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Timbers end scoreless drought beat Chicago


first_imgGame recapTimbers 2, Fire 1Game changer: Sal Zizzo’s speed on the right wing injected energy into the second half for Portland.Up next: Spanish side Valencia visits Portland for an exhibition match at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.PORTLAND — Sal Zizzo stepped onto the field at halftime Sunday and quickly took ownership of the eastern sideline at Jeld-Wen Field.Playing in Portland for the first time since a knee injury in the Timbers’ final home match of 2011, Zizzo’s speed and assertiveness brought some life into the 2012 season as the Timbers won for the first time in a month, beating the Chicago Fire 2-1.“I think when Sal comes on the crowd appreciate him and it gives you a lift, especially going toward the Timbers Army end,” Portland coach John Spencer said.Zizzo’s speed helped the Timbers regain momentum in the second half, and his corner kick produced the go-ahead goal as the Timbers won for the third time in six Major League Soccer home games this season.Never mind that the winning goal was officially an own goal off of Fire captain Logan Pause. Sunday’s victory was deserved as the Timbers played with a higher tempo and confidence than they have displayed for a month. As a bonus, Sunday’s win moves them out of last place in the Western Conference. At 3-5-3, Portland is one point better than the Los Angeles Galaxy.Both Timbers’ goals resulted from corner kicks Sunday, the first one from defender Eric Brunner for a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute, and the second coming from a Zizzo corner kick that Kris Boyd flicked with his head before it bounced off of Pause and into the goal.last_img

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