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Timbers occupy the net again in loss

English side Aston Villa earns a PK win, but Portland scores twice
July 24, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

The magic that accompanies Jeld-Wen Field for the Portland Timbers showed itself again Tuesday night, even if it didn't turn into a victory.

The Timbers, struggling to score on the road, tallied twice in front of the Timbers Army before dropping their international friendly with Aston Villa, 5-4, in penalty kicks.

Portland trailed 1-0 into the second half when a flurry of substitutions by both teams gave it an edge and turned into goals by Sebastian Rincon and Rodney Wallace.

AVFC, playing in front of Tom Hanks - one of its passionate fans, got goals from Ciaran Clark and Matthew Lowton and converted all of its PKs before a crowd of 20,438.

Villa keeper Brad Guzan needed just one stop, on Bright Dike's effort in the fifth round.

Despite the loss, the Timbers got an emotional lift from the game, one highlighted by the post-game presentation of the slice of lumber each player gets for a goal. Timbers players depantsed Rincon, who scored for the first time in a Timbers uniform.

Portland returns to action Saturday against Chivas USA with a desperate need of a victory. Portland (5-11-4, 19 points) has lost its past four games - three of them on the road - by a combined score of 14-3.

Chivas (6-8-5, 23 points) beat the Timbers 1-0 Wednesday, and also has a 2-1 win in Portland, April 7.

No Pity for Revolution, RSL and Aston Villa

Stumptown Footy's Ryan Gates joins the cast of No Pity City tonight at 8:30

The exciting start to the 2012 Major League Soccer season took a big header into reality Saturday with a loss at New England, but there's always a plan for the faithful and the cast of "No Pity City" will delve into that tonight at 8:30 from the Bulldog Tavern in Southwest Portland.

Stumptown Footy columnist Ryan Gates will join hosts Cliff Pfenning and Mike Donovan to talk over what happened outside Boston on Saturday as well as what's upcoming Saturday at Jeld-Wen as the Portland Timbers prep for Real Salt Lake, widely viewed as one of the contenders for the Western Conference title - except for its loss to conference doormat Chivas USA Saturday.

The news that can't be debated is today's announcement the Timbers, on July 24, will play host to Aston Villa of the English Premier League, a club nearly 140 years old with a roster of international stars.

Portland, of course, is also developing a roster of international stars. Who's got the edge? Tonight's show will debate how much of an edge Villa has.

It's all live from the Bulldog Tavern, located at 1650 W. Burnside St. in Portland. View the show on this page, and join the chat room to talk with the cast or Gates, who's work can be viewed at stumptownfooty.com.

 


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