By the Numbers
Number of Timbers players to score four in one half
Number of Portland Timbers to score at least three in a US Open Cup match
(Bright Dike in 2010, Frederic Piquionne yesterday)
Number by which the Wilmington Hammerheads' shots on target total exceeded the Timbers'
Moment of the Match
Fans at Jeld Wen Field hoped for the best but kept the worst in mind on Wednesday night, as they dug in for an evening of bus parking and bunkering from the visiting side.
It was not meant to be, thanks to Piquionne's headed goal in the eightieth second, my moment of the match.
It should be noted that even after Piquionne's first goal forced the Hammerheads out of their defensive shells a little bit as they tried to win possession and search for an equalizer, the Timbers still had trouble building their attack from the crowded center of the pitch.
Caleb Porter was prepared for that eventuality, telling reporters after the match that the team had put a special emphasis on set pieces and crosses in training this week. As a result, four of the Timbers' five goals were scored with headers off crosses from outside the area. Three of them were scored on set pieces.
In this way, Porter's tactical thinking and Piquionne's experience as a target striker all but guaranteed that yesterday's match would not be a repeat of last year's travesty.
Injuries and Bookings
None and none. Brilliant.
Around the League
Montreal wins the Voyageurs Cup and will compete in next year's CONCACAF Champions League.
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1:0 Seattle Sounders
One of these years the Sounders and Timbers will get to play each other again in the USOC.
Carolina RailHawks 2:0 LA Galaxy
The Galaxy does not appear to have put a lot of effort into this one, not even getting a shot on target until the 71st minute.