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AUGUST 29, 2010|
Timbers outclass Crystal Palace Baltimore in comfortable 3-0 win
In a match that had revenge all over it, after two losses to Crystal Palace Baltimore earlier this season, matches that featured tension between the players, the coaches, and the fans, as well as a broken nose for a Timbers player in Baltimore that didn't even warrant an ejection. The Timbers would respond with their most dominating peformance in a 3-0 win over Baltimore that was never in doubt. Ryan Pore would score the opener, then Bright Dike would add a goal on either side of halftime for the three goal win in front of the season's third sellout at 15,418 at PGE Park. Steve Cronin would get his ninth shutout of the season, though he was barely tested.
It only took until the 3rd minute until Portland's Bright Dike was threatening, when he made a powerful fun, but his tight angled shot from close in was deflected wide left. Off the ensuing corner kick, it was Doug DeMartin with a header from 6 yards out that was just over the crossbar.
From the early minutes, the Timbers were dominating play with good possession and stringing many passes together. In the 8th minute, it was Dike once again threatening from the keeper's left, which his low shot this time being blocked by a sliding tackle by former Timber Takuro Nishimura. Second later, a cross found the head of Portland's Mamadou Danso, which was off the crossbar, though an offside call killed the play.
Within a minute, Dike was once again causing trouble for the Baltimore defense, when Johan Claesson made a nice run into the box, finding Dike in front of the goal, with Dike appearing to have been shoved to the ground as he shot, but Baltimore goalkeeper Evan Bush made a spectacular one-handed save on the shot. In the 14th minute, it was Dike on the attack again, this time breaking in down the left side, but Bush cut off the angle well and made the point blank save.
But in the 15th minute, the almost constant pressure would finally pay off, when a misplay by Baltimore's Korey Veeder gave Ryan Pore an open look just inside the corner of the box, and he would beat Bush with a shot to the far post and into the net, and the Timbers had a 1-0 lead.
In the 27th and 28th minutes, the Timbers would get a few good looks, with Keith Savage's blast from the top of the box being saved by Bush, then Dike blasting just over the bar from the same spot one minute later. In the 33rd minute, it was once again Dike charging into the Baltimore, this time finally having the ball stripped off his feet and smothered by Bush.
One of the few decent scoring chances for Baltimore would come in the 39th minute when a cross to the far post found forward Gary Brooks, but the cross was slightly too high and Brooks was only able to put a weak shot over the crossbar. One minute later, Brooks would attempt a spectacular bicycle kick from near the penalty spot, but also missed spectacularly as the shot was well wide left.
Then in the 42nd minute, Dike would take a pass from Claesson, and would make a solo run to the top of the box, eluding five defenders as he did with his speed only, then blasted a shot that Bush got a hand on, but could not keep out of the net because of the power of the shot as it slipped into the upper left corner for a Timbers 2-0 lead.
Six minutes into the second half, the Timbers had a great chance when DeMartin played a great cross to Steve Purdy who was open near the penalty spot, but his lunging shot was over the crossbar. But in the 53rd minute, it would be Dike once again with the chance, this time off a lucky bounce off the shin of Pore, but Dike beat Bush to the far side with a low shot, and the Timbers had a 3-0 lead.
Shortly afterwards the game started to get ugly, with Pore and Dike being taken down in quick succession near midfield with a cleats up tackle and a late tackle from behind, with both possibly justifying red cards, but only one yellow was given. Shortly after the restart, Pore had a good look from the top of the box, but his shot was over the crossbar.
In the 71st minute, Baltimore would have their best chance of the night when Tsuyosh Yoshitake pulled the ball to his left near the top of the Timbers box, and briefly had an open shot until Quavas Kirk slid across to block his shot. In the 76th minute, it was Portland's DeMartin with a good look from near the top of the box, but his shot was a few yards wide left. Two minutes later, Portland's Ibad Muhamadu had an ambitious blast from the corner of the Baltimore box that was well over the crossbar.
Baltimore would have one last decent chance in the 88th minute when Alan Sanchez turned on the ball inside the Timbers box, but the shot was deflected off a defender on the way to goal. After the ensuing corner kick, Mathew Mbuta (who made headlines in May for Alex Nimo attempting to drag him off the pitch after a spontaneous stoppage time faked injury) had a good look on a header off a long cross, but was easily saved by Timbers goalkeeper Steve Cronin.
In the 88th minute, a strange play would put Baltimore player down a man as Veeder (who was lucky to still be on the pitch after his foul on Pore earlier), was battling with Portland's Takayuki Suzuki, with both players having each other's shirt, but Veeder had a little too much shirt and received a second yellow and an ejection when he brought Suzuki to the turf.
The Timbers had one great chance in stoppage time, as Muhamadu played a ball back from his run to the endline, finding DeMartin near the top of the box, but his one-timer blast was saved by a great diving save by Bush. But the whistle would blow shortly afterwards, and the Timbers had their most dominating performance of the season in a comfortable 3-0 win over Crystal Palace Baltimore.
Steve Cronin had a single save in the winning effort, while Evan Bush recorded four saves for Baltimore.
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