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  • July 16, 2011
  • • 8:30 PM
  • • Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
  • Referee: E. Bazakos
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Chicago Fire 0-1 Portland Timbers: Timbers get first MLS road win

Chicago Fire 0-1 Portland Timbers: Timbers get first MLS road win

David Banks

Timber's benefit from penalty call to get their first road win in Major League Soccer.

The Portland Timber earned their first road win as a Major League Soccer franchise, completing a season sweep over the Chicago Fire 1-0 thanks to a slightly controversial penalty call.

Portland opened the scoring after slow start to the match from both side when Gonzalo Segares' foul on Jorge Perlaza in the 23rd minute was given as a penalty. Chicago players were far from happy with the spot kick being awarded, but Jack Jewsbury made no mistake with the penalty and gave his side the lead.

Chicago pressed the pace for the rest of the first half and in the early part of the second frame, coming close to drawing level on a couple of occasions, but in the 63rd defender Yamith Cuesta was shown his second yellow of the match, and the Fire had to finish out with 10 men on the pitch.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, the Fire hit the post in the 71st minute and creating several other good chances late on, but Portland 'keeper Troy Perkins was up to the task and the visitors walked away with a historic win for the franchise.

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