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Portland Timbers 0-2 New York Red Bulls from Providence Park
A rough afternoon for Nat Borchers and co.
Portland Timbers 0-2 New York Red Bulls from Providence Park

Major League Soccer - Providence Park

9/20/2015 2:00pm: Partly Cloudy, 26C/79F

Attendance: 21,314

Pre-game records: Portland Timbers (W11-D8-L9-41pts) vs. New York Red Bulls (W13-D6-L8-45pts)

Starting Line-ups:

Portland Timbers – GLK Adam Larsen Kwarasey, DEF Alves Powell, DEF Liam Ridgewell, DEF Nat Borchers, DEF Jorge Villafana, MID Diego Chara, MID Will Johnson, MID Diego Valeri, MID Darlington Nagbe, MID Lucas Melano, FWD Maximilliano Urruti. Formation: 4-2-3-1.

New York Red Bulls: GLK, Luis Robles, DEF Kemar Lawrence, DEF Damien Perrinelle, DEF Matt Miazga, DEF Sal Zizzo, MID Sean Davis, MID Felipe, MID Gonzalo Veron, MID Sacha Kljestan, MID Shaun Wright-Phillips, FWD Bradley Wright-Phillips. Formation: 4-2-3-1.


Coming into the final stretch of the season, this was to be a very important clash between the Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls. Portland had only 6 games left to solidify a play-off spot in the Western Conference and the new that San Jose had drawn and lost this week gave the team good news ahead of the fixture and a chance to pull away from them in 7th place. Caleb Porter had a full roster to pick from and welcomed back Diego Chara and Liam Ridgewell from suspension as well as Alves Powell and Will Johnson from international duty last time out at home. Coach Porter went with Urruti as the lone striker for the first time in a while with Fanendo Adi on the bench.

New York were in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and were in good for coming into this game winning 4 of their last 6 games with Bradley Wright-Phillips shining once again with 6 goals in his last 7 games. He was joined today by his sibling Shaun Wright-Phillips in a strong lineup that included former Timber Sal Zizzo and Sasha Kljestan. A win today would have put Jesse Marsch’ team top of the table with still games in hand on Columbus Crew and New England Revolution. A gorgeous day with light winds and temperatures into the mid 70s made for the perfect atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon.

Match Report:

1st Half:

7 mins: New York Red Bulls with a corner. Kljestan swung over a low cross and Sal Sizzo steered it towards goal but there were plenty of defenders in the 6 yard box to scupper the opportunity.

9 mins: 2 minutes later, after some excellent work by Powell and Nagbe, Melano slid the ball through the center and Urruti chased the ball down but he couldn’t make it in time and Robles scooped the ball up. Much better from the home side after a slow start where the Red Bulls looked the more threatening side.

17 mins: A surging run at the heart of the Portland defense by Sasha Kljestan and Diego Chara was able to prevent him a sight on goal. Kljestan knocked it back for Sean Davis to hit from 28 yards but his shot was high and wide. The attack of the away side was certainly looking the more threatening in the opening 20 minutes.

23 mins: More pressure from the New York Red Bulls and Portland were having to defend and keep their shape well and this time it was Sean Davis who found a way around Diego Chara and he tried to find the bottom corner but once again, he could not find the target. New York were looking dangerous and the home side was finding it hard to get anything going in an attacking sense.

27 mins: Another break forward from the Timbers and Lucas Melano spotted Diego Valeri making a diagonal run in from the right flank. Valeri was able to get a shot away, fired low and hard toward the near corner but Robles was able to block it with his left boot. Villafana was then cut down by Zizzo but the referee waved play on. The home side were beginning to get into the game.

32 mins: A lovely one-two between Villafana and Melano and it’s the former who crossed it in from the left, the ball was nodded out by the New York rear guard and Valeri was there and hit a sweet volley, unfortunately for the home side it hit an offside Lucas Melano who could not get out of the way. Much better from the home team.

34 mins: Valeri swung in an excellent ball from the left hand side and it fell to Nat Borchers from 8 yards out. His shot flew high over the bar. Not really known for his eye for goal with his feet it’s fair to say.

36 mins: Jorge Villafana with an awful attempted back pass deep in his own half and Gonzalo Veron found himself clean through on goal from a slight angle to the right. He decided to shoot instead of setup one of 4 team-mates in the penalty area and his shot went wide of the far post.

GOAL! 42 mins: Felipe picked up the ball just inside the Portland half and the Portland defense just dropped off and allowed him to run at them. He hit a shot from 30 yards and it looped over Kwarasey to take the lead. Poor defending from the Timbers there. Felipe went over to the Timbers Army for a celebration that was rather lacking in class. Portland Timbers 0-1 New York Red Bulls.

GOAL! 45 mins: It’s another goal for the away side as the Portland defense crumbles once again. This time it’s Damien Perrinelle who heads ball home seconds after New York have an attempt cleared off the line. Portland will be very disappointed with their defending in the last 5 minutes of that half. All to do for the home side in the 2nd half. Portland Timber 0-2 New York Red Bulls.

Half Time Score: Portland Timbers 0-2 New York Red Bulls

Shots: Portland Timbers 5 (1) – 13 (3) New York Red Bulls

Possession: Portland Timbers 41%-59% New York Red Bulls


2nd Half:

46 mins: Once again the New York Red Bulls almost score. This time from a corner that was not dealt with and both Sasha Kljestan and Bradley Wright-Phillips had shots but thankfully Kwarasey was there for the Timbers or this would have been game over. Portland were looking rattled at this point and there was even a strange quiet around the ground which is very rare for a Portland home game.

52 mins: Much better pressure from the home side who begun to throw players forward and the ball fell to Will Johnson around 30 yards out and he settled the bell down and hit it. The ball hit the crossbar and over for a goal kick but this was much better from the Timbers. New York seemed to be happy to allow the home side to come onto them.

58 mins:  Coach Porter had seen enough and brought on Fanendo Adi for Urruti. Shortly afterwards, Darlington Nagbe picked the ball up from a messy challenge involving Diego Chara and went towards goal. His shot was low and wide of the target. Portland needed something to happen and fast with only 1 third of the game left.

70 mins: The Red Bulls were enjoying the way that the game was going. Portland could not get into any rhythm and the away side were making the most of the large amount of stoppages occurring, ensuring the play was broken up as many times as possible. Coach Porter took off a ragged Will Johnson and brought on Rodney Wallace in an attempt to get a goal back and give the home fans something to cheer about.

73 mins: A chance that pretty much summed up the afternoon for Portland as Valeri swung over the corner and Adi met it from 8 yards out but it went wide of the upright. That was a heck of a chance and he knew it as he held his head in his hands.

80 mins: One final throw of the dice for Caleb Porter as he brought on Dairon Asprilla for a tiring Alves Powell. Portland went to 3 at the back. New York were quite happy to allow Portland possession of the ball and still broke dangerously with  an excellent chance falling to substitute Mike Grella and Kwarasey made an excellent save low to his left. Hopes were fading of a comeback for the home side.

83 mins: Diego Valeri swung over another corner and this time it was Fanendo Adi who met it with his head downwards but the New York Red Bulls rear guard were able to clear it off the line with a fine save from Robles. Less than a minute later Valeri went down in the penalty area and asked for a penalty, the referee turned down his request.

87 mins: The ball just would not go in for the Timbers as this time Nat Borchers scrambles for the ball and gets to it from a yard out after a save from Robles but the keeper was able to block the shot and the ball spun wide of the post. It was all Portland at this stage but New York had done enough and were happy to allow the home side the ball.

Full Time Score: Portland Timbers 0-2 New York Red Bulls

Shots: Portland Timbers 17 (4)–20 (6) New York Red Bulls

Possession: Portland Timbers 47% – 53% New York Red Bulls

MOTM: Sasha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls)


A disappointing afternoon in the Rose City for the Portland Timbers as their hopes of making moves in the play-off positions are beginning to fade a little. 6th place at the moment in the Western Conference but they are hitting a poor run of form at the wrong time. 5 games left which include a trip to the LA Galaxy, and Columbus Crew plus tough games against Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake. Lots of endeavor but a lack of cutting edge in the final third. New York deserved their victory and often looked dangerous. New York clinched their spot in the play offs with this victory and will be up there along with the LA Galaxy as favorites for the title. For Caleb Porters men, this was not a great performance, especially in the first half and he will be looking for much more from his team in the final games of the regular season

Posted by Mark Henty on 09/20/2015 at 4:07 PM - PERMALINK | EMAIL | DISCUSS | PRINT | RSS  Subscribe
Portland Timbers 0-0 Sporting Kansas City from Providence Park
Tim Melia clutches onto the ball on one of many occasions tonight.
Portland Timbers 0-0 Sporting Kansas City from Providence Park

Major League Soccer - Providence Park

9/9/2015 7:30pm: Partly Cloudy & Mild, 21C/70F

Attendance: 21,314

Pre-game records: Portland Timbers (W11-D7-L9-40pts) vs. Sporting Kansas City (W11-D7-L7-40pts)

Starting Line-ups:

Portland Timbers – GLK Adam Larsen Kwarasey, DEF Taylor Peay, DEF Norberto Paparatto, DEF Nat Borchers, DEF Jorge Villafana, MID George Fochive, MID Jack Jewsbury, MID Diego Valeri, MID Darlington Nagbe, MID Lucas Melano, FWD Fanendo Adi. Formation: 4-2-3-1.

Sporting Kansas City: GLK, Tim Melia DEF Seth Sinovic, DEF Matt Besler, DEF Kevin Ellis, DEF Saad Abdul-Salaam, MID Benny Feilhaber, MID Paulo Nagamura, MID Soni Mustivar, FWD Dominic Dwyer, FWD Graham Zusi, FWD Jacob Peterson. Formation: 4-3-3


As the feel of fall began to settle on the Rose City, the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City prepared to do battle in this important Western Conference encounter at Providence Park. Both teams were sitting on 40 points coming into this game with Sporting having played 2 games fewer than their opponents. Both team form had not been particularly inspiring of late with Portland losing despite a dominant performance in Seattle by 2 goals to 1 and Sporting KC losing by the same score line to the Colorado Rapids in their last outing making it 3 defeats on the spin for them. Both teams were looking for a victory tonight as the San Jose Earthquakes were only 2 points behind these two going into the game ensuring that both of these sides were keeping an eye over their shoulders in the race for play-off spots.

Portland boss Caleb Porter had to reshuffle the pack tonight as both Liam Ridgewell and Diego Chara were suspended while Alvas Powell was still on international duty with Jamaica as was Will Johnson so Porter brought in Jack Jewsbury and George Fochive who performed well against the Seattle Sounders in their last match along with Taylor Peay and Norberto Paparatto. Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes also had Kristian Nemeth out of the line up as he played for Hungary on Monday night and he brought in Jacob Peterson to replace him up front alongside Graham Zusi and Dominic Dwyer in a 4-3-3 formation.

Match Report:

1st Half:

5 mins: A pretty lively start from both sides and Lucas Melano found himself in plenty of space and took a shot from 30 yards out, hit the shot but misconnected and it rolled comfortable into the arms of Tim Melia

15 mins: A fairly scrappy period of the game that had lots of effort but lacked in quality early doors but Darlington Nagbe brought the ball out from defense and found Diego Valeri whose pass found Fanendo Adi out wide. Adi stumbled his way forward and tried to find Lucas Melano but his pass was too late and Melano was offside. Scrappy opening.

18 mins: A simple looping ball was heading towards Kwarasey for a comfortable catch but Paparatto must not have gotten the call. The players both made contact with the ball and it went out for a corner but Sporting KC could not make it count and the corner was poor.

29 mins: The first real clear cut chance of the game and Adi and Valeri play a one-two and Adi finds himself through and shot from the edge of the box, Melia was up to the task and saved with his feet to his lower left. From the resulting Valeri corner, Paparatto met the ball but was unable to keep the ball down and headed it well over the crossbar.

33 mins: A throw in deep into the left hand side of attack for Sporting KC and Matt Besler sent it long toward the near post but neither Borchers nor Paparatto could get to it before Abdul-Salaam who flicked it with his head fortunately for the home side straight to the arms of Portland keeper Kwarasey. The away side were looking more and more comfortable on the ball and looking more like the home side as the half wore on. Worrying signs for Coach Porter.

40 mins: From a Sporting KC throw in that bobbled around in the penalty area, Darlington Nagbe toe poked it on paced and onrushing attacker and broke with real pace, slid it to Valeri just past the halfway line as Nagbe was floored by Nagumara who was booked in the aftermath. The move went on as the referee allowed advantage and Valeri played through Adi who could not get the ball past Melia once again, this time from 8 yards out. Best attack of the game up to this point.


Half Time Score: Portland Timbers 0-0 Sporting Kansas City

Shots: Portland Timbers 8 (2) – 2 (2) Sporting Kansas City

Possession: Portland Timbers 46%-54% Sporting Kansas City


2nd Half:

49 mins:  Some excellent build up play from the Portland Timbers as they push men forward straight from kick off and George Fochive found himself 30 yards out and spread the ball to Villafana who sent in an early cross. Fanendo Adi met it sweetly with his head from 6 yards out but once again Melia foiled his effort and clutched onto the ball. A lively start to the 2nd half from the home side.

57 mins: As the Sporting defense thought that they had quelled any danger from another Portland attack, Valeri snuck around his man and slid an excellent through ball in for Lucas Melano who took a touch and hit it but straight at Melia who was in inspired form tonight. Valeri took the corner and Adi met it but yet again Melia got his hands onto the ball. Melano really should have scored moments earlier but Melia was keeping this to 0-0 somehow.

64 mins: Both teams fancied this one and as Graham Zusi made an excellent turn and strike to hit the post from around the penalty spot. Truly excellent skill from Zusi. Nagbe picks up the ball and spun away from two to send the ball up the line, Adi nodded it on around the halfway line and Valeri powered on through, his pass low found Melano through on the right hand side. This time he tried to take on Melia but once again the goalkeeper won the duel. Portland were really beginning to get on top at this stage and one felt it was just a matter of time until a goal came as surely Melia can only keep so many shots out.

68 mins: Chance after chance for the Portland Timbers as Valeri swung over a free kick to beyond the far post and Paparatto headed it back across goal, Nat Borchers followed in just past the other post but couldn’t direct a difficult header onto goal. Portland were completely dominant at this point.

73 mins: An interesting substitution as Caleb Porter took off Adi and brought on Asprilla switching Melano to the front man with Asprilla on the right hand side as Portland sought out a goal. Incredible that this game was still 0-0, mostly thanks to Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia.

80 mins: Another excellent steal from Diego Valeri who was orchestrating everything that Portland threw at SKC, his pass found Jack Jewsbury in space who charged forward. The home crowd were crying out for him to shoot and he obliged, but his shot was way wide and over the crossbar. Portland had been dominant in the last third of this game but was it to be yet another frustrating night for Caleb Porter and his men?

83 mins: Last throw of the dice for Caleb Porter and Portland as they brought on Urruti and Wallace for Fochive and Melano. Within 90 seconds Wallace flew down the left flank and squared the ball back for Urruti but he squalls the shot wide of goal.

90 mins:  A complete miskick from a Sporting defender allows Dairon Asprilla to charge forward on the right hand side. His cross found Urruti’s head but guess what, Tim Melia plucked it out of the air to truly claim this as his night.

Full Time Score: Portland Timbers 0-0 Sporting Kansas City

Shots: Portland Timbers 18 (7)–8 (2) Sporting Kansas City

Possession: Portland Timbers 48% – 52% Sporting Kansas City

MOTM: Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City


Well, the game certainly livened up in the 2nd half but it was the same old story for the Portland Timbers who enjoyed many, many chances in this game but just could not put the ball into the net but not the want of trying. Tim Melia had an absolutely barnstorming game and kept out at least half a dozen clear cut chances to earn his side a hard fought draw. Coach Porter of Portland will have badly wanted the points tonight and he could not have done much more with the players available to him. In the 2nd half it was backs to the wall for Sporting KC as Portland came at them wave after wave but they held on for a crucial point in the race for the play offs. For Coach Porter? They are still very much in the play offs but with difficult games to come, they must pick up more points to earn 


Posted by Mark Henty on 09/09/2015 at 9:35 PM - PERMALINK | EMAIL | DISCUSS | PRINT | RSS  Subscribe
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