Portland Timbers finally grab first win of 2014

Published Sunday, May 4, 2014 8:06 AM by Shane Barrow
Portland Timbers finally grab first win of 2014

Well that certainly took long enough for Timbers fans.  After bumbling and stumbling their way through the opening eight MLS matches to start the season Portland finally have their first victory.  And it took a last chance goal to get that!

It was a dramatic stoppage time winner from Maximiliano Urruti that gave the Timbers the win despite Portland scoring after only 34 seconds.  Gaston Fernandez had the Timbers ahead before many fans had even settled into their seats.  Portland’s quick opening salvo started when Darlington Nagbe stripped Cristian on the right wing, played past a defender ahead to Diego Valeri, who one-timed a perfectly placed cross to Fernández.

Everytime Portland got a lead DC United would rally though.  Twice Portland led and twice the visitors scored the equalizer.  An unlucky own goal levelled the game at 2-2 in the 78th leaving Portland needing the Urruti stoppage time call for magic.

Portland desperately pushed for the winner, with Will Johnson, Fernández and Valeri all coming close, and it finally came in stoppage time when Urruti, an 83rd minute substitute, came up with his second goal of 2013.

DC United coach Ben Olsen was not quite so kind after the defeat, "We pissed that game away. We take a game where we definitely should get a point, if not three, and turn it into a loss. Again, there’s a lot of character and a lot of positives with our group, but we cannot go on the road and have these cardinal sins.”

The win leaves Portland with 8 points from 9 matches.  Not pretty for sure, but the season is young and the Timbers have plenty of talent and time to make it back.  They are only two games behind Vancouver for a playoff position.