Aston Villa wrapped up its preseason tour of the U.S. with a penalty shootout win over the Portland Timbers in front of 20,438 at Jeld-Wen Field.
Sebastian Rincon made his first appearance for the Timbers, marking the occasion with an equalizer to Ciaran Clark's opener. Matthew Lowton again put Villa ahead, again from a corner. (Aston Villa failed to score from a corner throughout the entirety of last season.) This time Rodney Wallace put Portland even with a deflected shot.
"They play good football," Timbers coach Gavin Wilkinson said. "And we coped with it. We kept our shape, we broke them down. As the game wore on, maybe it was a level of fitness for them, but we started to impose ourselves more and more."
In the shootout Guzan blocked Bright Dike's attempt to give the English club a 5-4 penalty win.
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