Portland Timbers Take on Indy 11 and Win 1-0, Nobody Knows What Happened

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Timbers played their fourth match of the preseason today, taking on new NASL side Indy 11 and coming away with a 1-0 win. The Timbers gave their reserves and draft picks a nice long run out, with only Ben Zemanski, who bagged the game winner on a curled free kick, and Michael Nanchoff playing less than 90'.

The match did feature the first appearance of Ghanaian trialist Francis Dadzie who has been with the Timbers since they arrived in Arizona. (Read about Dadzie here.)

Unfortunately the match, although open to the media, was not allowed to be tweeted or written about. was closed to the media. As such, the tweets from the Timbers, Indy 11, and the hosts, FC Tucson, were the only way to follow the game.

Here is about as good a timeline as we could put together:

The Tweets

The Post-game Reports

The Timbers have their post-game report here. It is identical to the post-game press release sent out by the team, which can be found below.

Indy Eleven now have their own write-up on the match posted, which can be found here. There is very little detail about the Timbers' performance in the match.

The Press Release

Here is what the Timbers sent out about the game afterwards:

TIMBERS CONCLUDE SUCCESSFUL CAMP IN ARIZONA WITH WIN OVER INDY ELEVEN
Club records third straight shutout, finishes slate in Tucson unbeaten

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Portland Timbers ended their preseason camp in Tucson, Ariz., with a 1-0 victory over North American Soccer League (NASL) side Indy Eleven on Wednesday night at the Kino Sports Complex, recording a third consecutive shutout in preseason play.

Midfielder Ben Zemanski provided the game’s lone goal on a free kick in the 75th minute. From 25 yards out, Zemanski curled a shot around the right side of the Indy Eleven wall and tucked the ball inside the right post for the game-winning tally.

Portland concluded its two-week stay in Southern Arizona with an unbeaten record of 2-0-2 over its first four preseason games. The Timbers conceded just one goal over their four games in Tucson, and have not allowed a goal in the last 329 minutes of preseason play.

Goalkeeper Jake Gleeson played all 90 minutes for the Timbers, helping to record the club’s third shutout in four preseason games. In the 70th minute, Gleeson stopped a 20-yard drive with a diving save to his right. A minute later, he made another diving save, moving to his left, to keep the ball out of the net.

The Timbers return to Portland on Thursday and will remain in the Rose City for the duration of preseason. The club’s next preseason match is Sunday, Feb. 23 against the San Jose Earthquakes at 5 p.m. (Pacific) as part of the opening matches of the 2014 Rose City Invitational at Providence Park. Tickets for all three days of the preseason event are available for purchase at www.timbers.com or at the Providence Park box office. For a complete schedule for the Rose City Invitational, visit www.timbers.com.
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