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Portland Timbers U-23s Advance in U.S. Open Cup

The Portland Timbers U-23s have successfully moved on to the next stage of the U.S. Open Cup after defeating the Sacramento Gold 3-2.

Ed Zurga

The Portland Timbers U-23 squad took to the U.S. Open Cup tournament and came out with their first win of the year against California side Sacramento Gold. When all was said and done, the Timbers U-23s won 3-2 in the first round.

The boys in green gave up two goals early on in the first half, one in the 5th minute and then another in the 25th minute. Both goals came by way of the Gold's Max Alvarez. However, the U-23s managed to earn back 3 goals from the 38th minute onward.

The first goal came by way of Zack Foxhoven, Danielle Foxhoven's brother, in the 38th. Gabriel Conelian earned another in the 41st. Finally Mark Sherrod got the game winning goal in the 78th minute. Those three goals allowed the Timbers U-23s to push forward in the tournament.

The Timbers U-23s were one of 11 other PDL teams to win yesterday. They'll go on to play the Charleston Battery of the USL-Pro league, May 21st at Jeld-Wen Field. The Timbers U-23s open their PDL season tomorrow against the Seattle Sounders U-23s at Jeld-Wen Field.

What do you think of the Timbers U-23s efforts in U.S. Open Cup?