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Timbers capture win over Atlas in thrilling shootout

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Portland 1, Atlas 1 (Portland wins 4-2 on penalty kicks): Timbers' Lopez gets better of old rivals


JULY 11, 2010
Timbers down Mexico's Club Deportivo Atlas in shootout
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The Portland Timbers faced Mexico's Club Deportivo Atlas on Sunday night at PGE Park and after taking a late lead on a George Josten goal, Atlas equalized on a penalty kick very late into stoppage time by Luis Robles. But the Timbers were perfect in tiebreaking penalties while Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson stopped two Atlas shots for the 4-2 tiebreaker victory in front of 7,113 at PGE Park.

There would be very few chances in the first half of this international exhibition, with Atlas getting a few early chances with a shot by Diego Campos in the 10th minute blocked by the Timbers defense, and a free kick shot by Gregori Torres being stopped by Timbers goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.

Atlas would get another good look in the 38th minute when a through ball to Flavio Santos was directed on net by saved by Pyzdrowski. The score would be level at 0-0 at the half.

The second half would be much more wide open, with the Timbers nearly scoring off an Atlas mistake in the first minute of the half when Atlas goalkeeper Francisco Canales cleared the ball directly to Timbers midfielder Rodrigo Lopez, but his shot from 20 yards out was wide left.

In the 57th minute, the visitors would come within inches of taking the lead when a header by Daniel Osorno hit the right post and rebounded back in front of the Timbers goal before defender Stephen Keel was able to clear. Two minutes later, it was the Timbers with a good chance as George Josten made a run into the left side of the Atlas box, but his shot from near the edge of the box was right at the Atlas keeper and easily saved.

After exchanging a few shots from outside the box that didn't threaten either keeper, it would be the Timbers that would take the lead in the 77th minute when defender Freddie Braun (a trialist who plays for the Timbers U-23 team) played a nice pass up the middle to Josten, who turned and shot from 20 yards out and beat Canales to the lower left corner, and the Timbers had a 1-0 lead.

Two minutes later, Atlas would have a good scoring chance as a header off a corner kick by Santos forced a reaction save from Gleeson who tipped the ball wide right. Then in the 90th minute, the visitors were once again within inches of a goal when a blast from 20 yards out by Saul Villalobos hit the crossbar but did not cross the line before being cleared.

Then then deep in stoppage time, Atlas would be given a lifeline by the center referee when Timbers defender Quavas Kirk was called for a foul inside the Timbers box, with second half substitute goalkeeper Jake Gleeson (who also plays for the U-23s) facing defender Luis Robles, with the Atlas defender sending Gleeson the wrong way and converting just before the final whistle to level the score at 1-1.

It would be penalties to decide this match, and after both teams converted in the second round, Gleeson saved Rene Zamora's shot in the second round. Both teams converted their chances until the first shot of the fourth round, when Gleeson faced Gerardo Flores, and once again guessed right and knocked the shot past the post.

It was up to Lopez to secure the win for the Timbers, and Canales went the wrong way and Lopez scored easily to secure the shootout win for the Timbers.

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