Timbers a Legg up on MLS Quakes

June 4, 2001
at PGE Park, Portland, Oregon

24' - Portland:
Jesus Ochoa (Mark Baena)
45' - San Jose: Ramiro Corrales (PK)
74' - Portland: Kevin Legg (Keith Costigan)

Kevin Legg headed in a cross from Keith Costigan in the 74th minute for the winning goal as the Timbers surprised Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes with a 2-1 win in front of 4,566 fans who endured a rainy, cold night at PGE Park. Jesus Ochoa put the first goal in for the Timbers, while Ramiro Corrales converted a penalty kick for the lone Earthquakes goal.

Kevin Legg (17) heads in the game winner

The Timbers were without three regular starters (Scott Benedetti, Michael O'Neill, Jeff Clarke) and the Earthquakes only started a few regulars, though many more of their starters (including Landon Donovan) were in by the end of the match. There was a light to moderate rain for much of the match, but the NexTurf field at PGE Park did not seem seriously affected by the rain, though it did play a bit faster than normal.

As these teams had never met, the beginning of the match saw few chances, as each team was feeling out the other. The Earthquakes looked ready to take the lead in the 15th minute when forward Chris Carerri received a diagonal pass near the edge of the box, but he attempted to chip Timbers goalkeeper Matt Napoleon, and his shot was just over the bar.

This Darren Sawatzky throw-in led to the first goal

The Timbers were more successful on their first scoring chance, which came in the 24th minute. Forward Darren Sawatzky's throw in was headed toward the goal box by Mark Baena. The pass bounced once and Jesus Ochoa ran onto the ball, and made a full volley with his right foot that beat a diving Jimmy Conway and put the Timbers up 1-0. Just after the ensuing kickoff, San Jose's Scott Bower made a run down the left side, and his cross eluded Napoleon, but there was no San Jose player there to finish, and the ball was cleared away harmlessly.

In the 32nd minute, the Timbers appeared ready to widen the lead when a through ball from Sawatzky to Greg Howes had him a step behind the San Jose defense, but as he pulled the goalkeeper out, a San Jose defender caught him and got to Howes as his shot went just wide left, into the side netting. In the 35th minute, Dario Brose and Carrieri executed a perfect give and go that had Brose in alone on the Timbers keeper, but as the keeper came out to cut off the angle, an attempted chip went well over the net.

This play resulted in a penalty kick for San Jose

In the 42nd minute, play turned ugly on a play about 30 yards out from the Timbers net. San Jose's Carerri lost control of a dribble, and when the ball was controlled by the Timbers' Gavin Wilkinson, Carerri cleated Wilkinson, taking him down. Wilkinson rose in a rage, and persued Carerri though did not reach him as he was cut off by a Timbers player first. A short shoving match between the teams ensued, and both Carerri and Wilkinson were ejected.

The game appeared headed for a 1-0 Timbers lead at the half, but in first half injury time, an attempted diagonal cross from 20 yards out was controlled by Napoleon, but San Jose's Wojtek Krakowiak and Portland's Brent Sancho collided in the box, with both players going down. Neither player had a chance at the ball, but a penalty kick was awarded, and Ramiro Corrales converted the penalty as the first half ended, with the teams tied at 1-1.

Ramiro Corrales converts the penalty kick

The Quakes had a good chance just after the start of the second half, when Bower's shot from 15 yards was deflected wide for a corner kick. Off the corner, Richard Mulrooney took a shot from near the top of the circle, but this one was deflected back out and cleared by the Timbers defense. Both teams then moved play to midfield, with both teams controlling the ball for many touches, then losing it in the final third, and for the next twenty-five minutes of play, neither team seriously threatened. Both teams made many substitutions during this time, with San Jose bringing in some of their normal starters to try to put the match away, and the Timbers taking some of their regulars out. In the 71st minute, a seemingly innocent low shot from Jimmy Conrad appeared to catch Timbers goalkeeper Danny Moss (who played the entire second half) off-guard as it bounced quickly off the wet turf, and Moss had to reach out at the last minute to deflect it wide for a corner kick.

Scott Bower and Keith Costigan

In the 74th minute, two Timbers who have not been seeing alot of regular play combined for a beautiful goal. Keith Costigan made a run down the left side, and his cross right to the top of the box found Kevin Legg, who rose above two Quakes defenders, and headed it back against the flow of play, which ended up behind the San Jose keeper, who was moving with the cross, and he was unable to recover and the ball found the net to put the Timbers up 2-1.

In the 77th minute, a Dominic Kinnear cross found Ronnie Ekelund about 10 yards out, but his header was just over the bar, having been covered well by Moss. The last good scoring chance for San Jose came in the 83rd minute when Troy Dayak rose well to head a cross, but his hard shot down bounced right up to Moss, who bobbled the ball, but then controlled it. The Timbers then started clearing the ball to midfield as San Jose attempted to equalize, but they were unable to threaten again, and the Timbers remained undefeated at PGE Park with a 2-1 win.

Matt Chulis marking Wojtek Krakowiak (?)
Shots: Timbers 7, Earthquakes 10
Saves: Timbers 4, Earthquakes 2
Fouls: Timbers 22, Earthquakes 16
Offside: Timbers 4, Earthquakes 6
Corners: Timbers 4, Earthquakes 2

Timbers 4 (Chulis (yellow, dissent), Sancho (yellow, dangerous play), Wilkinson (red, dissent), Costigan (yellow, dissent),
Earthquakes 3 (Brose (yellow, dissent), Carrieri (red, cleated Wilkinson), Conrad (yellow, holding))

Greg Howes challenges Wade Barrett
Portland: Matt Napolean (Danny Moss 46'), Matt Chulis, Gavin Wilkinson, Brent Sancho, Keith Costigan, Kevin Legg, Brian Winters (Neil Ryan 79'), Greg Howes, Jesus Ochoa, Darren Sawatzky (Vadim Tolstolutky 62'), Mark Baena (Tony McPeak 80')
San Jose: Jon Conway, Ramiro Corrales, Wade Barrett (Troy Dayak 69'), Jimmy Conrad, Dominic Kinnear (Landon Donovan 79'), Manny Lagos (Richard Mulrooney 35', Ronnie Ekelund 70'), Dario Brose, Eddie Robinson, Scott Bower, Wojtek Krakowiak, Chris Carrieri
Darren Sawatzky prepares to trap

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