TUCSON, ARIZONA (March 20, 2021) – Rising played its third match of the 2021 preseason today, falling 3-1, to MLS side Portland Timbers. Aodhan Quinn scored the lone goal for Rising.
Phoenix is back in action this Wednesday, March 24, vs. Union Omaha at Wild Hose Pass.
In the fifth minute, Rising trialist No. 1 was able to take advantage of some sloppy play in the back from Portland. He recovered the ball in the Timber’s third of the pitch and attempted to curl a shot inside the far right post. Unfortunately for Rising, his strike went just wide of the post. Moments later, Darnell King got forward to take a hard shot from the top right corner of the area. The shot forced Portland goalkeeper Jeff Attinella to make a quality save at the near post.
Portland got on the board first, in the 17th minute, when Pablo Bonilla found Tega Ikoba in behind Rising’s back line. Ikoba picked up his head and knocked a shot into the side netting of to the right of Phoenix goalkeeper, trialist no. 10.
Rising created chances in the 22nd and 27th minutes before finally breaking through to make it 1-1 in the 34th minute. Trialist No. 1 set up the play when he beat his defender down the right flank and sent in a centering pass from the end line. Quinn reacted first to the cross and made a sliding finish in the center of the area to score the first goal for Rising this preseason.
After making wholesale changes, Phoenix started the second half on the attack when Rising Academy player Moises Mondragon worked his way towards goal and fired a long-range shot. Portland’s Attinella was once again up to the task. The goalkeeper knocked down the shot and smothered the rebound. Attinella was tested once again just moments later, but made his third stop of the game in the 49th minute on an attempt by Rising trialist No. 5.
Joey Calistri and Rufat Dadashov nearly found the back of the net for Phoenix, three minutes apart around the 55th minute. Calistri’s attempt sizzled just over the bar and Davdashov had his attempt saved by Attinella before Portland struck on the counter attack.
Zac Lubin made a save on a shot by Yimmi Chara, but the rebound fell into the path of Diego Valeri, who put away the rebound in the corner of the net to give the Timbers a 2-1 lead in the 59th minute.
Zac McGraw gave the Timbers a 3-1 lead just one minute later when Valeri swung a curling ball to the back post. The Portland defender beat his marker to the pass and headed a shot back across the face of the goal, giving Lubin no chance to make a save.
POR – Tega Ikoba (Pablo Bonilla) 17
PHX – Aodhan Quinn (Trailist No. 1) 34
POR – Diego Valeri (Yimmi Chara) 59
POR – Zac McGraw (Diego Valeri) 60
Phoenix Rising Group 1– Trialist 10, Deklyn Wynne, James Musa, Niall Dunn*, Darnell King, Aohdan Quinn, Arturo Rodriguez, Ivan Gutierrez, Jon Bakero, Santi Moar, Trialist 1
Phoenix Rising Group 2 – Zac Lubin, Trialist 5, Joe Farrell, Trialist 4, Trialist 9, Kevon Lambert, Moises Mondragon*, Joey Calistri, Somomon Asante, Prince Saydee, Rufat
Portland Timbers Group 1 – Asprilla, Attinella, Bonilla, Ebobisse, Ikoba, McGraw, Paredes, Trialist 1, Trialist 2, Tuiloma, Zambrano.
Portland Timbers Group 2 – Bravo D. ,Chara Y., Chara, Clark, Trialist 3, Mabiala, Mora, Valeri, Van Rankin, Williamson, Zuparic.