Amorosino’s Brace Lifts Timbers U23s to 4-0 Triumph over Calgary Foothills FC

(Francesco Amorosino scored two goals in two minutes in Saturday’s win. Photo Credit: Ean Perkins)

SALEM, Ore. – Francesco Amorosino scored two goals in two minutes on Saturday, leading the Timbers U23s to a critical 4-0 victory over Calgary Foothills FC. The triumph jumps the Timbers U23s into first place in the USL PDL Northwest Division by one point over Calgary Foothills FC, with the two teams playing each other again on Sunday.

The win also extends the Timbers U23s unbeaten streak to 10 matches during the PDL season. If the Timbers U23s win tomorrow against Calgary, then the Timbers U23s would clinch the USL PDL Northwest Division Championship with a game still to be played. If Calgary were to win, however, then Calgary would control its own destiny headed into the final match of the season.

“The guys performed extremely well today during a match with significant magnitude,” said Timbers U23 head coach Aaron Lewis. “This game helps continue building our overall belief heading into an equally important match tomorrow.”

It was a sign of good things to come when in the 2nd minute of play, Willie Spurr hit a shot off the left post. While it may not have found the back of the net, Francesco Amorosino made sure to put the Timbers U23s up 1-0 in the 13th minute of play when he received a volleyed cross from Alex Segovia, and after taking a touch, he blasted his shot into the back of the net for the game’s opening goal.

Almost immediately after that goal and celebration, Segovia put good pressure on Calgary’s back four and forced the defense into a mistake, and Amorosino pounced on the errant pass, taking a touch past the goalkeeper before slotting it home to make it 2-0 in the 15th minute.

Amorosino served as the playmaker in the 43rd minute of play when he fed a beautiful through ball to Segovia who timed his run to perfection, and Segovia took a touch and found the bottom-right corner of the goal with his shot, making it 3-0 just before the halftime whistle.

In the second half, Segovia once again was in the action, as he fed Willie Spurr with a nicely timed pass, and Spurr did the rest, finishing with class into the left-side netting to make it 4-0 and put the match well out of reach for Calgary.

The visitors did not go down without a fight, however, and a few good shots and crosses forced Jordan Farr to make multiple full-stretch diving saves and clearing punches, securing his fourth shutout of the 2017 PDL campaign. In the win, Farr finished with six total saves to his name.

“Even with a very long trip, we anticipate Calgary will be prepared tomorrow with some adjustments and additions,” said Lewis.

Offensively, The Timbers U23s held a 17-14 shots advantage, with Amorosino and Timur Zhividze both totaling four shots apiece. For Calgary, Ali Musse racked up six shots in the defeat.

The Timbers U23s (7-1-4) return to the pitch tomorrow against Calgary Foothills FC at 2 p.m. at McCulloch Stadium.

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