OFFICIAL MATCH STATISTICS
Timbers battle Aztex to hard-fought draw at PGE Park
Aztex Steal a Draw at Portland
Portland 1, Austin 1: Timbers get opportunities, fail to take advantage
AUGUST 26, 2010|
Reds and yellow all around, Timbers and Aztex draw 1-1 in hard fought match
In a match that would feature two ejections, eight yellow cards, and a lot of physical play, it would be the Timbers that would take an early lead on a goal by Bright Dike, but Sullivan Silva would tie it for Austin 22 minutes later. Though the Timbers would play much of the second half with a man advantage, they could not capitalize, and would end the night with a disappointing 1-1 draw in front of 14,985 at PGE Park.
It would not take long for the Timbers to take the lead, as Bright Dike fought through the Aztex defense at the edge of the box in the 4th minute, then beat goalkeeper Miguel Galladro to the far side to take the early 1-0 lead. After an apparent Austin goal in the sixth minute was waved off for offside, the next good chance for either team would be in the 15th minute when Dike stole the ball deep in the Austin defense, but his hurried shot was just over the crossbar.
Four minutes later it was Austinís Lance Watson with a good look from the top of the box, but his shot was over the crossbar.
The Aztex would make one of their few good looks at goal in the entire match pay off in the 26th minute, when Johnson played a ball back to Sullivan Silva at the top of the Timbers box, and his low shot found itís way through many legs to sneak into the left side, and draw the score level at 1-1.
The Timbers had a good chance to take the lead back in the 28th minute when Ryan Pore had a good header chance from 15 yards, but his shot was not on goal and well wide left. Four minutes later Austin would also have a good header chance, with the shot by Ed Johnson just over the bar from 10 yards out.
The Timbers had a few late chances inside the Austin box late in the half, with Alex Nimo making a nice run into the box and receiving a pass from James Marcelin, but his quick shot was blocked by a defender, and a stoppage time chance by Keith Savage being blocked by Galladro, and the half ended with the teams tied at 1-1.
Five minutes into the second half, Austin had another good look when Johnson had a momentary 1 on 1 with Timbers goalkeeper Steve Cronin, but put the ball over the crossbar. Then six minutes later, the Timbers would go up a man as Austinís Kieron Bernard received his second yellow on a foul near the Timbers box.
Despite having the man advantage, for the next part of the match, it appeared that it was Austin playing a man up, and they were unlucky not to take the lead in the 63rd minute when Cronin came off his line to punch out a cross, but was unable to control the ball and Johnson slipped in behind him, but the Austin strikerís shot was stopped on the line by Timbers defender Mamadou Danso. On the counter attack, Nimo had a good look at the Austin net from the top of the box, but his shot slipped just past the right post.
Eventually the Timbers would start to take control of the match, and had good crosses from the endline by Ibad Muhamadu in the 66th minute, then by Steve Purdy in the 74th minute that were too close to the Austin keeper and smothered.
Late in the match, the Timbers had a few more great chances to take the late win, with Danso heading a free kick just wide left being the best chance.
Things turned ugly in stoppage time when the Austin keeper decided to trap a shot with his chest in an attempt to kill time, but Timbers defender Ian Joy made an attempt at the free ball but knocked over the keeper just as he controlled with his hands. During the ensuing melee, Joy was given a yellow, but midfielder Rodrigo Lopez was ejected.
Dike had one last good chance from the top of the box but his shot was over the bar, and the physical match would end up 10 v. 10, in a 1-1 draw.
Timbers goalkeeper Steve Cronin was not credited with a save, while Austinís Miguel Gallardo had five.