Goals: Portland Timbers—Ryan Johnson 80’; Montreal Impact—Hassoun Camara 30’, Felipe Martins 60’
Quick Recap: Montreal held on to an impressive 2-1 victory in front of another sellout crowd at JELD-WEN Field Saturday night. Ryan Johnson’s goal in the 80th minute gave the Timbers hope—cutting the deficit in half—but Portland was unable to replicate last week’s result.
Goals from Hassoun Camara (30’) and Felipe Martins (60’) propelled Montreal to its second victory of the season.
Man of the Match: Patrice Bernier had another productive effort in the midfield. His beautiful through ball for Andres Romero led to Montreal’s game-winning goal.
Camara’s Bicycle: Vancouver’s Kobayashi will have some competition for goal of the week. Camara’s stunning bicycle kick in the 30th minute gave Montreal a deserving 1-0 lead.
Miller Goes Down: If Nani’s red card taught us anything, it’s that soccer is never devoid of controversy. Sanna Nyassi’s push is just the latest installment.
His clear foul in the box on Ryan Miller was worthy of a penalty. But referee Edvin Jurisevic did not reward Portland with an opportunity to equalize late in the first half.
The Caleb Porter Effect: The Timbers attack continues to perform at a frenetic pace. Portland finished the match with 63 percent of the possession and 19 attempts on goal. It will be interesting to see how the offense takes shape when it is forced to protect a lead rather than chase one.
Montreal’s Defensive Effort: Only six of Portland’s 19 attempts on goal were on target.
Road Warriors: Montreal recorded two victories on the road in 2012. The Impact matched that total in the first eight days of the season (per Ives Galarcep).
Lesson Learned: Montreal and Portland’s approach to the game are worlds apart. The Impact spent the first two matches of the season protecting leads, while Portland continues to find itself in search of a comeback.
True, Porter’s Timbers play a beautiful brand of attacking soccer. But Marco Schallibaum’s defensive-minded squad has proven that it takes an effective, sometimes unattractive style of soccer to post results in MLS.
Up Next: Both teams are in action next Saturday. Montreal host Toronto FC, while Portland travels to Seattle to face the Sounders.
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