Timbers blow past Toronto FC

MLS: Chivas USA at Portland Timbers

September 7, 2013


Scoring Summary
POR – Kalif Alhassan 45’
POR – Rodney Wallace 83’
POR – Will Johnson 87’
POR – Diego Valeri 90’+3

Misconduct Summary
TFC – Gale Agbossoumonde 25’ (caution)
POR – Will Johnson 39’ (caution)
POR – Rodney Wallace 40’ (caution)
TFC – Jeremy Hall 90’+3 (caution)


Toronto FC – Joe Bendik; Richard Eckersley, Steven Caldwell ©, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jonas Elmer; Alvaro Rey (Justin Braun 74’), Darel Russell, Jeremy Hall, Reggie Lambe; Andrew Wiedeman, Robert Earnshaw
Substitutes not used: Quillan Roberts, Mark Bloom, Ryan Richter, Michael Thomas, Emery Welshman, Maximiliano Urruti

Portland Timbers – Milos Kocic; Pa-Modou Kah, Sal Zizzo, Michael Harrington, Andrew Jean-Baptiste; Will Johnson ©, Darlington Nagbe (Brad Ring 90’), Diego Chara; Jose Adolfo Valencia, Kalif Alhassan (Diego Valeri 77’), Rodney Wallace
Subsitutes Not Used: Jake Gleeson, Mamadou Danso, Bright Dike, Sebastian Rincon, Rauwshan McKenzie

Ryan Nelsen – Head Coach, Toronto FC

Thoughts on the match:
“Well, I think the game got away from us. The first goal was a foul on Jeremy Hall, he was trying to clear it, off a set piece. They’ve got some dangerous players on the break, some pace. What’s frustrating for me is that it ridiculously wasn’t a 4-nil result. I could see us, at 1-nil in the 60th minute, I could see only one team going on to score the goal and unfortunately our mistake from a young center back, who was brilliant on the night, I thought he was fantastic, he was having such a great game, but he’ll learn from that and definitely never do that again. Before games, I always say to the guys, “Don’t be headline news,” but it shows how quickly games change. They got the crowd up and got their confidence and the game was over.”

On missing regulars from national team duty and various injuries:
“We’re down to our bare bones, but it’s no excuse because the guys, I thought, I thought they did really well. Up until that second goal, everything was going to plan. It’s just, really our own mistakes that were causing the kind of problems that we were giving away in our half. The set piece was a shame. And that’s the frustrating thing about it because I thought they did well.”

Steven Caldwell – Defender, Toronto FC

On the result:
“We were bitterly disappointed in the result in the end because we did so well in the latter part of the second half. We executed the game plan, though we would’ve liked for it to have been level. At 0-0 we were in the game and then started to assert ourselves a little bit and had a few half chances and had a bit of momentum. And then, of course, we gave away the second goal, which was a poor goal from us. So then we got a wee bit loose and a wee bit open and unfortunately we go down pretty heavy in the end.”

Caleb Porter – Head Coach, Portland Timbers

On the result and the club’s confidence:
“I think it’s big. These last several games have been tough. We’ve dealt with a lot. We’ve had a ton of guys out with injuries – we still have guys out. Obviously this game, we had a few guys out with injuries and some guys out on international duty, so I said to the guys that in a lot of ways it’s probably a good thing, because if we had had a ton of success in the last nine games, I’d be worried about complacency at this point. We’ve been humbled a little bit. We’ve had to fight through some things. It’s built our character, it’s increased our depth, and I think it’s made us hungrier for this final push. We’re in the last quarter of the season now with seven games left, and we’re going to keep being very business-like, very professional in our approach and we’ll keep on this process that we’ve followed all season long. We’re not getting ahead of ourselves. We’ll focus on the next game, that’s Chivas USA. We’re not worried about the other games. We’ll go into that game trying to get three points like we’ve done all season long.”

On the result and playoff positioning:
“I think position is always important, but we can’t control the other teams. We’re in position. I don’t call it a good position or a bad position; we’re in position, which is in the playoff picture. We’re going to focus on what we can control, and that’s three points hopefully every game. That’s going to be our focus. We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves, we’re not going to speculate, we’re not going to worry too much about what other teams are doing. We’re going to try and control what we can control. It’s that simple.”

Will Johnson – Midfielder, Portland Timbers

On returning from injury:
“Being injured is a frustrating thing, but there’s nothing you can do about it. Mentally, it’s just a grind and when you have a broken bone … but you can’t focus your negative energy on rehab. It was a tough month for me, and I tried to play with a lot of emotion tonight and it was just good to finally get back out there. It felt like a lot more than four games, I can tell you that.”

On the last 10 minutes of the game:
“We had to learn how to hold our lead, 1-0 is good training for a while, but you just have to take what the other team gives you. They were just sitting back, so there was no sense for us trying to push the game and get aggressive. We just held our composure, and then in the 80th minute they had to stretch their game and press and that’s when we put the nail in the coffin.”

Milos Kocic – Goalkeeper, Portland Timbers

On the shut-out performance:
“It feels good; it feels weird playing against my old team, but it’s very important coming up with a win, and playing at home is always a benefit. I think time of possession was unbelievable, we held the ball very well and we came out with three points.”


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