CenturyLink Man of the Match vs. Real Salt Lake: Kosuke Kimura

New defender's debut overwhelmingly voted for match honor

MOTM @ RSL, Kimura, 7.7.12

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Kosuke Kimura had a whirlwind week. Acquired on Thursday, he went straight from the airport to his first Timbers training session. Two days later, he as in the starting XI against Real Salt Lake in Sandy, UT.

While the game did not go according to plan given the 3-0 scoreline against Portland, Timbers fans were able to see a glimpse of some of the hustle and grit the former Colorado Rapids backliner possesses. Quick to track opponents, fast on the counter, and skilled at dispossessing the ball from attacking players, Kimura was a welcome addition to the Portland squad.

And with 76% of the vote, you agreed. In his debut performance, Kosuke Kimura is your CenturyLink Man of the Match.

Kosuke Kimura - 76%
Jack Jewsbury - 24%

Congratulations to Kosuke and be sure to vote for the next CenturyLink Man of the Match at www.portlandtimbers.com/motm.