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Wednesday, August 21, 2002

News Round-Up:

Tennyson A-League Player of the Week


Yesterday Timbers' forward McKinley "Kei" Tennyson was named USL A-League player of the week for his 4-goal performance in Portland's 6-1 rout of El Paso. He is only the 3rd player to score a hat-trick in the league this season. Tennyson also leads the A-league in goals scored (17) and is tied with Seattle's Brian Ching for overall points leader (37).

In-Form Thunder Beat Timbers in Overtime


The Minnesota Thunder’s west coast sojourn was a fruitful one, defeating the Timbers 2-3 at PGE Park on Friday before upsetting the Seattle Sounders' unbeaten home record the next night with a 1-2 win.

The Timbers largest announced crowd of the season, 10,109 on youth soccer night saw the Thunder’s “OP” score a 98th minute winner in a game that saw the Timbers come back from behind twice. The Thunder struck first in the fifth minute, Matt Schmidt scoring with an assist from Don Gramenz. Fadi Afash scored his 15th goal of the season from defender Keith Costigan in the 28th to level the scores. Johnny Torres scored on 58’ from a counter attack and the second half substitute also set up the game winner that sent the Thunder into an 11 point lead over the Timbers in the Western Conference playoff race* for the 3rd seed. Chugger Adair had sent the game into overtime with a last minute equalizer, and his first goal of the year (Yay!!), after coming on as a sub in the 84th minute.

* In the playoff race the Timbers can clinch a playoff place if they win in Milwaukee this Wednesday and Cincinnati lose on Friday when they play in Minnesota. (Those 2 results would give the Timbers 54 points and the Riverhawks only a possible maximum 53 in their 3 remaining games). The only other question then is which seed the Timbers are placed in the West. Looking at the timberlog’s predictions (Ha Ha) I’m looking that the Timbers to finish 4th seed and end up playing the 5th seed, which will either be El Paso or Vancouver. I’m guessing that it may be El Paso to just edge Vancouver even though they have a tough schedule with their remaining games against Charleston and Seattle both in El Paso.
Vancouver play Montreal at home before ending the season with the last gasp showdown with the Timbers in Vancouver on Monday 2nd Sept. That last game could be very important in deciding who the Timbers play in the playoff first round, but both teams will have the benefit of knowing exactly what they have to do, all the other clubs having finished their games by then.

posted by the timberlog at 7:05 AM



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