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Sounders U-23 loses PDL opener at Portland

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on May 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm with 1 Comment »
May 16, 2013 3:47 pm

Sounders-U-23-bloglogoHere’s a report from the club:

A goal by midfielder Eric Miller and forward Zack Foxhoven in each half helped guide the Portland Timbers U-23s to a 2-0 win against division-rival Sounders FC U-23 before more than 3,500 fans on a Providence Health & Fitness Day on Thursday afternoon at JELD-WEN Field.

After trading a few early chances, the Timbers U-23s opened the scoring on Miller’s goal in the 25th minute. Portland added a second goal 15 minutes into the second half as Foxhoven took advantage of a free ball in the box off a set piece. Backed by five saves from goalkeeper David Meves, the Timbers U-23s held firm against the Sounders FC U-23 attack to secure the shut-out victory in their 2013 Premier Development League season opener.

Miller and Foxhoven scored their first goals of the season in league play, forward Mark Sherrod and midfielder Gabriel Conelian each registered assists as the Timbers U-23s (1-0-0, 3pts) earned their first win over the Sounders FC U-23 (0-1-0, 0pts).

Miller lifted the Timbers U-23s to a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. After receiving a pass from midfielder Gabriel Conelian, Miller worked the ball into open space near the top left corner of the goal and drove a shot into the top far corner for his first goal of the season.

Portland doubled its lead, 2-0, in the 65th minute off a set piece. A free kick into the penalty area was headed on by forward Mark Sherrod and the ball deflected down in front of goal. Foxhoven worked into position to knock the ball into the back of an open net as Seattle defenders tracked back to goal.

Meves made three saves in the first half to help keep Sounders FC U-23 at bay, including a diving save in the 28th minute on a shot from distance by forward David Geno, who scored four goals for Seattle in their U.S. Open Cup match on Tuesday, aimed at the right post. Meves turned in another key save in the 54th minute, pushing high a shot by defender Michael Uyehara from roughly 20 yards out.

Sounders FC U-23 had chances in the second half to cut into the deficit. Midfielder Adbul Aman lifted a shot from inside 10 yards over the crossbar in the 70th minute – one of his team-high three shots. Eight minutes later, midfielder Miles Byass drove a shot from just beyond the top right corner of the penalty area over the mark.

Timbers U-23s defender Bryan Gallego denied a scoring chance for Seattle in the 88th minute, heading a shot by Sounders FC U-23 defender Josh Phillips off the goal line. Gallego also made a timely tackle inside the penalty area in the first half to prevent a quality look for Aman in the 17th minute.

The Sounders U-23 continue their busy week with a Sunday match in Victoria, British Columbia versus the Victoria Highlanders. Following that match, the Sounders U-23 will fly to Charlotte, North Carolina for a 2nd Round match in the U.S. Open Cup against the professional Charlotte Eagles.

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  1. EverydayFan says:

    This will be a great league to watch this summer!

    Another hot team … Washington Crossfire (and Elite local club from the East Side that works out a Marymoor and 60 Acres) … they just loaded up on a bunch of Dawgs for the summer stretch and word is getting out that they are in great form. Here’s a note from their site:

    KIRKLAND, Wash. – The Washington Crossfire are pleased to announce the addition of five players from the University of Washington for the club’s 2013 season in the PDL. Goalkeeper Spencer Richey, defenders Andy Thoma, Justin Schmidt and David Gebert and midfielder James Moberg will all join the Crossfire for the upcoming summer.

    “We are very excited to be able to have these five players join this year’s team,” said Crossfire General Manager Gary Whitehouse. “This year’s group from UW will help build the nucleus of our team for 2013.”

    Richey arrives with the Crossfire after a standout 2012 PDL season with the Portland Timbers U-23s. Richey appeared in 14 games, posting a 0.970 goals against-average, and three shutouts. He then went on to play every minute for the Huskies in the fall, recording a 0.85 goals against-average and 10 shutouts as the Huskies went 13-5-3.

    “Having Spencer return to the Crossfire organization where he played youth soccer was a big deal for us for this year,” said Whitehouse.

    Moberg also had a good fall for the Huskies in 2012, finishing second on the team with 14 points on four goals and a team-high six assists. Thoma, meanwhile, recorded a pair of assists while starting in all 21 contests for the Huskies.

    “Andy Thoma, who started every game for us at left back or midfield is a tremendous talent,” Whitehouse said. “James Moberg is a freshman who started for UW in his first season and is expected to fill an important role.”

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