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MLS Game Summary - Portland at Chicago



(Saturday, July 16, 2011)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Portland 1, Chicago 0

Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire and Portland Timbers considered their encounter at Toyota Park a must win, with both teams in dire need of three points to save their respective Major League Soccer seasons.

But in a superb road performance, Portland would go on to win the match 1-0 behind a Jack Jewsbury penalty kick midway through the first half.

The match began on a sour note, as Kevin Goldthwaite's injury woes continued. The Portland defender was substituted after only nine minutes.

Later in the opening half, a Diego Chara shot deflected and fell to Jorge Perlaza at the top of the box. Perlaza earned a penalty kick for the Timbers after he was brought down by Chicago defender Gonzalo Segares.

Portland's talisman Jewsbury converted the penalty in the 25th minute to give his side the lead.

The goal snapped a 229-minute drought without an away goal for the Timbers. Portland had not scored away from Jeld-Wen Field since its May 14th match against the Seattle Sounders FC.

Chicago were extremely unlucky to not even the score before halftime, as Fire defender Cory Gibbs headed a 44th minute corner kick onto the post.

The Fire went down a man in the 63rd minute after defender Yamith Cuesta earned a second yellow card for dragging down Jewsbury just outside of the penalty box.

The Timbers, however, could not provide an insurance goal with the man advantage. The advantage turned out to be a moot point, as Portland finished the match ahead from Jewsbury's spot kick.

Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins turned out a heroic display worthy of claiming "Man of the Match" honors. He was spectacular in making countless crucial saves to preserve his clean sheet and earn three points for Portland.

The victory snapped a 7-game winless streak for the Timbers, as they look to climb up the Western Conference standings and push for a spot in the playoffs.

Portland (6-9-3) will continue its road trip by traveling to Crew Stadium to face the Columbus Crew on July 23rd, while Chicago (2-6-12) does not play in MLS action again until August 3rd when it hosts the Philadelphia Union.

07/16 22:40:59 ET