Timbers Reserves defeat Chivas USA Reserves 5-1
PORTLAND, Ore. – Forward Bright Dike recorded two goals, Jorge Perlaza, Rodney Wallace, and Brian Umony each added one of their own while Peter Lowry registered two assists to lead the Portland Timbers Reserves to a 5-1 victory over the Chivas USA Reserves at JELD-WEN Field on Tuesday.
With the win, the Timbers Reserves stretch their unbeaten streak to six matches and haven’t lost a match since May 30.
Perlaza started the scoring for the Timbers Reserves when he headed in a cross from Lowry into the back of the net in the 32nd minute. A minute prior, Umony almost put in a header off of Lowry’s corner kick but the ball was saved off the line by the Chivas USA Reserves defense, sending the rebound straight to Lowry. Lowry gathered the ball and then sent in the right footed cross to Perlaza for the goal.
The Timbers Reserves increased their lead seven minutes later when Wallace netted his first Reserve League goal of the season. Perlaza crossed the ball into Lowry from the left side, Lowry took a touch and found Wallace at the top of the box, who sent the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Arias to make it 2-0 Portland.
In the 46th minute, Wallace dribbled up the left side and sent a cross in for Dike and the forward converted on a diving header over Arias for his third Reserve League goal of the season and gave the Timbers Reserves a 3-0 halftime lead.
Dike capped his brace in the early into second half. In the 53rd minute, trialist Omar Jasseh crossed the ball in for Dike at the top of the box. Dike took a touch to his right, got by defender Zarek Valentin and then beat Arias to find the lower right-hand corner of the goal.
Sixteen-year-old forward Ben Spencer put the Chivas USA Reserves on the board in the 62nd minute when he scored his first goal in his MLS Reserve League debut. Spencer received a cross from midfielder Eric Gonzalez and put the ball past goalkeeper Jake Gleeson to trim the deficit 4-1.
Umony added his third Reserve League goal of the season in the 78th minute. Midfielder Freddie Braun found Umony streaking down the right side. After gathering a deflected ball off Chivas USA defender Chris Cortez, Umony then dribbled to his left beating Arias in a one-on-one before depositing the ball into an open net, sealing the 5-1 win for Portland.
In their next match the Timber Reserves visit the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves in their Reserve League regular-season finale. The Chivas USA Reserves take on the LA Galaxy Reserves in their next match on Monday, Oct. 10 at the LA Galaxy practice field.
Portland Timbers Reserves (5-2-2, 17pts) vs. Chivas USA Reserves (1-3-3, 6pts) – MLS Reserve League
Sept. 27, 2011 – JELD-WEN Field
POR- Perlaza, (Lowry), 32
POR- Wallace, (Lowry, Perlaza), 39
POR- Dike, (Wallace), 45+
POR- Dike, (Jasseh), 53
CHV-Spencer, (Gonzalez), 62
POR-Umony, (unassisted), 78
CHV: Gavin, (caution, reckless tackle), 24
CHV: Trujillo, (caution, reckless tackle), 89
Lineups & Stats:
POR: GK Jake Gleeson, D David Horst (Douglas Nyame, 78) D Rodney Wallace, D Steve Purdy, D Chris Taylor, M Peter Lowry, M James Marcelin (Freddie Braun, 45), M Eric Alexander (Omar Jasseh, 45, Tracy Hasson, 89), M Brian Umony, F Bright Dike, F Jorge Perlaza (Rodrigo Lopez, 45)
Subs not used: GK Steve Reese
Statistics: Shots: 20; Shots on Goal: 10; Saves: 3; Fouls: 11; Offsides: 4; Corners: 6
CHV: GK Sergio Arias, D Bryan de la Fuente (Esteban Rodriguez, 45), D Chris Cortez, D Zarek Valentin, D Mariano Trujillo, M Blair Gavin, M Eric Gonzalez (Marky Delgado, 89), M Victor Estupiñan, F Jorge Flores (Brian Kennedy, 89), F Ben Spencer, F Michael Lahoud
Subs not used: GK Jake McGuire
Statistics: Shots: 10; Shots on Goal: 4; Saves: 5; Fouls: 8; Offsides: 1; Corners: 6
Referee: Ronald Lagraff
Asst. Referees: Andrew Brooks, Desmond Miller
Fourth Official: Jason Perlewitz
Weather: 62 degrees, Overcast
Reserve Match Notes:
The Timbers Reserves’ five-goal outburst was a season-high.
With the 1,118 on hand at JELD-WEN Field on Tuesday, the Timbers Reserves drew a total of 20,839 fans over five MLS Reserve League home matches.
With the win, the Timbers maintain second place in the MLS Reserve League’s West Division, with a record of 5-2-2 (17pts). Portland is tied with D.C. United Reserves for the fourth-best overall record in the MLS Reserve League.
Dike’s two goals marked the third straight match in which a Timbers Reserves player recorded a brace. Midfielder/forward Darlington Nagbe logged a brace against the LA Galaxy Reserves on Sept. 1 and Peter Lowry tallied two against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves on Aug. 21.
Dike also becomes the fifth Timbers Reserves player this season to score two goals in a single game, joining Lowry, Nagbe and forwards Eddie Johnson and Spencer Thompson.
Forward Brian Umony has scored a goal in three of the Timbers’ last four MLS Reserve League games.
Goalkeeper Jake Gleeson recorded his fourth straight victory in Reserve League action. He owns a perfect 4-0-0 record for the Timbers Reserves.
The Timbers Reserves finished their MLS Reserve League regular-season home slate with a record of 3-1-1 at JELD-WEN Field.
Forward Jorge Perlaza made his first MLS Reserve League start Tuesday and finished with a goal and an assist in 45 minutes of action.
On the bench for the Timbers Reserves was backup goalkeeper Steve Reese, who was a member of the second-division Timbers in 2007 and 2008.
Coming on as a sub after halftime, Portland trialist Omar Jasseh played most of the second half before leaving the match in the 89th minute due to injury. He assisted Dike’s goal in the 53rd minute.
Defender Chris Taylor and midfielder Rodrigo Lopez are the only two Timbers players to have played in all nine Reserve League matches. Taylor leads the team in minutes played at 765.
Defender Rodney Wallace became the third Timbers defender to score in a Reserve League match this season, joining David Horst and Kevin Goldthwaite.
- Making a third consecutive appearance for the Timbers Reserves was midfielder Tracy Hasson, who played for the Timbers' development team, the Timbers U-23s, in 2011.