Eric Brunner waves to crowd - Timbers v. Chivas USA, U.S. Open Cup, 3.29.11
Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Quotes & Notes: Timbers: 2, Chivas USA: 0

John Spencer, Timbers head coach

Overall on the match…

We did lots of good things tonight and at the end of the day I think the best team came out with the win. Tonight we didn’t make the individual errors; we kept ourselves in with a chance to win the game, worked hard off the ball. We still created chances, missed a couple and then managed to get a couple.

On the goal by Jewsbury… 

Great goal from Jack Jewsbury, I think that’s what the team needed. That goal just kind of lifts the whole group and gives us confidence. We had chances to be up 2-or-3 to 1 at the half and we never took them. Luckily enough we stayed positive and as I said the best team won on the night.

On the play of Jake Gleeson…

He’s a kid that can go and play at the highest levels, I’ve said that time and again. Anything he does, it doesn’t surprise me. … He’s paid to play very well and that’s what he’s doing. He’s doing his job very well right now. I don’t know how long Troy’s going to be out, I don’t know how long Adin’s going to be out, but right now we’ve got Jake in the goal and we’re pretty confident.

Jake Gleeson, Timbers goalkeeper

On playing in front of home fans…

It was a good atmosphere and with the Timbers Army right behind us, it was a great performance and we managed to come away with the win. The Timbers Army is unbelievable, unbelievable support. It was a great feeling and I hope for many more in the future.

Overall on match…

You get lucky in games and I managed to get lucky a couple of times, fortunately they were in some pretty crucial areas, it was definitely nice to get some saves under my belt and I’m just going to move forward and continue to play well. We have to win, we want to win every single game, after two losses on the road to come back here and pick it up with a win is fantastic.

Jack Jewsbury, Timbers midfielder

On scoring his first goal as a Timbers player…

I turned, took a touch and I had some space there. I think I have a descent shot from distance so I pulled the trigger. It was just a great feeling, we had chances we weren’t fortunate enough to get the right bounces. We wanted to continue pushing the game and continue getting the chances, so it was obviously exciting seeing that one go in knowing up a man we could hopefully hold on or hopefully get another one like we did. It’s definitely a confidence builder now we just have to make sure we build on that going into New England.

Eric Brunner, Timbers defender

Overall on the match…

It’s good we got that monkey off our back, it’s tough going out trying to get a win now we’ve got it underneath our belt. We’ve been working hard in training, John’s been game planning for us and we’ve been working on stuff in training. I think we can continue it, it’s motivation we know what it feels like to win.

Looking ahead to New England…

We’re going to New England, which is a tough place to play flying across the country but we’re going to have to come with the attitude we had today and know the feeling we had when we won and all the hard work we put into it.

  • A sellout crowd of 5,061 was on hand at Merlo Field on the University of Portland campus to watch the Timbers victory over Chivas USA.
  • Gleeson made his first professional start for the Timbers. He made his MLS debut last weekend in the club’s away match against Toronto FC, entering at halftime. Gleeson also debuted the Timbers’ all-blue goalkeeper kits.
  • Brunner wore the captain’s armband for the Timbers.
  • For a second straight match, the Timbers’ opponent had a player sent off with a red card.
  • The match’s first corner kick didn’t come until the 86th minute, when Jewsbury set up Brunner’s goal. That was the only corner kick taken in the contest.
  • Chivas USA defender Heath Pierce marked his return to Merlo Field, where he played during his collegiate career with the University of Portland from 2003-05.
  •  MLS league pool goalkeeper Kevin Guppy joined the Timbers Monday and was in the club’s match-day roster against Chivas USA due to injuries to Portland goalkeepers Troy Perkins (knee sprain) and Adin Brown (hamstring strain).
  • Midfielder James Marcelin made his 2011 club debut Tuesday against Chivas USA.
  • For a third straight match, the Timbers wore their all-green primary kits – green jersey, green short and green socks.