The Oregon State men’s soccer team faced off with the Portland Timbers in an exhibition match on the road Thursday night and lost a close one 1-0.
Last year the game was in Corvallis, and I covered the game and atmosphere. That was when the Timbers coach big-timed me on an interview request.
“First of all, I want to thank the Timbers for allowing us to come to their place for this game,” OSU coach Steve Simmons said in a press release. “We are in a unique position at Oregon State that affords us amazing opportunities to play clubs like we did tonight. We have built a great rapport with the Timbers and are extremely thankful to do anything that we can to cultivate this relationship.”
The Timbers played primarily starters, with a starting lineup of Jake Gleeson, Mike Chabala, Futty Danso, Eric Brunner, Steve Purdy, Erik Alexander, Jack Jewsbury, Diego Chara, Franck Songo’o, Jorge Perlaza and Bright Dike.
“We obviously were absorbing a lot,” Simmons said. “I’m glad that (Timbers coach) John Spencer played a lot of his first-teamers to give our guys a taste of what it’s like to compete at that level. We learned a lot and are going to take a ton of positives out of this game. All in all it was a great night and we’re looking forward to having an opportunity like this again in the future.”
The Timbers scored the game’s lone goal in the 84th minute when Hanyer Mosquera headed home a corner kick from Kalif Alhassan.
OSU’s best chance came late in the second half when Glenn Paden had a breakaway in the box, but had his shot challenged and corralled by Portland’s keeper.