USL News Release
Friday, August 14, 2009
TAMPA, FL – Since the Rochester Rhinos set the USL-1 all-time record unbeaten streak at 16 games in 1998, only a few teams had come close. Two sides, the Portland Timbers and Puerto Rico Islanders, were able to match it, but the 2009 Timbers have gone far beyond breaking the mark, stretching it to 21 games with their 1-0 victory in Montreal Wednesday. Now they head to Rochester Saturday with just their one season-opening loss on the ledger.
Since dropping the opening game of the year 1-0 in Vancouver, the Timbers have literally been unbeatable, posting a record of 12-0-9. The following is a breakdown of facts and notes of interest from matches during the record-setting streak.
Anatomy of The Streak:
- The club has recorded 10 shutouts; eight by Steve Cronin and two from former loanee Chris Seitz. There have been two three-game shutout streaks.
- No team has scored more than one goal in a game against Portland.
- Portland has shutout Carolina (0-0, 2-0, 0-0) and Montreal (1-0, 4-0, 1-0) in all three matches as well as Vancouver in both (2-0, 1-0) since the loss.
- Minnesota is the only team that has scored in all three games against the Timbers.
- Ricardo Sanchez of Minnesota is the only player with multiple goals against Portland, scoring in two different matches (one a penalty).
- Both Minnesota draws were on 90th minute goals scored by the Thunder.
- Randi Patterson of Charleston is the only other player with points in two games, tallying a goal and an assist.
- The Timbers have only been shutout (scoreless draws) four times (Carolina twice, Cleveland and Puerto Rico).
- Carolina goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell has shutout the Timbers twice.
- Mandjou Keita is the only Timber to have scored multiple goals (2) in a game (June 28 v Montreal, 4-0).
- Ryan Pore has the longest goal-scoring streak with goals in four consecutive games (8/1, 8/6, 8/8, 8/12… still active). Mandjou Keita previously had three straight games with a goal (6/13, 6/19. 6/28).
- The Timbers have won every game Brian Farber (six) or George Josten (five) have tallied a goal or assist in.
- Defender David Hayes has played all but two minutes during the streak.
- Montreal is the only team Portland has swept with three wins.
- Portland is a perfect 5-0-0 versus Canadian teams during the streak.
- Cleveland is the only team Portland has not beaten during the streak (0-0 draw May 9). The remaining two games against Cleveland are the Timbers’ last two of the season, both at home.
- The Timbers longest win streak has been two three-game runs. They are in the midst of the second.
- Portland has won all nine games in which it has scored a goal in the first half.
- Thirteen different players have scored a goal. Sixteen players have registered a point.
- Brian Farber was the first player to score a goal in the streak.
- The Timbers have only trailed three times for a total of 80 minutes (7 minutes at Puerto Rico 5/22, 20 minutes at Charleston 6/13 and 53 minutes at Miami 7/17). All three finished as 1-1 draws.
- The Timbers have led for a total of 664 minutes out of 1890 minutes played during 21 games (does not include stoppage time).
- Only four of the 10 Timbers goals allowed have been scored by Americans [John Krause (PR), Randi Patterson (CHA), Jeremiah Bass (MIN), Orlando Bueso (MIA)]. The other goals have been three from UK players [Darren Kenton (ROC), Gifton Noel-Williams (AUS) and Stephen Armstrong (CHA)] as well as Jamaican Sean Fraser (PR) and Mexican Ricardo Sanchez (MIN), who has two.
- Seven of the 10 Timbers goals allowed have come on the road. Only Darren Kenton (ROC), Ricardo Sanchez (MIN) and Stephen Armstrong (CHA) have scored in Portland.
- Eight of the 11 wins have been in Portland and seven of the nine draws have been on the road.