“Oh no……here we go again….”
As the ball floated into the penalty box, Goats Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy stuck
his fist out to punch it away. At that same moment defender James Riley rose
to head the ball away.
Goalkeeper + defender not on the same page with each other + floating ball in
the air = goal for the other team. That’s the usual formula and that’s
exactly what we got as Portland Timbers forward, Kris Boyd put the home side on
the score sheet.
We’d seen this story before, right? Other team scores off a blunder and just sits back for the 1-0
result knowing full well the Goats will be powerless to come
back. As the first half came to an end, it was almost as if we were watching a
Enter Ryan Smith.
As the second half got underway, it still felt like this examiner was
watching a rerun. But of the match against Real Salt Lake from a couple
of weeks back instead.
Rather than hope for the goalkeeper to mess up though, the Goats actually
scored on a great play anchored by 2nd half sub, Ryan Smith. Picked up from Sporting KC in the offseason,
Smith beat his defender and crossed the ball onto the onrushing head of team
captain, Alejandro Moreno. Not content to sit back, the Goats took it to
Timbers looking to score again.
Just when it seemed the Goats might be content settling for the draw, Ryan
Smith worked his left footed magic again this time to find midfielder Nick
LaBrocca for the 2-1 lead.
With the win, they bring their overall record to 2 wins, 3, losses and 0
ties. Both wins having come on the road. Still though, if the team can play
like last Saturday more often (and preferably at home in front of their loyal
supporters), then this season promises to be a better one for all parties
The Goats now travel to Toronto to take on a team that is winless all season
long (their one victory against MLS completion came in the Champions League).
Can the Goats make it 2 in a row where they drew last year? Find out this
Saturday afternoon, April 14th. Kickoff at Toronto’s BMO Field is scheduled
for 1:30pm Los Angeles time on KWHY Channel. 22 & FSWEST.
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