From the first whistle of the night the Portland Timbers put the New England Revolution under pressure, but were unable to get on the scoresheet despite more than doubling the Revs shots and shots on goal.
The game ended in the Timbers first 0-0 draw of the year behind some fantastic goalkeeping from both Donovan Ricketts and Rev's keeper Bobby Shuttleworth. Ricketts in particular came up big after some sloppy marking put Saer Sene in one on one. The Iron Lion of Zion was able to get low and, at full extension, tip Sene's shot just wide of the Timbers goal.
At the other end of the pitch, Shuttlesworth had his own moments of glory, making several big stops. None, however, were quite as picturesque as Ricketts' stop, which seems like a shoe in for goal of the week.
The Timbers were able to amass their huge advantage in shots taken through a dominant possession game. Although the Revs counter attacked well, particularly as the Timbers threw more men forward toward the end of the match, the Timbers dominated the possession stat, going into the half controlling the ball for two thirds of the game.
The most troubling aspect of this game was not the loss of two points but is the potential loss of yet another center back. Mikael Sivestre was taken off on a stretcher in the 60th minute and it did not look good.