The Timbers U23 fell short in their first USL2 game of the 2019 season at Swanguard Stadium in Vancouver, BC.

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Timbers U23 were defeated 5-0 by TSS Rovers of Vancouver in their first league game of the 2019 USL League Season.

The game began quickly with the Timbers on the front foot. In the 2nd minute, Bertrand Fourrier found himself in behind the back line and 1v1 with TSS Goalkeeper Luciano Trasolini. His low shot was blocked, keeping the game at 0-0. A few minutes later, Fourrier picked the ball off a TSS defender near the goal and had another opportunity – this one going wide.

The Timbers nearly conceded in the 10th minute, save for a goal-line clearance from Jesse Martin. The home side continued to apply pressure and went ahead 1-0 in the 29th minute after a loose ball from a corner kick was poked in by Elie Gindo.

On another TSS corner kick in the 37th minute, the referee awarded a penalty for contact in the box. TSS converted the spot kick to go up 2-0 heading into the half.

The U23’s started the second half bright and full of energy but ultimately were not able to deal with the high pressure of the TSS Rovers defense. Pushing for a goal to get back into the game, the Timbers were left exposed in the back, allowing goals in the 60th, 61st, and 80th minutes. After a few late chances for the U23’s, the referee’s final whistle blew for full time.

We need to be much better finding solutions to use our opponents pressure against them, and be more coordinated in our own defensive scheme. We’ll organize ourselves tomorrow and will embrace improving on this showing on Sunday.  

Aaron Lewis – Head Coach, Timbers U23

The Timbers continue their Canadian road trip with a game on Sunday against Victoria Highlanders. The game kicks off at 2pm at Centennial Stadium. Follow along on social media for livestream information.

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