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
Portland players prepare to celebrate with Sebastian Rincon, left, and Rodney Wallace Tuesday night.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com.
Portland's Franck Songo'o battles for possession Tuesday.
Photo 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.