The Portland Timbers played their second preseason match today against Costa Rican side C.S. Herediano. Once again, our only source of information from the match was from the Timbers official twitter account, and once again, we’ve compiled a small recap for your reading pleasure.
Today’s starting lineup featured many of the ‘first choice’ players who didn’t see playing time on Monday: Jeff Attinella, Jorge Villafaña, Julio Cascante, Larrys Mabiala, Zarek Valentin, Diego Chara, David Guzmán, Sebastian Blanco, Diego Valeri, Andy Polo, and Lucas Melano. However, similar to Monday’s match, the Timbers struck first, with a dribble and finish from none other than Lucas Melano in the 26th minute.
In the 30th minute, the Timbers made their first changes, subbing out Blanco, Guzman, Melano, and Polo for Dairon Asprilla, Tomas Conechny, Jeremy Ebobisse, and Eryk Williamson. Unfortunately, the substitutes first real impact on the match was Conechny giving up a penalty, which Herediano converted to even the (meaningless preseason) score at 1-1.
At the interval, the Timbers swapped out the rest of their starters, bringing on Steve Clark, Claude Dielna, Marco Farfan, Andres Flores, Roy Miller, Cristhian Paredes, and Bill Tuiloma. Before long, the Timbers were back on the front foot thanks to a cross from Flores finding Miller, who was able to head the ball home from close range.
In the 62nd minute, even more substitutions were made by PTFC, bringing on Foster Langsdorf, Marvin Loria, and Renzo Zambrano for Conechny, Ebobisse, and Williamson. And, once again, the substitutes had near-instant impact with a goal from Langsdorf off a Loria cross in the 69th minute. Langsdorf’s goal made the score 3-1, which would stand until the final whistle.
The Timbers return to preseason action in Phoenix next Wednesday at 6PM when they take on the Seattle Sounders in the Mobile Mini Sun Cup.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly credited the Timbers’ second goal to Andres Flores. It was in fact scored by Roy Miller and assisted by Flores.