Timbers, Crew both scoreless in draw
By Galo Legarda
El Hispanic News
Portland, OR — The final score of 0-0 reflects what happened on the field on Saturday night at Jeld–Wen Field. Neither team was able to find the key to open the defensive lock of their opponent. The Portland Timbers had as many as 15 attempts on goal versus four from the Columbus Crew, showing a little more of an offensive game.
The first half was a little uneventful. There were very few clear chances of goal for either team. The closest chance for the local team to score in the first half came at the 20th minute when midfielder Rodney Wallace took a shot on goal from outside the 18-yard box. The ball was headed to the goalie’s second post, but goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum made an excellent save by barely touching the ball to send it for a corner kick.
At the 57th minute Darlington Nabge was fouled on top of box. Kris Boyd took the free kick but the ball went barely outside of Gruenebaum’s left post.
Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins made a great save at the 66th minute, containing a header from Josh Williams in a corner kick play.
Boyd again was dangerous, connecting a header at the 68th minute that also went slightly out of target.
During the 22nd consecutive sellout for the Timbers, the 20,438 fans seemed to be happy with how the team performed and cheered them on the entire time. In the Timbers Army section there was a banner that read, “No pressure. We are not even here,” in a show of unconditional support for the players.
Coach Jon Spencer said he was disappointed they weren’t able to give the fans a win, but happy with how many opportunities to score were created.
“I think we played more like ourselves tonight, and that is a positive step and I think we looked a better team tonight than we have looked the whole year,” Spencer said.
Colombian defender Hanyer Mosquera is optimistic that the team will get better results in upcoming games. The result is “painful because we have to win at home,” Mosquera said. “We have to hold our heads up, push forward, and keep working because we’ve shown we have a great team.”
Next up the Timbers will travel to Houston to play the Houston Dynamo on May 15 at 5:30 p.m.
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