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Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Offense from the Defense

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The Timbers saw their offense come from the defense against the Revolution, but is that enough for a Man of the Match nod?

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The Portland Timbers managed to get a point on the road against the New England Revolution yesterday thanks to Liam Ridgewell's second half goal. Ridgewell's long run and shot drew instant plaudits, but was there anyone who could rival him for the Man of the Match honors?

Kevin: Liam Ridgewell

His run, that goal, awesome. And outside of the Revs goal I thought our defense did quite well.

Stacey: Liam Ridgwell

His goal will get the attention and that's understandable given that it was so atypical, but Ridgewell had a great game aside from that. He and Norberto Paparatto didn't cover themselves in glory on the concession, but both rebounded well. Ridgewell in particular had some critical set piece clearances and game-saving blocks. He ended up being very important at both ends of the field.

Ryan: Donovan Ricketts

Ricketts had a few good saves, 5 to be exact, and with the defense making a few errors Ricketts was called upon to do more than make saves. He came off of his line strongly and put out a few sparks before they became fires.

Will: Donovan Ricketts

Ricketts stood tall for the Timbers: making saves, picking out crosses, and beating attackers to the ball all around his box. The Timbers conceded the area around their box to the Revolution, but they did so with confidence as Ricketts has seemed unbeatable from distance.

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