PORTLAND, Ore. - Rookie forward Bryan Jordan scored his fourth goal of the season as the Portland Timbers defeated the California Victory 1-0 in front of 6,332 at PGE Park on Friday night. In the win, Portland recorded its fourth consecutive shutout matching a franchise record set earlier in the season.
Now with eight shutouts on the year, the Timbers have not allowed a goal since a 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact on June 21 at PGE Park - a span of 364 minutes. With the shutout victory over California (2-9-5, 11pts), the Timbers matched the franchise record of four consecutive shouts set previously in the year. The previous run of four straight shutouts also set a new franchise record of consecutive minutes played without allowing a goal - 377 minutes.
Portland is now 4-0-0 against the Victory this season and also maintains its unbeaten streak at PGE Park. In eight league matches at home, the Timbers are 5-0-3. The win also propels the Timbers into a tie for second place in the USL First Division with a record of 8-2-3 (27pts).
Jordan scored the lone goal in the 53rd minute on a well-placed pass from defender Scot Thompson. Moving the ball up the right side of the field, Thompson found Jordan racing through the box. Meeting up with the ball about 12 yards out, Jordan buried the ball inside the far post.
The Timbers had two chances to take the lead in the 27th minute but Victory goalkeeper Eric Reed made two stops to keep the score tied at 0-0 through the first half. Reed denied a shot by Portland forward Chris Bagley from the top of the box and knocked the ball towards Jordan. With another diving save in the opposite direction Reed cleared Jordan's shot out of the box.
The Timbers and Victory wrap up their season series on Sunday at PGE Park. Sunday's match is Portland's annual Teddy Bear Toss to benefit Doernbecher Children's Hospital. The Timbers encourage fans to donate teddy bears and stuffed animals by tossing them onto the field after the team scored its first goal of the match on Sunday.
Notes: Midfielder Tom Poltl missed his third consecutive match with a hip injury ... In only 12 games, the Timbers matched the 2006 season total of 27 points … Midfielder Andrew Gregor received his fifth yellow card of the season forcing him to serve a league-imposed one-game suspention during the road trip to Atlanta and Charleston.
POR - GK Wicks, D Griffin, D Knowles, D J. Thompson, D S. Thompson, M Gregor, M Higgins, M Dombrowski, M Olum, F Jordan, F Bagley
CAL - GK Reed, D Aquilar, D Schwarze, D Dunn, M Casillas, M Bianchi, M Retiz, M Aguayo, M Fitzgerald, F Epite, F Morales
POR - Jordan (S. Thompson), 53