OFFICIAL MATCH STATISTICS
Timbers defeat FC Tampa Bay 1-0 on goal by Dike
Rowdies Lose 1-0 To Portland Timbers
Timbers down Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0, look ahead to showdown against Seattle
Game 14: Timbers 1 – Rowdies 0
St. Petersburg Times
Tampa Bay Rowdies lose 1-0 to Portland, skid hits four games
Rowdies' losing streak hits four
JUNE 27, 2010
Bright Dike strike lone goal in Timbers 1-0 win over Tampa Bay
The Portland Timbers looked to continue their winning ways after a few US Open Cup wins, and their first league road win of the season last Saturday in Minnesota, and would defeat the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a rematch of Soccer Bowl '75 by a 1-0 score as Bright Dike's goal would hold up in front of 8,892 at Portland's PGE Park.
The Timbers would see their first chance on this sunny, sticky afternoon in Portland in the 10th minute, when Alex Nimo's soft chip pass from the right side found the head of Doug DeMartin, but his header from 15 yards out was wide right. The Timbers would threaten again 120 minutes later, as Bright Dike makes a nice 30 yard run past Tampa Bay defender Julian Vanlein, and had a tight angle shot from 15 yards saved by goalkeeper Daryl Sattler.
Tampa Bay would get their first good chance in the 18th minute when a free kick from Pascal Milien was headed by Yendry Diaz at close range, and grazed off defender Scot Thompson before slipping just over the crossbar.
In the 22nd minute, getting a second chance to cross after a cleared free kick, it was Portland's Josh Cameron who had a nice cross to the far post, which met the head of Ryan Pore, whose header across the goal mouth was saved by Sattler, then the rebound shot by Ross Smith was blocked by a Tampa defender. About two minutes later the Timbers were threatening again, with Nimo making a nice diagonal run, dropping the ball to Dike, who couldn't control the ball off his leg and it went directly to Sattler who smothered the shot.
In the 31st minute, a Timbers chance came out of nowhere when a long chipped pass from Nimo found Dike, whose looping header forced Sattler to retreat and tip the ball over the endline. Seven minutes later, a nice cross from Thompson nearly found Derek Gaudet at the far post, getting over the outstretched arms of the keeper, but being headed over the endline by Tampa Bay midfielder Erik Ustruck.
In the 41st minute, Dike nearly created a goal from nothing when he stole the ball from Valentin deep in the Tampa Bay box, and was able to turn and hit a hard diagonal shot that hit square off the left post before rebounding back out.
After an ensuing corner kick, the Timbers had two good chances (and two good arguments for penalty kicks) as Smith and then Pore seemed have been fouled hard in the box, but the chance only resulted in a Pore header that went wide left.
The Timbers would find the woodwork once more in the half in what has been a common occurrence this year, with Dike getting an open look against a charging Sattler in the 45th minute, but his chipped shot was off the crossbar, and it would be the last good chance for the Timbers and the half would end tied at 0-0.
In the second half, it would be the Timbers with the first good chance, as Pore had an open look from 20 yards out, but his shot was deflected wide off a Tampa Bay defender. One minute later, the Rowdies had a good chance to steal the lead when Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe played a low cross to a charging Diaz, but the Rowdies defender got the ball caught in his feet and was unable to get a shot on goal.
In the 54th minute, the visitors got their best chance of the match as they would also find the woodwork, this time a shot from Adjeman-Pamboe when he eluded two Timbers defenders to get a good look from 20 yards out, but his blast hit the upper right corner of the crossbar, and was cleared by the Timbers defense.
In the 60th and 61st minute, the Timbers would get good chances on long runs from their forwards, first with Doug DeMartin making a 30 yard run to the top of the Tampa Bay box, but his curling shot was side left. Then it was Dike making a diagonal run into the box, with his shot from a very tight angle going across the goal face just missing the right post.
In the 69th minute, a nice overlapping run by Thompson as he received the pass from Nimo set up a dangerous low cross into the Tampa Bay box, but the direction by Dike was blocked by the Tampa Bay defense and cleared.
One minute later, it would be Tampa Bay with a dangerous free kick by Takuya Yamada that bounced around dangerously as Timbers goalkeeper Steve Cronin had to punch the ball twice and finally collected the ball to end the threat. Seconds later at the other end of the pitch, DeMartin had a good chance after a shot from Dike was blocked, but DeMartin's lunge at the ball was just short as Sattler collected the ball.
The Timbers would get what probably seems like a very rare instance of good fortune in this frustrating season in the 73rd minute, and it would lead to a goal as an attempted clearance by Tampa Bay's Valentin rebounded off Timbers forward George Josten, who had just entered the match, and rebounded into the run of Dike, who was then one-on-one with Sattler, and blasted low and just inside the right post to put the Timbers up 1-0, and a shower of teddy bears onto the pitch as it was the annual Teddy Bear toss night to benefit local charities.
In the 76th minute the Timbers would get a few good chances produced by runs by Takayuki Suzuki, who demonstrated great ball control on the endline, but none of his crosses produced any shots on goal.
Three minutes later, the Rowdies had a great chance to equalized when a long throw-in was flicked by on Valentin, to Diaz, who had an open header from 8 yards out but the shot was right at Cronin and easily saved. One minute later the visitors would had another good chance when Mozzi Gyorio had an open look from 20 yards out, and the shot slipped right by the feet of Mamadou Danso but was smothered by Cronin.
The Timbers would get a good chance add to their lead in the 88th minute when Suzuki found Dike open near the top of the box, but his blast was just wide left. Though the Timbers have had a tendency to give up goals in stoppage time this year that cost the team crucial points, the Timbers were able to keep the Rowdies threatening through four minutes of stoppage time, and would take their second straight league win, and fourth win overall in five total matches, with the 1-0 win.
Steve Cronin had four saves in the win, while Daryl Sattler had three saves for the visitors.