Matchday Preview: Timbers face Wilmington in third round of U.S. Open Cup Wednesday at JELD-WEN Field
Portland Timbers vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO)
Third Round of 2013 U.S. Open Cup
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. (Pacific)
Location: JELD-WEN Field (Portland, Ore.)
Forecast: 59 degrees, rain
English Radio: 750 The Game (KXTG 750AM)
Spanish Radio: La Pantera (KWBY 940AM)
Timbers Unbeaten in 11 Straight MLS Games
Midfielder Rodney Wallace and midfielder/forward Darlington Nagbe scored on either side of halftime and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts made two saves as the Timbers extended their MLS-club record unbeaten streak to 11 games with a 2-0 road win at D.C. United on May 25. The win helped Portland remain the only MLS team yet to suffer a loss on the road this season.
Scouting the Hammerheads
Based in Wilmington, N.C., the Hammerheads are currently in 11th place in the 13-team USL PRO league (the third division on the U.S. Soccer pyramid). Head coach David Irving’s squad has compiled a 2-7-0 (6pts) overall record in nine games during the 2013 season. Midfielder Paul Nicholson, a native of England, leads the Hammerheads with three goals this season. Nicholson, 26, is in his third season with the club. Scottish defender Tom Parratt leads the team with two assists. Irving has been in charge of the club since 1998 and helped guide the Hammerheads to the 2012 USL PRO championship game, where they suffered a 1-0 loss to the Charleston Battery. Wilimington, which went on hiatus for the 2010 season, finished in fifth place (10-7-7, 37pts) during the 2012 regular season.
Wilmington, which has lost five of its last seven matches, is getting set to play its eighth game during the month of May. Wednesday’s match marks the fourth straight road game for the Hammerheads, who traveled to Austin on May 21 for a U.S. Open Cup match and made trips to Orlando (May 25) and Tampa (May 26) in league play. Wednesday’s match is Wilmington’s fourth game in the last nine days.
U.S. Open Cup Champions
Timbers defender Michael Harrington was part of Sporting Kansas City’s U.S. Open Cup championship run in 2012, entering the final match in the 100th minute as Sporting KC defeated Seattle Sounders FC in penalty kicks. Defender/midfielder Jack Jewsbury won the 2004 U.S. Open Cup with the club, then called the Kansas City Wizards. Jewsbury started and played 68 minutes as Kansas City earned a 1-0 win over Chicago on a 95th-minute goal from Igor Simutenkov.