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Timbers, Whitecaps battle to hard-fought draw

Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Portland Timbers - July 3, 2010, 7:00 PM (PDT)

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JULY 3, 2010
Timbers dominate, but can't break through in 0-0 draw with Vancouver

The Portland Timbers rested several regular starters after 120 minutes plus on Wednesday night in a US Open Cup loss, but the Timbers would dominate much of the run of play on Vancouver on Saturday night, outshooting the visitors by a 20-6 margin, but could never break down Whitecaps goalkeeper Jay Nolly and would have to settle for a 0-0 draw in front of 9,017 at PGE Park.

Neither team would threaten for the first twelve minutes, until a high bouncing ball towards the Whitecaps box was controlled by Timbers forward Doug DeMartin, whose shot from near the corner of the box was right at Vancouver goalkeeper Jay Nolly and easily saved. The Whitecaps wouldn’t threaten until the 21st minute, when a dangerous low cross after a run down the right side was smothered by Timbers goalkeeper Steve Cronin.

In the 23rd minute, DeMartin had another good look from near the penalty spot, but his shot was just over the bar. Three minutes later, a long ball towards the Timbers box caused Cronin to have to charge out of the box to clear and collided with Whitecaps forward Cornelius Stewart after the clearance.

In the 31st minute, the Timbers had a great 2 on 2 chance with DeMartin charging into the center of the box while George Josten had the ball on his feet attacking the left side, and Josten would attempt the shot from a tight angle and was well over the bar from 15 yards out.

Two minutes later it would be DeMartin setting up Steve Purdy, whose blast from 25 yards out was stopped by Nolly though he fumbled the save, but recovered before any Timbers could get to the rebound.

One minute later, the Whitecaps would have the first of their best scoring chances of the half when first Stewart was able to turn at the post after a low cross had deflected to him, but his quick shot was blocked out for a corner. Five minutes later after Whitecaps corner kick, Martin Nash had a good look from the top of the box but his shot was blocked by a Timbers defender, but fell to Stewart who had a chance from a tight angle against a charging Cronin, but the Timbers goalkeeper was able to clock the rebound over the endline.

The Timbers had their best chance of the half in first half stoppage time when a cross from the right side by Rodrigo Lopez found Josten wide open just five yards out, but his header was kept out by a spectacular reaction save from Nolly when he appeared to have no chance, and the Whitecaps somehow survived the late chance, and the score was level at 0-0 at the half.

The first good scoring chance in the second half would be Portland’s Tony McManus’ blast from 20 yards out in the 48th minute that was just over the crossbar. One minute later the Timbers were threatening again, when defender Mamadou Danso’s header off a corner kick was over Nolly, but cleared off the line by Whitecaps forward Nizar Kjalfan who was guarding the far post and headed the ball up and over the crossbar. Three minutes later, it would be Portland’s DeMartin making a nice pass after a throw-in that gave Derek Gaudet a good look from 15 yards out but his shot was blocked.

In the 57th minute, it would be Timbers forward Mandjou Keita had a nice header from 10 yards out that forced Nolly to retreat and just barely tip the bar over his crossbar. Two minutes later, the Whitecaps would have a good chance of their own when Jonathan Steele had a chance off a rebounded shot, but his shot was smothered by Cronin.

In the 63rd minute, Timbers forward Bright Dike, who had just entered the match, nearly made a quick impact when he chipped a nice pas to Keita, but the Timbers forward’s shot was just over the bar from 10 yards out.

The Timbers would not get another good scoring chance until the 79th minute when Ryan Pore, another second half substitute, made a nice run towards the near post with an open look at a tight angle, and with Dike in the box, chose to go for the shot which was blocked by a retreating Zurab Tsiskaridze.

Two minutes later, Dike made another nice run down the right side, dropping a pass to Gaudet, who played a square ball to an open Pore at the top of the Whitecaps box, but his shot was just wide left.

Shortly afterwards, on a Whitecaps counterattack, Kjalfan played a nice ball to Randy Edwinin-Bonso, forcing Cronin out of his box once again to clear the threat. The Whitecaps would control the run of play during this span and in the 83rd minute, Justin Moose was able to chip a shot over Cronin but Danso was ready at the far post to collect the ball and clear it. The Whitecaps then nearly stole the win in the 89th minute when Ansu Toure got through down the left side, but his diagonal shot slipped just past the right post.

In second half stoppage time, the Timbers had one last chance to take the win when Keita had a nice header off a corner kick end up going right at Nolly and easily saved, and though the Timbers would domainate 20-6 in shots on the night, would have to settle for a 0-0 draw.

Steve Cronin had one save for the Timbers while Jay Nolly recorded seven for the Whitecaps.

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