Match Report: Atticus and the Green Machine Outlast Timbers

Since their big win in Kansas City, the MLS media have been abuzz about how the Portland Timbers are suddenly a force to be reckoned with in the Supporters’ Shield race.  On Wednesday afternoon at Jeld-Wen Field, however, those Timbers couldn’t reckon with the force that is the Atticus Lane-Dupre led Green Machine.

In the second minute, Atticus himself took the ball straight off of Darlington Nagbe’s foot, ran into the middle, and slotted through Will Johnson’s wickets for the opening goal.

After the Green Machine opened an early 3-0 lead, and with the Timbers Army singing “We always win ten-to-nil,” the Timbers showed some of the fightback that has been key to their early season success.  After Will Johnson freed himself on the right wing, he crossed to Darlington Nagbe at the far post, who tapped home to bring the Timbers back to 3-1.

Three minutes later, however, Atticus was back at it.  After the Green Machine weathered the Timbers’ onslaught, Atticus extended the lead by finishing clinically past a bewildered Jack Jewsbury.

After picking up a yellow card for a hard tackle in the seventh minute, Johnson found the net in the ninth, as Nagbe returned Johnson’s earlier favor by feeding the Timbers’ captain to pull the Timbers back within two.

GMFC responded again, however, tallying a pair of goals in the 10th and 11th minutes, respectively, to take a commanding 6-2 lead over the stunned Timbers.

The 12th minute brought controversy, however.  After more than a year of tough calls at home, the Timbers were gifted one when a clear Ryan Kawoluk foul went uncalled, setting the former Portland Pilot through on goal to narrow Green Machine’s lead to three.

Portland would add one more just before halftime, as Sebastian Rincon made one of his signature runs through the Green Machine defense and scored from a tight angle to give the MLS side hope heading into the locker room.

The halftime team talks were indicative of the first half, however, with Green Machine manager Caleb Porter praising his team’s adherence to Porterball’s high pressure and quick passing, and imploring them to go out and beat the Timbers at their own game.

That they did just one minute after halftime, as Green Machine promptly broke down the Timbers midfield and hit them on the break to extend the lead to 7-4.

What seemed a tall task for the Timbers to get back in the game became seemingly impossible in the 17th minute, when captain Will Johnson was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for trampling a Green Machine player.

The five-man Timbers had some fight left in them, however, as 19th minute goals from Nagbe and Jewsbury brought Portland back to within one with just five minutes to play.

Once again, enter Atticus.  After the hardworking men of Mount Tabor earned a corner kick, the ball found its way to Green Machine’s captain beyond the far post, Atticus calmly put it home from a tight angle on the right.

The Timbers’ pressure kept coming, however, and in the 22nd minute Rincon buried a jumbled Kawulok cross to pull the Timbers within one goal at 8-7.  A minute later, a Caleb Porter side was bit for trying to bunker down defensively for the second time in ten days, as the Timbers broke through a packed-in box to level things at eight.

It was Portland’s defense that got greedy two minutes from fulltime, however, as Green Machine easily passed through a flurry of desperate sliding tackles for the go-ahead goal.

But Rincon wasn’t finished.  Once again flashing the brilliance with the ball at his feet that terrorized the MLS Reserve League in 2012, Rincon tore through the Green Machine defense and seemingly salvaged a point for the Timbers with little more than a minute left.

Atticus, however, has seen tougher scrapes before and come out on top, and Wednesday would be no different.  With time ticking away and the Timbers clutching the draw, it was Green Machine’s talisman who ran into the teeth of the Timbers defense and coolly slotted into the near corner for the winner.

In the end, Atticus and the Porterballing Green Machine were too much for the Timbers to handle.  To the delight of their 3,000 supporters, Green Machine came into Jeld-Wen Field and walked away with the full three points and some of the biggest smiles you’ll ever see.

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7 Responses to Match Report: Atticus and the Green Machine Outlast Timbers

  1. Tim Hamm says:

    Just wanted to say, from a card carrying ECS guy, well done.

    That is by far one of the greatest things I have seen happen on a soccer pitch and TA made it extra special. You showed the rest of the league and truly the world how it is done.

  2. Basmah Rahman says:

    BEST. MATCH. EVER.

  3. Eric says:

    As the father of a child with cancer, you all are amazing. You made this little boy’s come true by treating him like a footie hero, but you leave a lasting impression on all of us who live with our children fighting cancer. Thanks, even though you deserve more words of gratitude.

  4. Mike says:

    Hey guys,

    Just a quick note that Make-A-Wish, which helped put this on, is holding a car raffle to raise funds. If you want to support more events like this from them, it might be worth considering. https://orwish.ejoinme.org/MyPages/MakeAWishFoundationofOregonCarRaffle/tabid/458190/Default.aspx

    No, I’m not associated with them, I just thought it was cool that they helped put this on and wanted to show a little love :)

    -Mike

  5. Michele Powers says:

    Unfortunately couldn’t make it to this game but we did see the Timbers-NE game last night and got to cheer for Atticus. There was a lot of talk at work this morning with people having seen this on the news, and every one of them teared up and had chills, me included. As the story was even featured on the UK Guardian’s website, Atticus is now a world renowned athlete! I’m sure Atticus will forever be strengthened and inspired by such an outpouring of love and support. Makes me even prouder of my team and my army for making his gift not just special but spectacular!

  6. As someone that has been following the game of American soccer since the mid 80′s I can honestly say that the Portland Timbers have always been a class act and team. Their fans are some of the best in the world. This game and the love shown by the Timbers Army (3K for a mid-morning game against 8 year old’s!) has raised the Timbers organization to “World Class” in my opinion.

    It’s great for the sport, great for the community and no matter what happens…the Green Machine players will always remember this game. Inspiring…just inspiring.

  7. GoGREEN! says:

    My younger brother is on the green machine. I thought this was such a cool and thoughtful event on make-a-wish and the timbers part. This made me so happy, seeing my brother’s friend Atticus get his dream come true. This is surely something he will remember for the rest of his life. For the things he has been through, history will consider him a super hero. Great job, Atticus.
    http://www.soccerbyives.net/images/2013/05/AtticusTimbers.jpg

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