Timbers U23s Falter in PDL Opener to TSS FC Rovers in Canada, 3-1

(Photo Credit: Kendrick Arakaki)

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Timbers U23s took a lead on Friday night in their 2018 USL PDL season-opener, but the lead would not last in a 3-1 defeat against the TSS FC Rovers north of the border in Canada.

“Our team has to be better with the ball, not only so we can score, but to limit them coming at us when we are big,” said Timbers U23 head coach Aaron Lewis. “Offensive possession and defensive transitions have to be better on Sunday.”

Malcolm Dixon converted a penalty kick late on in the first half of Friday’s contest, but TSS provided the response to tie the match, and ultimately scored two more goals in the second half en route to the win.

In the second stanza, Gio Magana-Rivera ripped a shot off the crossbar on the half-volley, with that shot at the time being a chance that would have tied the game at 2-2. Timur Zhividze also had a shot from distance that was saved well by the TSS FC Rovers’ goalkeeper, leading the home side to the win.

The Timbers U23s remain in Canada over the weekend and will take on the Victoria Highlanders on Sunday at 2 p.m.

 

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