PORTLAND, Ore.– Peter Lowry recorded two goals and Brian Umony scored in his second straight MLS Reserve League match as the Portland Timbers Reserves used two stoppage-time goals to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves 3-2 Sunday in front of 10,077 fans at JELD-WEN Field.
Trailing 2-1 heading into stoppage time, the Timbers Reserves (4-2-1, 13pts) saw Umony and Lowry both score to seal the comeback as they stretched their unbeaten streak to four games with their third straight win.
Umony leveled the score for the Timbers Reserves just seconds into second-half stoppage time when defender Chris Taylor sent a ball over the top of the Whitecaps FC Reserves defense. Umony controlled the pass, fought off two defenders and fired the ball past Vancouver goalkeeper Jay Nolly to even the score at 2-2.
Three minutes later, Lowry found the net from two yards out off a headed pass from Steve Purdy, on a set piece delivered by Rodrigo Lopez.
Lowry opened the scoring by converting a penalty kick in the 34th minute after a handball was called in the box on Vancouver defender Greg Janicki. The goal was Lowry’s first of the MLS Reserve League season.
Seven minutes later, Vancouver (1-4-2, 5pts) found the equalizer in the form of a direct free kick from Gambian international Mustapha Jarju. Newly acquired Timbers midfielder Eric Alexander was called for a handball two yards outside of the box, giving Jarju the set piece opportunity.
Vancouver nearly took the lead in the 63rd minute on another set piece when midfielder Nizar Khalfan found the woodwork from 20 yards out. The Whitecaps FC Reserves did find the net 12 minutes later when 2011 MLS SuperDraft first overall pick Omar Salgado converted a short cross from Caleb Clarke to take a 2-1 lead.
The Timbers Reserves look to extend their unbeaten streak to five when they play host to the LA Galaxy Reserves on Friday, Sept. 2, at 2 p.m. at JELD-WEN Field.
With the victory, the Timbers Reserves claim sole possession of second place in the MLS Reserve League’s West Division at 13 points. Entering the match, they were tied with the San Jose Earthquakes Reserves in the division.
Sunday’s MLS Reserve League match featured the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks from the 2011 MLS SuperDraft in Whitecaps FC forward Omar Salgado and Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe, respectively. Both players were in the Starting XI for their respective clubs.
Making his Timbers debut was midfielder Eric Alexander, who was acquired by the club Friday in a trade with FC Dallas. Alexander started and played the full 90 minutes against the Whitecaps FC Reserves.
Midfielder Peter Lowry wore the captain’s armband on Sunday for the Timbers Reserves. With two goals against Vancouver’s reserve squad, Lowry becomes the third Timbers player to record a brace in MLS Reserve League action this season, along with forwards Spencer Thompson and Eddie Johnson.
The Timbers Reserves’ opening goal was the team’s first penalty-kick attempt and penalty-kick goal in the MLS Reserve League, coming seven games into the season.
In the Starting XI for the Timbers Reserves was trialist defender Stefan Gislason. An Iceland international with 33 caps for his country, Gislason last played for Norwegian first-division club Lillestrøm SK.
Forward Brian Umony scored in his second straight match when he tallied the equalizer in stoppage time. With two goals in MLS Reserve League play, Umony is tied for second on the team in goal scoring at two goals with Thompson and Lowry.
Forward Bright Dike made his second straight start for the Timbers Reserves. He scored in his MLS Reserve League debut Aug. 7 against the San Jose Earthquakes Reserves.
Goalkeeper Jake Gleeson made his second start for the Timbers Reserves on Sunday; it was his third appearance overall in the MLS Reserve League this season. He remains unbeaten this season with an MLS Reserve League record of 3-0-0.
Through three home MLS Reserve League matches at JELD-WEN Field, the Timbers Reserves have drawn a total of 14,859 fans; an average of 4,953 per game.
Coming on at halftime, defender Chris Taylor played 45 minutes on Sunday against the Whitecaps FC Reserves as he continues to lead the Timbers Reserves in minutes played at 585.
Taylor and midfielder Rodrigo Lopez are the only two Timbers players who have played in all seven of the club’s MLS Reserve League matches.
Lopez notched his team-leading third assist of the MLS Reserve League campaign, tying Umony at the top of the Timbers Reserves leader board for assists. Defender Steve Purdy recorded his first assist.
- A member of the Portland Timbers U-23s, the development team for the Timbers, midfielder Tracy Hasson entered the match as a late sub in the 84th minute. Hasson played in 13 games for the Timbers U-23s during the team’s 2011 Premier Development League season.
Portland Timbers (4-2-1, 13pts) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1-4-2, 5pts) – MLS Reserve League
Aug. 21, 2011 – JELD-WEN Field
POR: Lowry (penalty kick), 34
VAN: Jarju (unassisted), 41
VAN: Salgado (Clarke), 75
POR: Umony (unassisted), 90+1
POR: Lowry (Purdy, Lopez), 90+4
VAN: Davies (caution), 32
VAN: Jarju (caution), 44
Lineups & Stats:
POR: GK Jake Gleeson; D Steve Purdy, D Stefán Gíslason (Freddie Braun, 66), D Eric Brunner (Chris Taylor, 46), D Rodney Wallace; M Darlington Nagbe, M James Marcelin (Tracy Hasson, 85), M Peter Lowry, M Eric Alexander; F Bright Dike (Rodrigo Lopez, 71), F Brian Umony
Statistics: Shots: 10; Shots on Goal: 6; Saves: 3; Fouls: 10; Offsides: 1; Corners: 6
VAN: GK Jay Nolly; D Wes Knight, D Greg Janicki, D Bilal Duckett, D Jonathan Leathers; M Shea Salinas, M Philippe Davies, M Mustapha Jarju (Caleb Clarke, 63), M Nizar Khalfan; F Long Tan (Ben Fisk, 81), F Omar Salgado
Statistics: Shots: 15; Shots on Goal: 5; Saves: 3; Fouls: 14; Offsides: 3; Corners: 4
Referee: Baboucarr Jallow
Asst. Referees: Ronald LaGraff, Cesar Tercero
Fourth Official: Jason Perlewitz
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