 pm and show your support.

posted by the timberlog at 9:45 AM



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