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Timbers 2 - Miami FC - 0

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Portland 2, Miami 0: Cronin comes up big for Timbers


JULY 10, 2010
Ross Smith and Ryan Pore score as Timbers down Miami 2-0
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The Portland Timbers have played better games this season and lost, but on Saturday night the Timbers would get an early second half goal from Ross Smith, and a late goal from Ryan Pore, and would survive a Miami onslaught on their goal during a second half spell to hold on for a 2-0 win in front of 12,189 at Portlandís PGE Park.

The Timbers would have their first good chance in the 5th minute when Ryan Pore made a nice run down the left side, and found Doug DeMartin wide open just inside the top of the box, but DeMartinís shot was over the crossbar.

Miami had a few good looks early in the match, but three good chances turned into three shots well over the crossbar and did not threaten the Timbers goal. The next good chance would be in the 15th minute when Pore once again attacked down the left side, and this time his cross would find the head of Bright Dike, who got good pace behind the shot but it was right at Miami goalkeeper.

In the 29th minute, the Timbers would face their biggest nemesis of the 2010 season once again, that being the woodwork, as Pore made another run down the left side, and surprised Miami goalkeeper Celeb Patterson with a tight angle shot that got past a diving Patterson, but rang off the right post before being cleared. In the 37th minute it would be Derek Gaudet fighting off the Miami defense as he made a run into the top of the box, and his chip shot appeared to be heading wide, but Patterson tipped it wide anyway, though the Timbers were not able to take advantage of the corner kick.

In the 41st minute it would be Gaudet threatening again, this time juggling the ball a few times just inside the corner of the Miami box before turning and shooting just high. Shortly afterwards, some poor defense gave Miami a chance for a dangerous deep cross, but Paulo Araujo crosses were blocked by Timbers defender Ross Smith and cleared. The half would end with the teams level at 0-0.

Miami would get the first good chance of the first half, when Euzebio Neto took an unexpected shot from near the corner of the Timbers box, forcing a dive save from Timbers goalkeeper Steve Cronin. On the counterattack, Dike made a nice down the left side, dropping a pass to an open DeMartin, but the ball rebounded off the shin of the Timbers forward and the ball rebounded wide.

But shortly afterwards, the Timbers would take the lead when Alex Nimo would take a free kick from 35 yards out, and the curling kick would elude a header attempt from Dike, but would find a charging Smith, with the shot appearing to go off the Timbers defenderís thigh, but it was into the net past a diving Patterson, and the Timbers had a 1-0 lead.

Just one minute later, the Timbers nearly doubled the lead when Nimo played a pass to the foot of DeMartin, who was once again open about 15 yards out, but again his shot was over the crossbar. But on the counterattack Miami would have a good opportunity as Bryan Shriver made a run down the right side, with his cross going dangerously through the Timbers box but not finding any Miami attackers.

The action was fast and furious at this point, when just a minute later, in the 53rd minute it would be the Timbers with another good chance, with Pore making a nice run to the top of the Miami box, but his shot to the lower right corner was tipped wide by a diving save by Patterson. Shortly afterwards Dike would also have a good look, but his shot was right at Patterson and easily saved.

In the 56th minute, the visitors seemed almost certain to equal as they had a 4 on 2 break, with Shriver making the run down the right side, and his cross to the far post finding an open Araujo, who settled the ball before taking the shot from only 10 yards out with Cronin guarding the post, but the Timbers keeper made a nice save on the point-blank shot and didnít allow a rebound to end the threat.

The Timbers thought they had widened their lead to two goals in the 69th minute when Steve Purdy made a nice overlapping run and received a pass from Gaudet, and hit a shot off the crossbar that bounced down and over the line before bouncing back out, but the shot was nullified by a late offside flag.

In the 70th minute, Miami once again had a good chance with a dipping whot from near the corner by Steven Cabas that forced Cronin to retreat and tip over the crossbar. Five minutes later, some nice passing gave the Timbers another good chance, when a nice sequence from George Josten to Pore, then on to Tony McManus gave the Timbers midfielder an open look from 15 yards out, but his shot was over the crossbar.

Beginning in the 78th minute, Miami would have a number of good chances, the first coming off a corner kick, with Christian Gomez getting a header on goal that was cleared off the line by Smith, then a rebound shot by Edward Santeliz being blocked by Purdy.

Two minutes later, the Blues had more chances from point-blank range, first by Araujo in the box, with his quick shot from 12 yards out being blocked by Purdy, then the rebound shot being blocked off Ian Joy then Cronin before rebounding out for yet another Miami chance. With Shriver appearing to have an open net from 10 yards out, Cronin would dive across and make what was certainly a blind save on the point-blank blast, and may have been one of the most incredible saves in the history of the Timbers, and the Timbers still had their one goal lead.

In the 83rd minute, Cronin was called on again to protect the fragile Timbers lead when Kyle Veris beat a Timbers offside trap and had an open look from 15 yards out to Croninís right, but Cronin punched the blast wide. Eventually Bryan Dominguez would have a good look from 25 yards out after the ball was not cleared, but his shot was blocked wide by a Timbers defender.

After surviving the Miami siege to the Timbers goal, the Timbers would get some late chances, first in thhe 89th minute when Mandjou Keita fought through two Miami defenders before Patterson finally dove on the ball to end the threat. Then, the Timbers would finally put the match away in second half stoppage time when Pore stole the ball near midfield, then made a long run down the center of the pitch, eluding three Miami defenders before slotting the ball into the net from just inside the top of the box, and the Timbers had finally taken a two goal lead as Pore had his tenth goal on the season.

The referee would blow the three whistles shortly afterwards, and the Timbers had their third win (along with one draw) in the last four league matches with the 2-0 win.

Steve Cronin would have seven saves while earning the shutout, while Caleb Patterson had fives saves for the Blues.

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