While it certainly would have been nice and uplifting for them to continue, the Portland Timbers U-23's run in the U.S. Open Cup has been prematurely cut short after falling 1-nil against the likes of the Charleston Battery. A second half goal by way of Austin Savage in the second half was enough to see the USL Pro side through to the next stages of the tournament, while the Timbers U-23 side was eliminated.
From the left side, Prince sent in a well-placed cross to the back post, where Savage was trying to hold his ground against Timbers U-23s defender Mitch Lurie. Savage was just able to get his head to the ball and placed a shot inside the top left corner of the goal for the game-winning strike.
The Charleston Battery will continue on to the 3rd round of the tournament where they'll face off against the San Jose Earthquakes.
For their part, the fact that the Timbers U-23s were able to hold the Battery off for so long is kind of impressive. Charleston is a professional team, not an amateur team. The U-23 squad, on the other hand, is still considered an amateur team. To this day, however, the U-23s have not advanced further than the 2nd round in U.S. Open Cup play.
Portland Timbers to face Wilmington Hammerheads in U.S. Open Cup
The Portland Timbers primary squad will take on their first opponent in the U.S. Open Cup one week from today, May 29th. Their opponent was also decided yesterday and it will be the USL Pro side Wilmington Hammerheads after they dispatched amateur side Austin Aztex 2-nil.
The game comes during a bye week for the Timbers, so there should be no reason for resting or relaxing certain players. In fact, it could be seen as a way to keep certain players fit and ready.
The game kicks off here at Jeld-Wen Field at 7:30pm and, if you're a season ticket holder, is included as Game B in your season ticket package.
What do you think about the U-23s being eliminated from U.S. Open Cup play? What about the Portland Timbers primary team facing off against the Wilmington Hammerheads.