RECAP | Portland Timbers 2, Tampa Bay Rowdies 0
PORTLAND, Ore. – Goals on either side of halftime by midfielders Michael Nanchoff and Jack Jewsbury guided the Portland Timbers to a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League (NASL) at JELD-WEN Field on Wednesday night in the fourth round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The Timbers will travel to face FC Dallas in the quarterfinal of the U.S. Open Cup at FC Dallas Stadium on Wednesday, June 26; kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (Pacific).
Nanchoff staked the Timbers to an early 1-0 lead, scoring in the ninth minute off a pass from forward Jose Valencia. A free kick from Nanchoff led to a Jewsbury’s first goal of the season and a 2-0 Portland lead in the 55th minute. The Timbers’ defense held the Rowdies to just three shots to record the shutout and help the club secure a place in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal for the first time in its history.
The Rowdies’ run to the fourth round of the 2013 U.S. Open Cup was the deepest the club had reached in the tournament. Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo finished the match with five saves.
In the ninth minute, a ball played forward was headed down by midfielder Kalif Alhassan and Valencia played the ball out wide into the left channel just outside the box. Nanchoff caught up with the ball along the left post and hit a well-placed shot off the bounce that got by the reach of Restrepo and found the inside of the right post for the early 1-0 lead.
Jewsbury, who entered the match as a halftime sub, lifted Portland to a 2-0 lead in the 55th minute. From the right side about 30 yards out, Nanchoff sent the ball into the far side of the goal and Piquionne looped a header back into the six-yard box. Jewsbury buried the ball into the back of the net with a sliding, right-footed shot from close range.
The Rowdies had a free kick by midfielder Luke Muholland in the 79th minute from just beyond the penalty area strike the crossbar. Tampa Bay midfielder Keith Savage, who played for the second-division Timbers from 2009-10, forced Portland goalkeeper Milos Kocic into his only save of the night in the 71st minute.
Tampa Bay finished the final minutes of the match a man short following a second caution issued to forward Georgi Hristov in the 89th minute.
Restrepo recorded three of his five saves in the second half. In the 68th minute, Restrepo turned away a shot from inside the box by Valencia with an outstretched hand on a diving effort.
The Timbers play host to FC Dallas in a nationally televised Western Conference matchup on Saturday at JELD-WEN Field on ESPN; kickoff is 2 p.m. (Pacific). The match will also feature live radio broadcasts on 750 The Game and in Spanish on La Pantera 940 AM.
2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – Fourth Round
Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
June 12, 2013 – JELD-WEN Field (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 1 1 2
Tampa Bay Rowdies 0 0 0
POR: Nanchoff (Valencia), 9
POR: Jewsbury (Piquionne, Nanchoff), 55
TB: Hristov (Caution), 43
TB: Needham (Caution), 45+
TB: Hristov (Caution), 89
TB: Hristov (Ejection), 89
Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Milos Kocic, D Sal Zizzo, D Rauwshan McKenzie, D Andrew Jean-Baptiste, D Ryan Miller, M Diego Valeri © (Jack Jewsbury, 45), M Ben Zemanski, M Michael Nanchoff, F Kalif Alhassan (Steven Evans, 76), F Frederic Piquionne (Darlington Nagbe, 57), F Jose Valencia
Substitutes Not Used: GK Jake Gleeson, M Diego Chara, M Mobi Fehr, F Sebastián Rincón
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Valencia, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Alhassan, Valencia, 2); FOULS: 13 (Valencia, Zemanski, 3); OFFSIDES: 7; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 1
TB: GK Diego Restrepo, D Stuart Campbell, D Jay Needham, D Frankie Sanfilippo ©, D Arango, M Raphael Cox (Amani Walker, 67), M Shane Hill, M Keith Savage, M Luke Mulholland, F Mike Ambersley (Devin Del Do, 88), F Georgi Hristov
Substitutes Not Used: GK Andrew Fontein, D Thurstan Johnston, M Kyle Clinton, M Evans Frimpong
TOTAL SHOTS: 3 (Cox, Mulholland, Savage, 1); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Savage, 1); FOULS: 9 (Hristov, Needham, 2); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 5
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Colin Arblaster, Jeremy Hanson
4th Official: Carlos Tercero
Time of Game: 1:49
Weather: Overcast, 56 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial