I’ve never liked shootouts. a pretty move reminded us before the match that there is another way: if the USL had the away goals rule the result might have been different (but of course it still might have ended in a shootout; there’s no completely fair way to end a hard fought draw).
But in any case the Timbers played a fantastic defensive game for most of the 120 minutes, and very well could have won the match in regulation and/or overtime if not for the heroics of the Silverbacks’ keeper. With the addition, perhaps, of more size up front, and another play making winger next year I think we can compete for the title again.
The Timbers had a great season and look strong going into next year. I don’t think anyone expected Gavin to turn this team around so quickly; he’s not only improved the team by leaps and bounds, he’s created a powerhouse. Attendance this season was way up, the new owner appears to be interested in the success of the team, and the best fans in the country have a fantastic season to look back on and more fantastic seasons to look forward to.
The Oregonian – Timbers fall short in penalty kick loss
Those two words summed up the Portland Timbers’ heartbreaking semifinal playoff series loss Sunday to the Atlanta Silverbacks. Portland dominated through 90 minutes of regulation play and another half hour of overtime, racking up shots and near misses on goal. But when none came through, Atlanta won 3-1 in penalty kicks.
The Portland Timbers – Timbers fall to Atlanta on penalty kicks
The Portland Timbers’ 2007 season ended Sunday night at PGE Park falling to the Atlanta Silverbacks 3-1 on penalties in front of 11,879. The Timbers out shot the Silverbacks 22-10 in the final leg of the 2007 USL First Division semifinals, but the two sides finished regulation and overtime tied at 0-0.
I’ve found links to several great photo galleries of the match last night: