Crew Upset Timbers

Bernardo Anor’s early goal ends Timbers 15-match undefeated streak
by Al DiFranco   |   Monday, July 08, 2013

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The Columbus Crew used an early goal and first-half red card to defeat the red hot Portland Timbers Sunday afternoon in Crew Stadium, 1-0.

Bernardo Anor headed home a Federico Higuain corner kick in the 5th minute for the only score of the match. It was the second straight match with a goal from Anor, who has looked good since returning from an ACL injury that cost him most of last season.

In the 11th minute, Aaron Schoenfeld was taken down in the box by Pa-Modou Kah to earn a penalty kick and put the Timbers a man down for the rest of the match. Unfortunately, Higuain misfired on the ensuing penalty kick, striking it wide of goal.

The next best opportunity came for the Timbers in the 55th minute, as Andrew Jean-Baptiste’s header went off the right post.

The Crew had 2 golden opportunities in the 2nd half to double its advantage. Dominic Oduro just missed wide on a beautiful strike in the 65th minute. Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts somehow came up with a highlight-reel save of a diving header from Ethan Finley in the 75th minute.

The Timbers almost made the Crew pay for those near misses in the 87th minute, but Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson (playing in place of injured Andy Gruenebaum) saved a Darlington Nagbe shot.

The Crew experimented with a new lineup, going with a backline of Chad Barson, Danny O’Rourke, Chad Marshall and Josh Williams. O’Rourke and Marshall were solid in the middle, making sure the Timbers were not able to put too many shots on goal.

This match also marked the debut for Will Trapp in the Black and Gold. Trapp, born in nearby Gahanna and product of the University of Akron, started in central midfield. Trapp, who is also a U-20 United States Men’s National Team player, put in a solid performance and should see his name in the starting lineup moving forward now that the U-20 USMNT has been eliminated from the U-20 FIFA World Cup.

The Crew outshot the Timbers, 15-9, but the Timbers won the possession battle (56-44%) despite being a man down for the majority of the match.

The Crew (6-8-5, 23 points) now sit in 7th place in the Eastern Conference, and are 3 points out of the playoffs at the moment. Columbus next hosts the team just in front of them in the New England Revolution (6-5-6, 24 points), on July 20, after hosting English Premier League side Wigan in a friendly this Saturday at Columbus Crew Stadium.

The Portland Timbers (7-2-9, 26 points) are in 3rd place in the Western Conference 4 points behind conference leaders Real Salt Lake. The Timbers next host the L.A. Galaxy (8-7-3, 27 points) on Saturday, July 13.

NEXT UP: July 20 – Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution, Columbus Crew Stadium, 7:30 p.m. EST, FOX Sports Ohio, MLS Live.

Al DIFRANCO

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USA
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Ohio State
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AC Milan, Everton
Passionate fan of the USMNT, Al is a member of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Outlaws. He also loves to follow and discuss Premier League and Serie A. Named his daughter Mia after a certain soccer legend.
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