Timbers U23 endure a 4-0 loss in 2019 home-opener against the Seattle Sounders U23 (photo by Kendrick Arakaki).

SALEM, Ore. — Timbers U23 endured a 4-0 loss in their home-opener against the Seattle Sounders U23’s.

Over 900 fans returned to McCulloch Stadium to enjoy a new beer garden, Fanzone, tacos, and sundaes. The Timbers Army was in full swing, with drums, flags and tifos.

Early on in the match, the Sounders U23 were able to take control of the match. Finding the back of the net in the 4th minute was O’Vonte Mullings. From the stands, a diving header by Christo Michaelson appeared to save the goal, but the referees disagreed. The Timbers U23 were unable to keep the ball, struggling to complete passes in the middle of the field. A corner kick in the 25th minute allowed the Sounders U23 Authur Herpreck to score, putting the visitors up 2-0.

The Timbers U23 created an opportunity after the Sounders U23 second goal but were held off due to a brillant save by goalkeeper, Nicolas Campuzano. Alas, a 37th minute throw in by the Sounders U23 gave RJ Stretch a chance to split the defense which lifted the Sounders U23 to a 3-0 lead into halftime.

Starting the second half, the Timbers looked to be turning things around, but a quick counter attack caught them in transition and led to a final goal from Pablo DeCastro.

“We currently are turning the ball over too frequently and our transitions in those moments haven’t been good enough,” stated head coach, Aaron Lewis. “We have a resilient group and they are determined to get this right moving forward.”

Despite the result, fans enjoyed the atmosphere and continued to support the homeside. The Timbers U23 look to bounce back Sunday, May 26th with a home match held in Bend, Ore.

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