Timbers advance, host MLS Seattle July 1 at PGE Park

The Timbers square off against the Sonoma County Sol of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association tonight at 7 p.m. in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup in Santa Rosa, Calif. Catch live updates online via Twitter or USOpenCup.com.

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The Portland Timbers play their fourth consecutive match on the road Tuesday as they continue their run in the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a second-round match against the Sonoma County Sol of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association. Tuesday’s game marks Portland’s fourth match in the past week.
The Timbers opened their stretch of road games last week on June 9, in the first round of the U.S. Open Cup, defeating the Kitsap Pumas, one of four professional teams in the Premier Development League, 3-0 in Bremerton, Wash. Midfielder Brian Farber, forward Jason McLaughlin and defender David Hayes each scored in the second half and goalkeeper Steve Cronin recorded two saves in the shutout to help the Timbers advance in the tournament.
Portland then traveled to the east coast for matches against the Carolina RailHawks and Charleston Battery, the top two clubs in the USL First Division, and recorded a pair of draws, including a shutout, to extend it’s unbeaten streak this season to 10 games in league play and 12 matches overall.
Over their last four matches, the Timbers have out-scored their opponents 5-1 and logged three shutouts. Portland’s backline ranks among the USL First Division leaders in fewest goals allowed this season, having conceded just five goals through its first 11 matches of the season.
Prior to the match, United Soccer Leagues announced Tuesday that Hayes was named to the USL First Division Team of the Week for Week 10, for his performance in the Timbers’ two-game road trip last week.
Following Tuesday’s match, the Timbers play their next three matches at home, starting with Friday’s contest against Minnesota. The Timbers will also play host to the Montreal Impact on June 28 and Germany’s Bayern Munich II in a special international exhibition match at PGE Park on July 2.