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Spencer inspires scrappy Timbers

Updated: October 19, 2011, 4:12 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

Portland Timbers coach John Spencer stomped through the players' tunnel of Red Bull Arena after losing 2-0 to the New York Red Bulls in early October. Like often this season, his side had been overmatched. But like often this season, the scrappy Timbers had somehow made a game of it. They had even wrested control in the second half, before a controversial handball penalty call and ejection on Portland's goal line sealed the game. It had been one of several dubious calls leveled against the Timbers. ...

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