PORTLAND, Ore. - Two penalty kick goals by former Timbers forward Matt Taylor lifted Hollywood United of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association to a 3-2 win over the Portland Timbers at PGE Park on Tuesday to eliminate the Timbers from the 2008 U.S. Open Cup.
The Timbers maintained a lead for much of the match on goals by forward Chris Brown and midfielder Arsene Oka, and out-shot Hollywood United 18-15. But a missed penalty kick attempt by Timbers forward Takayuki Suzuki proved to be the difference as Hollywood United's Earl Alexander scored the game-winning goal in second half stoppage time.
Portland continues a busy schedule as it faces the Atlanta Silverbacks in a regular-season match on Thursday at PGE Park and then Italy's Juventus Primavera comes to the Rose City for an exhibition match on Saturday presented by Peroni Italy.
The Timbers took a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute on a free kick by Brown. Following a foul on Oka, Brown cracked a low shot from 25 yards out just off the inside of a four-man wall and inside the left post for the one-goal advantage.
Portland out-shot Hollywood United 12-4 in the first half, including a 30 yard curling free kick by midfielder Kiki Lara in the 24th minute that was pulled out of the air by Hollywood United goalkeeper Javier Barragan. Earlier in the half, Brown and forward Chris Bagley teamed up for a dangerous chance from 15 yards out, but a reaction save by Barragan kept the Timbers off the board.
Just before halftime, Portland defender Tim Karalexis was called for a foul inside the penalty area awarding Hollywood United a penalty kick opportunity. Taylor slotted home the attempt past a diving effort from Timbers goalkeeper Jordan James to tie the match at 1-1.
The Timbers escaped a chance by Hollywood United set up by Taylor in the 19th minute. He brought down the ball left side of the field and dished the ball off to Hollywood United captain Derk Droze for a shot near the penalty spot. He double clutched on his shot allowing James to make one of his four saves on the night knocking the ball wide and out of play.
Portland continued its offensive pressure in the second half as Oka scored the go-ahead goal in 51st minute to give the Timbers a 2-1 lead. Midfielder Neil Dombrowski delivered a pin-point cross from the far left edge of the area as Oka slashed his way through the box and nodded in his first goal as a member of the Timbers inside near post.
In the 53rd minute, the Timbers had an opportunity to take a two-goal lead as a Portland player was fouled inside the penalty area setting up a penalty kick. Entering the match in the second half, Suzuki took the attempt, but his slow approach allowed Barragan time to react and made a diving stop to keep Hollywood United within reach. Barragan collected five saves on the night.
Three minutes later, Hollywood United was awarded their second penalty kick of the night when Portland midfielder Kiki Lara tackled former Timbers midfielder Alex Bengard just inside the box. Taylor stepped up to the spot for his second attempt in the match and made James guess one direction before slipping the ball into an open net for the 2-2 equalizer in the 58th minute.
Hollywood United nearly captured the lead in the 80th minute as midfielder Mike Munoz collected a pass near the top left corner of the box and forced James off his line. Munoz couldn't quite get a handle on the ball and pushed his shot just wide of an open goal.
Entering stoppage time with the score locked at 2-2, Alexander, a late match substitute rocketed a shot from near the top of the box, that appeared to deflected off a Portland player, but found its way into the top left corner of the frame to help Hollywood United advance to the second round in their first U.S. Open Cup tournament.
Portland returns to USL First Division action as it plays host to the Silverbacks Thursday at PGE Park at 7 p.m. live on FSN. The first 1,000 fans in attendance receive a Timbers car flag courtesy of Les Schwab. Tickets, starting at $11 are available at the PGE Park box office, area Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phoning (503) 224-4400.
Notes: An on-demand broadcast of the Timbers U.S. Open Cup match is available through USL Live at www.usllive.com ... Tuesday marked the first U.S. Open Cup match held at PGE Park since the 2005 tournament ... The Timbers wore their “Rose City” red uniforms against Hollywood United ... Actor Anthony Lapaglia from the TV show “Without a Trace” and also the president of Hollywood United was in attendance.
POR: GK James, D Bolkan, D J. Thompson (Guante 66), D Griffin, D Karalexis, M Oka, M Lara, M Dombrowski, M Little, F Brown (Suzuki, 45), F Bagley
HOL: GK Garragan, D Dunn, D Robles, D Koubourous (Munoz, 70), D Reeves, M Bengard, M Pinto, M Dunseth, M Reinhardt (Boyce, 53), F Droze (Alexander, 84), F Taylor
POR: Brown, 32
HOL: Taylor (PK), 45
POR: Oka (Dombrowski), 51
HOL: Taylor (PK), 58
HOL: Alexander, 90