Quick Recap: Portland Timbers Fall in the Bay Area

Doug Pensinger

The Portland Timbers give up two goals in a three minute span in the second half. The two goals were just too much to overcome as the fall for the second time in their last four games.

The Portland Timbers traveled south to play against the San Jose Earthquakes. The first half of the game was a nil-nil affair with each team squandering a couple of good chances. The second half had all the fireworks with three goals and a red card.

The first was a questionable PK call on Andrew Jean-Baptiste when Shea Salinas went down like a paper tiger in the 55th minute. Victor Bernardez stepped up and calmly hit the ball into the back of the net while Donovan Ricketts dove the opposite direction. Three minutes later it got worst.

On a quick restart Steven Lenhart was wide open in the box and easily slotted the ball into the back of the net. (I have no words that describe his celebration that are not offensive to mentally handicapped individuals). After giving up two goals in less than three minutes Portland slowly started to get their act together.

Portland was able to pull one back in the 83rd minute when Diego Valeri played a long ball to Frederic Piquionne's feet. As Piquionne shielded off the defender he got the slightest of touches on the ball to play it onto a charging Darlington Nagbe and he was able to shoot the ball past Jon Busch.

Twp minutes later Marvin Chavez earned two yellow cards in quick succession. His first yellow card was for leaving his leg in late on a 50/50 challenge. His second was earned just seconds later as he turned around and kicked the ball away as Diego Valeri tried to kick the subsequent free kick. Unfortunately Portland was not able to take advantage of their man advantage.

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