The Portland Timber and the New England Revolution played to a scoreless draw on Thursday May 2nd at Jeld-Wen Field. The Timbers remain unbeaten in 7 straight games.
The Timbers dominated the game, firing off 22 shots and recording a 73%-37% advantage in time of possession. But the Timbers were unable to find the back of the net, largely because of some outstanding goalkeeping by Revolution netminder Bobby Shuttleworth, who recorded 9 saves on the evening, and a stingy New England defense. It was the first time the Timbers had been shutout this season through 9 games.
The Timbers next travel to Texas to play FC Dallas in a midweek match up against the Western Conference leaders on Wednesday, May 7th. The Timbers return home to face Chivas USA on Sunday, May 12th.
The Timbers demonstrated early in this game the offensive potential that coach Caleb Porter has built into his squad this season. In the 7th minutes Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe played a quick give and go that saw Nagbe play an unbelievable back heel flip volley back to Valeri, who volleyed the ball over the cross bar. Nagbe’s pass would have been a sure nomination for assist of the year, (if Valeri;s shot had gone in).
The Timbers offensive front four of Valeri, Nagbe, Ryan Johnson and Rodney Wallace were active all night spreading havoc through the New England back line and creating dangerous chances all night. The Timbers were unlucky not to score on several occasions and Shuttleworth had an outstanding game, making several key saves.
Timbers central defender Mikael Silvestre went down early in the second half holding his knee and had to be replaced by Amdrew Jean-Baptiste adding to the Timbers woes at that position. The Timbers later reported that Silvestre had torn his left ACL and is out for the season. Already this season the Timbers have seen David Horst go down with a season ending injury and Hanyer Mosquera leave the team for personal reasons. The Timbers did announce the signing of veteran Gambian defender Pa Modou Kah this week. Kah, 34 has played professional in Europe for top clubs in Norway, Sweden, and Holland. Most recently he has played in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Man of the Match
New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth had an extraordinary game, keeping a clean sheet against a potent Timbers attack that just kept attacking his goal. He had outstanding saves on shots by Nagbe, Ryan Johnson and Diego Chara to preserve the tie and earn a point for the visitors.