Saturday, July 16, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Timbers 1, Fire 0
By Charlie Corr
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago Fire's 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers on Saturday at Toyota Park:
How it happened: Portland midfielder Jack Jewsbury netted a penalty kick goal in the 25th minute to give Portland a 1-0 lead. Fire defender Gonzalo Segares was called for a foul in the box against the Timbers' Jorge Perlaza, leading to the PK. Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins came up with two huge saves against the Fire's Marco Pappa in the 90th minute and then in stoppage time, with a diving save to his right on the first strike and a kick save on the second. Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson had six saves.
What it means: Expansion Portland notched its first road victory of the season after previously going 0-5-2 in its other seven road matches. The Fire have posted back-to-back losses after going eight straight games without a defeat. Chicago falls to 2-6-12 (18 points) and Portland improves to 6-9-3 (21 points).
Outside the box: Fire defender Yamith Cuesta had an unfortunate stretch, picking up two yellow cards and a subsequent red card ejection in a span of about six minutes in the second half. Cuesta will now have to miss the Fire's Aug. 3 game against the Philadelphia Union.
Up next: The Fire take a break from MLS play over the next two and a half weeks and get ready for the Premier League's Manchester United at 4 p.m. on July 23 at Soldier Field (televised on ESPN2). The game is part of this summer's World Football Challenge.