Crew 0, Timbers 0
The Portland Timbers saw some positives from a lineup shake-up,
just not a win.
Portland captain Jack Jewsbury was moved from midfield to
defense and while defender Rodney Wallace shifted to midfield wing
Saturday night against Columbus. In the end, however, it was
goalkeeper Troy Perkins who held the Crew at bay in a scoreless
draw Saturday night.
Perkins, wearing a face mask from a nasty nose laceration he
sustained in Portland’s loss in Montreal last weekend, knocked Josh
William’s header over the bar in the 66th minute to help keep the
Crew winless in five straight matches.
”It’s a positive step,” Timbers coach John Spencer said.
”Obviously, not the result we hoped for, but a positive
Portland had lost five of its last six heading into the
Both teams have just two wins apiece. The Timbers (2-5-2) are
last in the Western Conference, while the Crew (2-4-2) are ninth,
just ahead of winless Toronto, in the East.
Both of Portland’s victories have come at Jeld-Wen Field, but
Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum didn’t let a shot through,
making six saves.
”They had their chances, we had our chances,” Crew defender
Eric Gehrig said. ”It was two defenses battling for a full 90
minutes, and like I said, we had some looks, they had some looks.
It was back-and-forth soccer, and I thought it was a fair
The Crew, playing in their 500th regular-season match, have been
shutout four times this season, with six total goals and just one
goal on the road.
Columbus was without defender Chad Marshall, a late scratch
because of concussion-like symptoms from training Friday. The Crew
were thin, with midfielder Dilly Duka, defender Carlos Mendes and
forward Olman Vargas out because of hamstring injuries
Portland defender Steve Purdy was out with a concussion, but
Perkins was in goal for the Timbers despite a serious laceration
from a collision with Montreal’s Sanna Nyassi last weekend in a 2-0
Portland loss. Perkins was credited with one save against the
”I think the tempo of the game was relentless. We really went
after them,” Perkins said. ”There were times we made really bad
decisions on our passes, so we got to learn from that. But I think
getting a clean sheet and a point is a good start.”
Portland saw the return of defender Futty Danso, who missed the
season’s first eight games because of a fractured bone in his left
Spencer, who hasn’t used the same lineup in consecutive games
yet this season, shook things up by moving Wallace and
Jewsbury started 43 matches at defender in Kansas City, and was
that team’s defender of the year in 2008, but he’s been a starting
midfielder for the Timbers.
Wallace got a good chance in the 20th minute, but his shot was
stopped by a diving Gruenebaum, while Jewsbury’s header cleared out
a shot on Perkins in the 27th minute.
”I think today we looked more like the Timbers of old,”
The Crew’s Ethan Finlay got a free kick in the 20th minute, but
it was blocked by the line of Portland players. Portland got a free
kick of its own in the 58th minute, but Kris Boyd’s shot went
”We matched Portland’s intensity and physicality. It’s a fair
result, 0-0, because we could have scored three goals and they
could have scored three,” Crew coach Robert Warzycha said. ”I
think we were decisive with the ball and created some chances. We
did against a tough opponent especially in front of the fans.”
This was the only meeting this season between the two teams.
Last season they split, with each team winning at home.