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Thursday, August 12, 2004

Playoff Bound: Timbers 2 - 1 Mustangs

A final minute goal by super-sub Fadi Afash gave the Portland Timbers a 2-1 win at PGE Park tonight, sending the Timbers into the A-League playoffs.

A 39th minute penalty by Alex Bengard gave the Portland Timbers a first half lead against the Calgary Mustangs, a lead that Portland held into the second half.

With Miranda replacing Gregor on 56', Geert Brusselers equalized on 62' after a Calgary move down the center.

Scott Benedetti replaced Bengard on 69' and the 2 substitutions in midfield and the Calgary goal seemed to spur the Timbers into action.

There were late chances for Gordon, Benedetti and Alvarez before Byron was replaced by Fadi Afash on 85'.

Then for the third time in 3 games Fadi scored, taking Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar's pass and beating Pfannenstiel for the game winner in the 90th minute.

The only advantage of being out of town and missing the game is listening to Andy Macnamara's radio broadcast, which tonight was augmented by the vocal-stylings of Aaron Heinzen who added some great insight.

A couple of things mentioned in the broadcast:

John Nolan of the Oregonian is recuperating after recent heart surgery. Get well soon John
Jim Taylor mentioned Wed Sept 1st as the most probable first leg playoff date at PGE Park.

posted by the timberlog at 8:40 PM



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