Timbers U23s and TSS FC Rovers Tie in Canada, 1-1

Francesco Amorosino scored the Timbers U23 lone goal on Friday. (Photo Credit: Kendrick Arakaki)

BURNABY, Canada – The Timbers U23s had their chances on Friday evening north of the border, but by the end of the evening, the score was level at 1-1, resulting in both the Timbers U23s and the TSS FC Rovers earning a point.

Midway through the first stanza, the Timbers U23s earned a penalty kick after being fouled in the box, but the penalty kick was saved, keeping the match scoreless.

Just before the end of the half, Timur Zhividze played a nifty free-kick chip over the top of the Rovers’ defense, and the ball was headed back across the face of the goal to the onrushing Francesco Amorosino. Amorosino buried his header into the left side of the net, putting the visitors up at the break, 1-0.

In those first 45 minutes, TSS FC Rovers also received a red card, meaning the Timbers U23s would play up a man for the remainder of the contest.

In the second half, the Timbers U23s maintained the majority of possession and created opportunity after opportunity offensively. Gio Magana-Rivera had a couple of shots that looked to be headed for the back of the net, and would have done so if not for fantastic saves by the TSS FC goalkeeper. Alex Segovia also had a rip on goal, but his shot was saved.

Later in the half, Zhividze fired a long free kick headed for the top-right corner, but again, the shot was saved, keeping the TSS FC Rovers in the contest.

Then in the 78th minute of play, Zach Verhoven got in behind the Timbers U23s’ defense, and after a number of defenders eventually caught up to him, he cut in on his right foot and fired a shot off the left post and in, leveling the contest at 1-1.

The Timbers U23s (1-1-2) would press in search of the game-winner, and despite getting multiple looks inside of the last 10 minutes at goal, the game-winner was not to be found, resulting in the 1-1 draw.

On Sunday, the Timbers U23 squad is back in action, back down in the United States when the team will take on Sounders FC U23 at Sunset Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.

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