The Timbers made it a 4-point weekend
last night at PGE Park, beating the Minnesota Thunder 2-1.
It was an effective Drew McAthy-Chad Bartlomé partnership
that started up front and from the uptempo
start Portland controlled most of the possession - so much so that Chris Agnello made a switch from a defensive midfield including Tom Poltl
to a more attacking minded one with Alejandro Gutierrez
after 27 minutes.
The Drew/Chad partnership drew the foul on 31' that led to the Timbers' opening goal
. Alejandro Gutierrez
calmly sweeping the penalty
past Joe Warren for a 1-0 lead.
All was going well until right on half-time when Nate Knox
picked up a free ball to beat Josh Saunders and make it 1-1
The Timbers got what they deserved
on 69' when Byron Alvarez hit the post
after connecting with a Luke Kreamalmeyer cross
, Troy Ready
(who had replaced Bartlomé earlier) was on hand to slot the rebound home
giving him his first goal for the Timbers and his first professional goal.2-1 Timbers
. A 4-point weekend. Lots to talk about later
Chris Agnello started the same back 4
as Friday, replaced Gutierrez with Poltl
in midfield and started Chad Bartlomé
and Drew McAthy
The Timbers came out with a nice uptempo start
, Drew McAthy heading wide left from Luke Kreamalmeyer's corner in the first minute and McAthy again almost getting on the end of a long Josh Saunders kick
On 12' a fantastic ru
n by Luke leaving 2 Thunder players in his wake and a ball across the box, but Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar could only slice his shot wide
with the outside of his foot.Warren had to save
from Kreamalmeyer's 25 yd shot on 16' and on 18' Goodfellow was his tentative self again
, not making sure his back header to Josh Saunders was strong enough and putting the all-yellow clad Timbers keeper
19', Bartlomé - McAthy - nearly getting Tom Poltl in, Warren coming out to kick clear. On 22' a push on McAthy
set up a free kick 25 yds out centrally. Hugo's kick was deflected wide for the corner. Warren punched the corner out and another push on McAthy set up another free kick, this time Kreamalmeyer's direct kick was over
At this stage the Thunder were flooded
, the Timbers having all the possession. In my (OK, slightly skewed and often wrong) opinion Agnello decided that his conservative starting choice
was no longer needed and that fact explains his substitution of Gutierrez for Poltl on 27'. Anyway, for whatever reason it was the right choice.
On 29' a lay off from a battling Drew McAthy
set up Chad Bartlomé who shot just wide from the edge of the box.
A minute later it was the Drew/Chad double act again
. Kudos to Drew McAthy who got between Thunder keeper Warren and the melee behind him, setting up Brett Branan to illegally challange Chad Bartlomé setting up Guti who, with shouts of "easy money" from this quarter, calmly stroked the penalty
past Warren. O.N.E N.I.L.
Danger at the other end as Nsien left his leg behind
, tripping Leo Gibson and setting up a free kick 20 yds out at the right edge of the Timbers box. Kiki Lara's shot
went off the 5-man wall and over the bar.
Mike Randolph's 30 yd shot was deflected to Warren on 39' and on 45' a fantastic ball from Guti
forward to McAthy forced Warren to come way, way off his line, control with his chest (and maybe a little bit of forearm??) and clear.
Then in injury time a stray pass
(don't tell me. I didn't see and I don't want to know. No, really I don't want to know just in case
it's Goodfellow again) went right to Nate Knox
and the Thunder with the Seuss-ified name beat Saunders for the shock equilizer
. 1-1 and a whistle.Second half
and McAthy shot wide on 46' and Troy Ready replaced an injured Bartlomé
The man Ready almost made an immediate mark
, hs header from Scot Thompson's cross from the right going just wide.
Paye replaced Lara, Byron Alvarez
replaced Scot Thompson and Edwin Miranda
On 68' some (more) Guti magic
in the right corner, playing with the ball under his foot and crossing for Drew McAthy to volley a few inches wide
On 70' it was Luke Kreamalmeyer's turn to cross
from the right, Byron hit the post
and there was Ready to hit the ball home
. 2-1. There's only one word for that. Magic Darts
Ready's cross/shot on 72' hit the post, the ref should have given a corner after Warren hustled the rebound behind the goal.
On 75' the PGE Park turf probably came into play
when Knox slipped suspiciously close to the turf atop the pitching mound area as he tore towards goal.Goodfellow got a yellow
for dissent on 83' and Tarley put the ball in the side netting
on 85', the linesman calling the move offside. Agnello replaced Drew McAthy with Josh Brown
and the only remaining action was a worrying clash
that left Mike Randolph down hurt
, before the final whistle went on the first
(but not the last) Timbers win of the 2006 season.