Timbers burn Fire, 2-1
By Galo Legarda
El Hispanic News
Portland, OR — The Timbers found the road to victory against the Chicago Fire with a final score of 2-1 Saturday night at Jeld-Wen Field.
In the first half, the Timbers created scoring opportunities from the very beginning, but could not find the way to beat Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
The first goal of the match came at the 20th minute out of a corner kick, when the ball was sent to Johnson’s second post. Timber’s defender Hayner Mosquera headed the ball back to the middle of the 18-yard box, then Kris Boyd tried to do a bicycle kick, but the ball instead went to Eric Brunner. Brunner shot the goal from inside of the 6-yard box to give the Timbers the lead.
At the 36th minute, Troy Perkins made a spectacular save, resulting in a corner kick. The shot was attempted by Pavel Pardo from the penalty spot in a scramble after a free kick in favor of the Fire.
At the 39th minute, Jalil Anibaba leveled the game with a low shot that went across the 6-yard box to beat Perkins. Anibaba received the assist from Marco Papa.
The second half the game turned out to be more physical and hard-fought. The Timbers had several chances to score, but did not have the accuracy in the final third of the field.
At the 52nd minute, the winning goal for the Timbers came off a corner kick taken by Sal Zizzo. Boyd got ahead of the defenders, going to the first post and sending the ball — with a solid header — towards the second post. The ball hit Logan Pause’s knee before going in the net for the 2-1 final score.
Timbers head coach Jon Spencer was happy with the win. “I think the result is fair,” Spencer said. “I think the guys were pretty much in control of the game.”
Saturday’s game served as Colombian Diego Chará’s debut as a Timbers captain.
“I think he is an experienced player,” Spencer said of Chará. “He has played in big games. I think he leads by example and I don’t think there is any other player in this conference that covers that much ground than him.”
Next up, the Timbers will have a friendly match against Valencia C.F. from the Spanish league this Wednesday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Jeld-Wen Field. The next MLS match will be next May 26 at 7 p.m. in Portland.
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