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Week 24 USL-1 honors announced
Josten named Player of the Week

USL News Release

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

TAMPA, FL -- United Soccer Leagues announced the Team of the Week honors for the 24th and final week of the USL regular season, honoring Portland’s George Josten as the USL First Division Player of the Week.

(Michael Stringfield)

The Portland Timbers ended a surprising three-game home losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland City Stars, who had delivered the third blow in the skid the week before. The two-goal performance from Josten also helped secure outright possession of first-place as the Carolina RailHawks finished within three points with a win in their finale the following night.

In the sixth minute, Johan Claesson chested down a pass 30 yards out with his back to the goal, and fed Josten a pass up the middle of the park. As the ball bounced towards the box, Cleveland goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap left his line to challenge the play. Josten got to the ball first and chipped a high arching shot over the goalkeeper and it bounced into an open net to give the Timbers the lead; it was his first strike since July 19.

It was a night of close chances for the Timbers. In the 15th minute, Josten had a shot from 12 yards out off of a free kick by David Hayes turned away by Gilstrap. Just after the half-hour mark, Josten chased down a ball played over the top to set up shot from the fringe of the box. He fought off his defender and chipped a shot that hit off the crossbar before it was cleared from danger by a City Stars defender.

Josten struck again in the second half, finishing a low shot from near the penalty spot. From the far right edge of the box, Mandjou Keita slipped a pass through traffic into Josten with his back to goal. Josten quickly turned and fired a low shot inside the left post past the outstretched arms of Gilstrap to double the Timbers lead 2-0 in the 55th minute.

USL First Division Team of the Week
Keith Wiggans
Three saves in 0-0 draw at Rochester
Greg Shields
Led team in 2-0 win over Montreal
Kenney Bertz
Led team in 0-0 draw against Charleston
Matt Bobo
Led team in 0-0 draw at Rochester
Jonathan Steele
Puerto Rico
Goal in 3-1 win at Miami
Tsuyoshi Yoshitake
Goal, assist in 3-2 win at Minnesota
Gordon Chin
Led team in 2-1 win over Cleveland
Ricardo Sanchez
Goal in 3-2 loss against Charleston
Teteh Bangura
Goal in 2-1 loss at Vancouver
George Josten
Two goals in 2-1 win over Cleveland
Nicholas Addlery
Puerto Rico
Goal, assist in 3-1 win at Miami


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