Washington Crossfire nips Timbers U23

PDL Primary ShieldPORTLAND, OR—Washington Crossfire moved into third place in the PDL NW with a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers U23 on Saturday night at Delta Park in Portland.

Defender Jalen Markey tallied the lone goal of the match for Washington Crossfire (4-4-5, 17pts) after midfielder Alex Roldan sent in a ball from a corner kick that Markey headed over the outstretched arms of Portland goalkeeper Andrew Konstantino and into the back of the net. Konstantino finished the match with two saves, including a diving save to his left on Crossfire midfielder Michael Roberts’ shot from outside of the box in the 72nd minute.

PDL Northwest Division

Team GP W L T PTS GF GA +/-
Sounders FC U23 12 8 4 0 24 19 12 7
Calgary Foothills FC 11 6 2 3 21 17 7 10
Washington Crossfire 13 4 4 5 17 13 14 -1
Kitsap Pumas 13 4 4 5 14 9 14 -5
Lane United FC 12 3 4 5 14 11 11 0
Victoria Highlanders FC 12 3 5 4 13 13 15 -2
Portland Timbers U-23s 13 2 7 4 10 12 21 -9

Searching for an equalizer, the Timbers U-23s (2-7-4, 10pts) created a number of scoring opportunities in the second half. In the 59th minute, midfielder Edson Martinez’s cross from the right wing found forward Jordan Jones, who’s right-footed shot just missed the frame. Defender Niko De Vera carried the ball from his own half and fired a shot at Crossfire goalkeeper Saif Kerawala, which he saved in the 68th minute.

Portland’s best goal scoring opportunity came in the 79th minute when first-half substitute Eddie Sanchez avoided several defenders and placed a right-footed shot on goal that forced Kerawala into a diving save to his left.

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