Forward Brian Umony close up
Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Timbers Reserves down Earthquake Reserves 2-0

SAN JOSE, Calif.– Forward Brian Umony recorded a goal and an assist and forward Bright Dike scored his first goal in 2011 as the Portland Timbers Reserves defeated the San Jose Earthquakes Reserves 2-0 at the Nutrilite Training Facility on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Timbers Reserves (3-2-1, 10pts) recorded their second straight victory and extended their unbeaten streak in the MLS Reserve League to three games.

Umony opened the scoring in the 12th minute after stealing a ball on the San Jose half. He dribbled past two Earthquakes Reserves defenders before firing a shot past a diving Andrew Weber in goal.

The second half saw opportunities for both teams, but the Timbers Reserves used their speed to create more dangerous opportunities. In the 58th minute, Umony fed the ball to Dike in front of the Earthquakes’ box. After two touches, Dike sent a ball that deflected off the left post and bounced in to secure a two-goal lead.

The Earthquakes Reserves (3-3-1, 10pts) were reduced to 10 men in the 65th minute, when defender Chris Leitch received a red card after throwing a shoulder into the chest of Umony down the right sideline.

Dike scored his first goal of the season as he returns to form from an Achillies injury in preseason and Umony logged his third assist for the Timbers Reserves. Goalkeeper Adin Brown made two saves to earn the first shutout of the MLS Reserve League season for Portland.

The match was very physical from both sides, with a combined total of 19 fouls from the two teams. The Timbers Reserves dominated possession throughout the entire game, allowing them to notch more shots on goal and ultimately find the back of the net on two solid opportunities to defeat the Earthquakes Reserves for a second time this season.

The lineup for the Timbers Reserves featured four trialists, including three in the team’s Starting XI – defenders Koffi Chrysostome and Dillon Barna and forward Darryl Roberts. The fourth trialist, Dylan Leslie, came on as a second-half sub. 

In their next match, the Timbers Reserves play host the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves at JELD-WEN Field on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 12 noon.

Portland Timbers (3-2-1, 10pts) at San Jose Earthquakes (3-3-1, 10pts) – MLS Reserve League
Aug. 7, 2011 – Nutrilite Training Facility
Attendance: NA

Scoring Summary
POR: Brian Umony (Unassisted), 12
POR: Bright Dike (Brian Umony), 58

Misconduct Summary
SJ: Chris Leitch (caution), 38
POR: Peter Lowry (caution), 45
POR: Kalif Alhassan (caution), 62
SJ: Chris Leitch (ejection), 63

Lineups & Stats:
POR: Adin Brown, Steve Purdy, Chris Taylor, Koffi Chrysostome, Dillon Barna, Peter Lowry, Kalif Alhassan (Rodrigo Lopez 66), Brian Umony, Freddie Braun, Bright Dike (Dylan Leslie 81), Darryl Roberts

Statistics: Shots: 10; Shots on Goal: 4; Saves: 2; Fouls: 12; Offsides: 3; Corners: 3

SJ: Andrew Weber, Tim Ward, Nana Attakora, Chris Leitch, Justin Morrow, Rafael Baca (Jonathan Vaudran 75), Khari Stephenson, Kamel Yesli (Ryan Mash 86), Anthony Ampaipitakwong (Lynden Gooch 75), Ellis McLoughlin (Milton Blanco 86), Andrea Pisanu (Jean-Francois Mbuba 61, Andy Perez 86)

Statistics: Shots: 4; Shots on Goal: 2; Saves: 3; Fouls: 7; Offsides: 1; Corners: 3